On March 3rd, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Carney’s Point, New Jersey-based Bravo Packing, Inc. announced a recall for two varieties of raw dog food. No instances of illness or death have been reported.
Which Products Are Being Recalled?
Bravo Packing and the FDA are recalling all lots of its Ground Beef and Performance Dog raw dog foods. The frozen products are sold nationwide in both 2-pound and 5-pound sleeves.
Why Are These Products Being Recalled?
An FDA inspection found both Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes in samples of the above products. These contaminants can infect any animal or person who eats or handles affected food.
Salmonella infection is rarely fatal in healthy people and animals. Most cases result in symptoms including nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal cramping. Rarer and more severe side effects include arthritis, muscle pain, and infections of the heart muscles. Infected pets can shed Salmonella particles in their saliva and feces, potentially infecting humans and other pets.
Listeria infections are especially dangerous for people and animals with underlying diseases and/or weakened immune systems. Both mild and severe cases may result in symptoms like stiffness, nausea, diarrhea, and a high fever.
Not all dogs exposed to these pathogens will show symptoms.
What Should I Do?
Pet owners are advised to dispose of the affected products and monitor their pet for symptoms of infection. They should also wash their hands thoroughly and clean any surfaces that made contact with either type of contaminated food. Though most infections are mild and some pets will not develop symptoms, anyone who served any amount of these products to their dog is advised to consult their veterinarian.
Anyone with additional questions or concerns can contact Bravo Packing, Inc. directly at 856-299-1044.