Redbarn Pet Products of California has issued a voluntary recall of its Bully Sticks due to possible Salmonella contamination, following the pattern of 2 other pet food products that were recalled last week for the same reason.
The recalls involve a variety of products, all surfacing in the last week after six pets died or were sickened. Also, two children became ill, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The most recent was on Saturday after testing found salmonella in samples of their raw pet food.
This does not just pose a threat to animals, but also to humans who handle the food. The dog tested positive for Salmonella from initial testing by the veterinarian and by follow-up testing by the FDA's Veterinary Laboratory Investigation and Response Network.
Darwin's first series of product recalls encompassed three lots of Meals for Dogs manufactured on July 20, July 21 and July 25 in 2016, less than one month following the June 2016 inspection.
According to the FDA, two people have picked up salmonella from Raw for Paws.
Salmonella contamination symptoms are much the same for both humans and animals, and include feeling lethargic, fever, body aches, nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps and diarrhoea. But pets don't always have symptoms, which for them include vomiting, diarrhea, fever, loss of appetite and lethargy. Raw pet food-which typically consists of uncooked meat, bones, and organs-is more likely to contain pathogens that can make you or your pet sick.
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.
ZooLogics Duck with Vegetable Meals for Dogs lot 41957 and ZooLogics Chicken with Vegetable Meals for Dogs lot 41567 were sold online. 6 animal infestations were confirmed after consuming ZooLogics and Darwin's Natural pet food. Pets can get sick from Salmonella. "Our No. 1 priority is providing your pet with meals that you can feel confident are healthy and safe". The recalled item is in a 2.4 ounce, green plastic bag marked with an expiration date of 112120ABC stamped on the side. Consumers who purchased 7-inch Bully Stick multipacks with the affected lot code are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund.
"We test every product lot before it leaves our manufacturing plant". The codes for these cases are 9900008, 9900009, 9900014, and 9900015. Nevertheless, the company is recalling the product out of an abundance of caution.
"We believe this was an isolated incident".
This contaminated raw pet food is of particular public health importance because of the potential hazard to both human and animal health. "We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused and wish those affected by illness a speedy and healthy recovery".