Recently, Salmonella was found in some raw dog food products, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
A dog food company named Darwin’s Natural Pet Products tested positive for the bacterium Salmonella. FDA tested 3 lots of Darwin’s raw pet food products and concluded the presence of bacteria in them. The products are manufactured by Arrow Reliance, Inc., and are sold directly online.
Why the check happened?
FDA received a consumer complaint regarding the contamination of the food. The department analyzed unopened samples from 3 lots and found the bacterium present. FDA has issued an warning to pet owners regarding feeding raw pet food from Darwin’s, stating that it can present a serious threat to the health of their dog and their family.
Lots identified as contaminated by FDA are:
- “Natural Selections Turkey Recipe with Organic Vegetables for Dogs,” manufactured Oct. 26, 2018, Code 5339(11)181026
- Other two lots – “Natural Selections Chicken Recipe with Organic Vegetables for Dogs,” manufactured Oct. 19, 2018 and Nov. 6, 2018 with codes 5309(11)181019 and 5375(11)181106 respectively.
FDA has recommended that people who have products from this lot and matching code, should destroy them or throw them away securely, so that any other animal cannot access it. They have also recommended people to thoroughly clean all the surfaces, containers or items that are kept in close proximity or used to consume the products.
What is Salmonella?
It is a bacterium which can cause illness and even death in humans and animals. It often leads to disorders, including gastroenteritis, spontaneous abortions, and septicemia. Salmonella infection is a disease that can be transmitted to humans especially those with weak immunity (very young and old people). Infected dogs and people can notice symptoms such as:
- Abdominal cramps
- Weight loss
- Skin disease
- Mucus in stool
- Abnormally fast heart rate
The manufacturer, Arrow Reliance has started recalling its products and removing them from the market. However, they haven’t released a public notice.
“The FDA is not confident that the firm’s customer notifications are effective for this ongoing recall,” the agency said in its statement.
FDA concern is that people may still have the product stored frozen. People buying Darwin’s pet food brand should check the code and manufacture date. If they already have the product stored in their home, they should dispose it immediately.
Source: Fox News
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