FDA, state investigate Darwin's pet food after illnesses, death

PETS     Dog chews recalled for contamination concern     
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The recall was announced after the Minnesota Department of Public Health reported that two children in one home were exposed to the food, which was fed to the family's dog.

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. In each instance, the company recalled these products after being alerted to positive findings of Salmonella and/or Listeria monocytogenes in samples of their raw pet food products. These lots were sold online, in Iowa, Wisconsin and Minnesota. Pets can also become carriers of the bacteria-without getting ill themselves-and infect humans. You can see examples of the packaging here. The affected products were sold in pet specialty stores nationwide with an expiration date of 112120ABC. The Turkey Pet Food cases were manufactured on October 12, 2017.

Christofersen Meats suspended production while MDA and the company continue investigating the source of the contamination.

The FDA is also investigating a pattern of contamination in raw pet foods made by Arrow Reliance Inc., which produces products for Darwin's Natural Pet Products and ZooLogics Pet Food. That means washing your hands and anything else that comes into contact with the pet food for at least 20 seconds in hot, soapy water, says the FDA.

Befy Munchies 4 ounce packs, lot 449294 and UPC 78565857957 were recalled.

Recalls were issued for Pet Food Combo Pack cases with the following codes: 9900008, 9900009, 9900014 and 9900015. They were distributed mainly in North Carolina, Washington, Michigan and Colorado. Some pets will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain.

As for people, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, "Most persons infected with salmonella develop diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after infection".

Symptoms typically clear up in four to seven days but can require hospitalization in severe cases.

Pets can carry salmonella even if they appear to be healthy.

Listeriosis is not common in pets, and when infected, typical symptoms include diarrhea and vomiting. Consumers who purchased affected products are urged to throw them away, clean and disinfect any bowls or other surfaces that may have been contaminated, and contact health care providers or veterinarians. If so, dispose of them immediately.

The US FDA has issued warnings about several pet foods tainted with salmonella.



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