FDA: Pet food company issued four recalls after salmonella findings


Redbarn Pet Products of California is voluntarily recalling Bully Sticks because they may be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria.

Darwin's Natural and ZooLogics, Raws for Paws Ground Turkey Pet Food, Redbarn Pet Products and Smokehouse Pet Products have all recalled a variety of their dog foods and treats over the past week.

Several pet food products have been recalled due to the presence of salmonella, according to recent reports. That means washing your hands and anything else that comes into contact with the pet food for at least 20 seconds in hot, soapy water, says the FDA.

"Arrow Reliance/Darwin's Natural has notified its customers directly of the recalls, but has so far not issued any public notification announcing this or any of the previous recalls", the FDA reports.

The FDA said the latest recall was sparked by a complaint that an adult dog that had recurring diarrhea over a nine-month period. Reading found in the children was also found in four samples of Raws for Paws Ground Turkey Food for Pets that was used to feed the family dog.

Raw pet food is more likely than other types of pet food to contain Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes.

No public recall notice was issued, company officials told the FDA, because they only sell products online through direct-to-customer sales.

The product affected was packaged in Turkey Pet Food cases with the manufacture date of 10/12/2017 and Combo Pack cases with a manufacture date between 10/12/2017 and 2/2/2018.

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People who handle contaminated pet food and anything it touches, including counter tops, utensils and pet bowls, are at risk of contracting infections from pathogens such as Salmonella.

The contamination was discovered after reports of pets dying or falling ill, according to Syracuse.com citing USA Today.

What Do Consumers Need To Do?

Pet owners who opt to feed their pets a raw diet should consult FDA's "Tips to Prevent Foodborne Illness from Raw Pet Food".

The FDA highlighted its zero tolerance for harmful bacteria found in food products for pets. Similarly, veterinary care should be sought for pets that show any of these signs.

Animals can shed the bacteria when they have bowel movements, so it's particularly important to clean up animal feces in yards or parks where people or other animals may become exposed.

The FDA encourages consumers to report complaints about this and other pet food products electronically through the Safety Reporting Portal or by calling their states FDA Consumer Complaint Coordinators.