Salmonella in pet food prompts two separate recalls

Posted at 1:23 PM, Jul 27, 2015
and last updated 2015-07-27 13:23:46-04

NEW YORK — Salmonella found in pet food has sparked two separate recalls and warnings to pet owners to check what they’re feeding their four-legged family members.

Dog food made by Nature’s Valley is being recalled after FDA testing found Salmonella in a sample of 7-pound Instinst Raw Chicken Bites.

The following products are being recalled as part of that finding:

  • UPC# 769949611431 – Instinct Raw Chicken Formula Bites for Dogs 4 lb.
  • UPC# 769949611448 – Instinct Raw Chicken Formula Bites for Dogs 7 lb.
  • UPC# 769949611486 – Instinct Raw Chicken Formula Patties for Dogs 6 lb.

Those recalled bites and patties are marked with a “best by” date of April 27, 2016, and were sold in retail stores in the U.S. and Canada. No illness have been reported, the company said.

Consumers can bring the dog food in its original packaging or with proof of purchase back to the store where they bought it for a complete refund or exchange, the company said.

In a separate recall also involving fears of Salmonella contamination, some 105 cases of “Bravo Blend Chicken diet for dogs & cats — Chub” are being recalled, the Connecticut-based Bravo! Pet Foods said. Those cases were sold to distributors, retail stores, Internet retailers and directly to customers in the U.S.

The 2-pound bags are marked with a “best by” date of Dec. 5, 2016, and the UPC code 829546211028.

Three other Bravo products are being recalled even though they did not test positive for the bacterium, the company said.

These products were made in the same facility on the same day as the pet food that tested positive for Salmonella and are being recalled “out of an abundance of caution”:

(Photo: FDA)

(Photo: FDA)

Testing by the New York State Department of Agriculture discovered Salmonella in the chicken product, the company said. There have been no reports of illness in humans or their pets linked to the recalled food.

Bravo was the subject of a similar recall in September 2014, when two lots of its poultry pet food tested positive for Salmonella.

Salmonella can sicken pets who eat the food and their owners who handle the food.

Symptoms of Salmonella infection in pets include lethargy, diarrhea, bloody diarrhea, fever and vomiting. Some pets will experience less severe symptoms, including decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain.

The symptoms are similar in humans sickened by the bacterium.

Even if a pet doesn’t show symptoms, it can still be a carrier, able to infect other animals and humans. Pet owners whose furry family members ate the recalled food are urged to call their veterinarian.

Anyone preparing raw or pet food is reminded to wash their hands thoroughly after handling the food.