Pet food recalled over salmonella, listeria issues: FDA

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Beware, Pet Owners: Certain dog foods are being recalled as they may be contaminated with Salmonella and Listeria. This came out from a recall notice posted on the Food and Drug Administration website this week.

New Jersey-based Bravo Packing, Inc. announced in a recall notice posted on the FDA website Wednesday that it had all of its 2-pound and 5-pound sleeves of its ground beef and performance dog, frozen raw pet food, Recalls products are contaminated with both types of bacteria.

Although no human or pet illness has been reported to date, the recall began after samples from Performance Dog and a sample of ground beef tested positive for Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes following an FDA inspection according to the recall notice.

“Pets with salmonella infections can be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Some pets have less appetite, fever, and abdominal pain. Pets exposed to contaminated food can become infected without showing symptoms. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian, ”the recall notification states. “Infected animals, including those without symptoms, can also release salmonella through their feces and saliva, thereby transmitting pathogens into the home environment, as well as to people and other animals in the household.”

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In humans, symptoms of salmonella usually develop 1 to 72 hours after exposure to the bacteria, with most people developing diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps. The illness usually lasts four to seven days, and most people recover without treatment, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

“In some people, the disease can be so severe that the patient has to be hospitalized,” said the CDC. “Salmonella infection can spread from the intestines into the bloodstream and then to other parts of the body.”

According to federal health authorities, children under the age of 5, pregnant women, adults aged 65 and over, and people with weakened immune systems are more likely to have serious illnesses.

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Listeria monocytogenes, according to the FDA, is an organism that can sometimes cause “serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, the frail or the elderly, and others with weakened immune systems.” “Although healthy individuals may have short-term symptoms such as high fever, headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea, Listeria monocytogenes infection can lead to miscarriages and stillbirths in pregnant women.”

The pet food was distributed nationwide, with both Performance Dog and Ground Beef coming in frozen 2 pound or 5 pound plastic sleeves. Consumers who bought any of the foods are encouraged to throw it away.