Redbarn Pet Products Issues Voluntary Recall of Dog Chews

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

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".

Darwin's Natural Pet Products: several lots of Darwin's Zoologics dog food, including Zoologics Chicken and Vegetable Meals for Dogs manufactured on 11/2/17, and Zoologics Duck and Vegetable Meals for Dogs manufactured on 11/16/17.

Redbarn President Jeff Sutherland released a statement regarding the voluntary recall: "On 2/5/2018, we were notified by the Colorado Department of Agriculture that a single sample collected from a retail location detected Salmonella".

The company recalled its four-ounce bags of dog treats labeled as "Beefy Munchies".

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

Salmonella can affect animals eating the products and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products or any surfaces exposed to these products.

According to the FDA, two people have picked up salmonella from Raw for Paws.

What is the problem and what's being done about it?

The FDA said the latest recall was sparked by a complaint that an adult dog that had recurring diarrhea over a nine-month period. The dog tested positive for Salmonella from initial testing by the veterinarian and by follow-up testing by the FDAs Veterinary Laboratory Investigation and Response Network (Vet-LIRN). Reading found in the children was also found in four samples of Raws for Paws Ground Turkey Food for Pets that was used to feed the family dog. The firm has not issued a public recall notice. The Salmonella isolated from the kitten was analyzed using whole genome sequencing and found to be indistinguishable from the Salmonella isolated from a closed package from the same lot of Darwins Natural cat food that the kitten ate.

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

See the FDA website for additional details about recalled products.

The recalled product is packaged into 1-pound and 5-pound sealed plastic tubes, also known as chubs.

This does not just pose a threat to animals, but also to humans who handle the food. And others can harbor the bacteria and show no symptoms, but can pass it along to other animals and people.

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