FDA, state investigate Darwin's pet food after illnesses, death

Four dog food companies issue recalls for salmonella contamination

Four dog food companies issue recalls for salmonella contamination

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. Bully Sticks chews for dogs manufactured by Redbarn Pet Products (Long Beach, Calif.) were recalled after a sample tested positive for salmonella.

Young children are particularly at risk for salmonellosis if they handle or ingest contaminated pet food or unwashed bowls used to feed the pet food.

The FDA also says it received two reports of human illness from contact with the Minneapolis-based Raws for Paws Ground Turkey Pet Food. The products in question have case codes of 9900008, 9900009, 9900014, and 9900015. In addition, lab analysis of closed packages of Darwin's pet food obtained by FDA from Judy on January 24 found Salmonella in the product. The chubs are packaged into regular Turkey Pet Food cases and Pet Food Combo Pack cases, which contain a variety of pet food products. The recalled pet food was sold in Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin as well as online.

The recalled Beefy Munchies come in 4-ounce bags with a best by date of October 25, 2019, and a lot No. of 449294. The product was sold in pet specialty retail stores.

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. Some pets will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Pets can also become carriers of the bacteria-without getting ill themselves-and infect humans.

Most people infected with Salmonella develop diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps 6 to 72 hours after infection. Typically salmonella infection in both humans and animals, produces symptoms that are experienced for 4 to 7 days.

"However, in some persons, the diarrhea may be so severe that the patient needs to be hospitalized". See a list of all products that have been recalled now and in the past here.

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.

The Raws for Paws want consumers to stop using the ground turkey and give them a call.

Listeriosis is not common in pets, and when infected, typical symptoms include diarrhea and vomiting.

Others at increased risk of serious infection are the elderly, pregnant women, and people with weakened immune systems.

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