The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently announced the recall of several batches of two brands of dogs foods because they might be contaminated with salmonella — Bravo Chicken pet foods for dogs and cats and Nature Variety’s Instinct Raw Chicken Formula for Dogs.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently announced the recall of several batches of two brands of pet foods because they might be contaminated with salmonella.
The brands are Bravo Chicken pet foods for dogs and cats and Nature Variety’s Instinct Raw Chicken Formula for Dogs.
Salmonella can cause serious illness or fatal infection in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems, according to the FDA.
The affected products from Nature’s Variety are limited to the Instinct Raw Chicken Formula Frozen Diets packaged in the following forms:
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•UPC# 769949611431 — Instinct Raw Chicken Formula Bites for Dogs; 4 pounds; Best By 04/27/16
•UPC# 769949611448 — Instinct Raw Chicken Formula Bites for Dogs; 7 pounds; Best By 04/27/16
•UPC# 769949611486 — Instinct Raw Chicken Formula Patties for Dogs; 6 pounds; Best By 04/27/16
The “Best By” date is on the back of the package below the seal. The products were distributed through retail stores in the United States and limited distribution in Canada. No other Nature’s Variety products were affected, the FDA says.
Nature’s Variety became aware of a potential issue after the FDA notified the St. Louis company that a routine surveillance sample tested positive for salmonella.
In addition, more than 100 cases of Bravo Blend Chicken diet for dogs & cats — Cubs have been recalled for possible contamination: UPC# 829546211028 — Item No. 21-102; 2 pounds chub; Best used by 12-05-16.
Although the following products did not test positive for salmonella, the company is recalling them because they were manufactured in the same facility on the same day as the product that tested positive. They are:
•UPC 829546214012 — Bravo Balance Chicken Dinner for dogs — Patties; Item No. 21-401; 3 pound bag; best use by 12-05-16
•UPC 829546214012 — Bravo Balance Chicken Dinner for dogs — Chub; Item No. 21-402; 2 pound chub; best used by 12-05-2016
•UPC 829546215088 — Bravo Blend Chicken diet for dogs & cats — Patties; Item No. 21-508; 5 pound bags; best used by 12-05-2016
These products were sold to distributors, retail stores, Internet retailers and directly to consumers in the United States, the FDA says. The recalled products should not be sold or fed to pets and should be destroyed or disposed of in a safe manner.
The recall was initiated after routine testing by the New York State Department of Agriculture revealed the presence of salmonella.
Bravo Pet Foods, of Manchester, Conn., says it has received no reports of illness to date in either humans or animals associated with these products.
According to the FDA, healthy people infected with salmonella should monitor themselves for nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. Rarely, salmonella can cause more serious ailments, including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms. Consumers with these symptoms should contact their health-care providers, the agency says.
Pets with salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Some pets will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has the symptoms, the FDA recommends you contact your veterinarian.