4 dog food companies issue recall over salmonella fears

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The FDA is alerting pet owners to a pattern of four recalls and multiple complaints associated with Tukwila-based Darwin's Natural Pet Products' raw pet foods.

People who handle contaminated pet food without proper hand washing can accidentally transfer the bacteria to their mouths.

"Even a single cell is enough to make an animal or a human sick", he said.

The Beefy Munchies' posted to the FDA site notes, "Pets with salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting".

The FDA says it has a zero-tolerance policy for Salmonella or other pathogenic bacteria in all pet food, meaning the agency will take action, as appropriate, against any pet food found to be contaminated with the harmful bacteria.

The recalled ground turkey pet food was distributed throughout Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Iowa directly to consumers and through online mail orders.

The company only sells its products directly to consumers online. The manufacture date of Turkey Pet Food cases is October 12 and the manufacture dates of Combo Pack cases are between October 12 and February 2.

Shortly after the December 2017 recall, one of Darwin's customers learned that her German Shepherd, Blitz, had become infected with Salmonella.

Smokehouse Pet Products is recalling its 4-ounce package of "Beefy Munchies" after routine testing by the Colorado USDA detected Salmonella in a sample collected from a pet store.

"Darwin's told me it was safe to feed Blitz the (ZooLogics) food because it wasn't on the recall list they were dealing with back in November/December".

This contaminated raw pet food is of particular public health importance because of the potential hazard to both human and animal health. Bully Sticks chews for dogs manufactured by Redbarn Pet Products (Long Beach, Calif.) were recalled after a sample tested positive for salmonella. One was a kitten, but the types of the other pets was not disclosed. 6 animal infestations were confirmed after consuming ZooLogics and Darwin's Natural pet food.

Two illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem, Raws for Paws said.

The FDA is asking consumers to report complaints about this and other pet food products through the Safety Reporting Portal or by calling their state's FDA Consumer Complaint Coordinators.

Salmonella infection symptoms in people can include diarrhea that lasts for more than three days, or is accompanied by high fever, blood in the stool, or so much vomiting that you cannot keep liquids down and you pass very little urine. Veterinarians who wish to have dogs tested for Salmonella may do so through the Vet-LIRN Network if the pet is from a household with a person infected with Salmonella.

Since 2016, Arrow Reliance/Darwins Natural has recalled seven raw pet food products.

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