FDA Issues Recalls For Several Raw Pet Food Companies
It’s been a rough week for pet food makers. A class action lawsuit against Big Heart Brand Petfoods has been launched after the FDA started an investigation into whether pet foods made by the brand contained pentobarbital, and now the FDA has issued recalls against four different food companies after reports that they may be contaminated with Salmonella.
The four brands–Redbarn Pet Products, Raws For Paws Dog Food, Darwin’s Natural Pet Products and ZooLogics Pet Food–are being looked at after six pets got ill and/or died. One kitten died, and two children also got sick. The FDA wants to stress the importance of handling raw foods carefully, as humans can contract Salmonella from contaminated food if they accidentally transfer the bacteria to their mouths.
This can even happen if the dog or cat doesn’t actually get sick from the contamination, but are carriers, and then transfer the bacteria to their surroundings. Salmonella can be deadly to humans and animals.
The FDA says that 4,000 pounds of Raw For Paws’s ground turkey pet food and Smokehouse Pet Product’s ‘Beefy Munchies’ dog treats may potentially be contaminated with Salmonella.
Symptoms of Salmonella infection in animals include fever, loss of appetite, decreased activity levels, diarrhea and vomiting. If your pet is suffering any of these symptoms and has had any of the potentially affected foods, you should contact your veterinarian immediately.
For a complete list of all the recalled products, you can go to the FDA’s website.
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