On September 22nd, Phoenix, Arizona’s Real Pet Food Company issued a voluntary recall for one of its dog food products.
Which Product is Being Recalled?
This recall only applies to one variety of the Real Pet Food Company’s dog food:
- 4-pound bags of Billy + Margot Wild Kangaroo and Superfoods Recipe dog food
- Lot Code: V 07 Feb 2022
Why Is This Dog Food Being Recalled?
As of the 22nd, Real Pet Food Company has not received any complaints from pet owners. They were inspired to announce the recall when state investigators discovered Salmonella bacteria in a bag of the aforementioned product. The organization has stopped producing and distributing the product and is collaborating with the FDA to investigate the incident.
Pet food contaminated with Salmonella can affect both pets who eat it and pet parents who handle it. Affected individuals typically suffer from symptoms including vomiting, diarrhea, and severe abdominal cramps. Pets who’ve ingested the bacteria may exhibit similar symptoms, as well as sluggishness and fever. Even asymptomatic pets may be capable of infecting others. Symptoms rarely last more than a few days, but pet parents should contact their veterinarian immediately if they believe their pet has ingested contaminated food.
What Should I Do?
If you have potentially-contaminated dog food in your home, discard it immediately. Retailers should also remove the product from their shelves. The FDA encourages anyone seeking a refund to call Real Pet Food (1-800-467-5494) for assistance.
Check out this article to learn more about preventing foodborne illness.