Published: Thu, February 15, 2018
Business | By Max Garcia

Pet Products Recalled for Salmonella Infection Risk

Pet Products Recalled for Salmonella Infection Risk

The company recalled the products after being alerted to positive findings of salmonella in samples of their raw pet food products, the FDA said. 6 animal infestations were confirmed after consuming ZooLogics and Darwin's Natural pet food.

According to USA Today, six pets either died or were sickened in connection with Darwin's Natural and ZooLogics pet foods, which has issued four salmonella- or listeria-related recalls since October 2016.

Public recall notifications were not made but customers were sent an email. The recalled item is in a 2.4 ounce, green plastic bag marked with an expiration date of 112120ABC stamped on the side. The product UPC is #7 85184 25105 8. You can see examples of the packaging here.

The Raws for Paws Ground Turkey Pet Food was distributed in Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin.

The company notified its customers of the recall by emails sent only to those customers who purchased the recalled products.

Recalls were issued for Pet Food Combo Pack cases with the following codes: 9900008, 9900009, 9900014 and 9900015.

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.

Salmonellosis is the food poisoning caused by the Salmonella enterica bacterium, which is mostly caused by eating food contaminated by salmonella.

This does not just pose a threat to animals, but also to humans who handle the food. Pets can get sick and/or carry the bacteria to infect humans. Some pets will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. The symptoms last up to a week and the majority of people recover without treatment, the FDA said. Symptoms of Salmonella infection can include diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps. Pets can pass Salmonella to humans without showing any signs of the illness themselves.

People can contract infections through contact with an infected pet, or by not thoroughly washing their hands after handling a contaminated product. On Feb. 5, Christofersen Meats, doing business as Swanson Meats, in Minneapolis, (and no relation to Swanson Meals), launched a recall of approximately 4,000 lbs. of the company's 5-lb. and 1-lb. chubs of ground turkey pet food. Pet owners who have this product matching this lot code in their homes are urged to discontinue use of the product.

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.

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