Salmonella is showing up in a variety of pet foods, prompting the Food and Drug Administration to issue recalls and safety warnings for dog food products from five different companies since the beginning of February, including Raws For Paws Dog Food, Red Barn Pet Products, and Smokehouse Pet Products.
The two reports of human illness resulted from contact with Raws for Paws Ground Turkey Pet Food.
Salmonellosis is the food poisoning caused by the Salmonella enterica bacterium, which is mostly caused by eating food contaminated by salmonella. Veterinarians who wish to have dogs tested for Salmonella may do so through the Vet-LIRN Network if the pet is from a household with a person infected with Salmonella. Pets can get sick and/or carry the bacteria to infect humans. In addition, lab analysis of closed packages of Darwin's pet food obtained by FDA from Judy on January 24 found Salmonella in the product.
Christofersen Meats suspended production while MDA and the company continue investigating the source of the contamination.
In the most recent incident on February 10, 2018, Arrow Reliance/Darwin's Natural recalled ZooLogics Duck with Vegetable Meals for Dogs (Lot #41957) and ZooLogics Chicken with Vegetable Meals for Dogs (Lot #41567) because the products may be contaminated with Salmonella.
"Raw pet food is more likely than other types of pet food to contain salmonella and listeria monocytogens. Pet owners who choose to feed raw pet food should be aware of the risks associated with these products", the federal agency said. The affected packages were in cases with codes 9900008, 9900009, 9900014, and 9900015. They were sold throughout Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Iowa and online.
The Colorado Department of Agriculture found that a single sample collected from a retail location tested positive for the pathogenic bacteria.
Darwin's first series of product recalls encompassed three lots of Meals for Dogs manufactured on July 20, July 21 and July 25 in 2016, less than one month following the June 2016 inspection.
No illnesses, injuries or complaints have been reported, Redbarn said.
The FDA encourages consumers to report complaints about this and other pet food products electronically through the Safety Reporting Portal or by calling their state's FDA Consumer Complaint Coordinators.
Recalls were issued for Bully Stick 3 pack seven-inch packs with UPC stamp 7 85184 25105 8 and exp. You can see examples of the packaging here. Four-ounce bags of Beefy Munchies dog treats were additionally found by the department to have salmonella and were recalled. No public recall notice was issued, company officials told the FDA, because they only sell products online through direct-to-customer sales. Their UPC Code is 78565857957 and they're marked with the Best Used By Date of 10/25/19.
No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem, the company said.