Four dog food companies issue recalls for salmonella contamination

Randall Padilla
February 16, 2018

The Food and Drug Administration and the Washington State Department of Agriculture are investigating what FDA describes as a "pattern of Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes contamination in raw pet foods manufactured by Arrow Reliance Inc".

The FDA is alerting pet owners to four recalls of and multiple complaints associated with Darwin's Natural and ZooLogics pet foods, manufactured by Arrow Reliance Inc., dba Darwin's Natural Pet Products, over the period from October 17, 2016 to February 10, 2018.

The recalls involve a variety of products, all surfacing in the last week after six pets died or were sickened. See a list of all products that have been recalled now and in the past here. There were instances of illness in connection with Raws for Paws, which pulled its 5-pound and 1-pound chubs of ground turkey pet food, and none for Smokehouse, which recalled 4-ounce bags of its Beefy Munchies dog treats.

According to the FDA, the manufacturer emailed customers about the recall, but "has so far not issued any public notification announcing this or any of the previous recalls". Pets can also become carriers of the bacteria-without getting ill themselves-and infect humans.

Both pets and those handling the food are at risk for contracting salmonella from contaminated food, with symptoms of the illness including fever, fatigue, body aches, nausea, vomiting, cramping, and diarrhea.

The potential contamination is said to not only affect animals that have consumed the food, but also the humans that handle it. Salmonella recovered from the kitten was indistinguishable from the Salmonella found in a closed package of Darwin's food from the same lot that was fed to the animal, according to the agency.

Symptoms of Listeria monocytogeness include diarrhea, fever and muscle cramps. In 10 years of selling raw pet food, this is our first recall. However pets do not always have symptoms, which for animals include vomiting, diarrhea, fever, lethargy, and loss of appetite.

What Do Consumers Need To Do?

Human illness cases were reported after contact with Raws for Paws Ground Turkey Pet Food.

Consumers who had this product in their homes should clean their refrigerator and clean and disinfect all bowls, utensils, food prep surfaces, pet bedding, toys, floors, and any other surfaces that the food or pet may have had contact with. Consumers who purchased this raw pet food should throw it away.

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