Blue Ridge Beef, a pet food manufacturer with locations across the United States, has issued a voluntary recall of two of its frozen, raw pet food products. According to the FDA, the recall is due to potential contamination with Salmonella and/or Listeria.
The recalled products can be identified by the following manufacturing codes:
Beef for Dogs
Lot #mfd ga8516
UPC Code: 8542980011009
Lot #mfd ga81216
UPC code 854298001016
The affected products were sold in 2-lb chubs and were distributed to retail stores in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Arizona, and Texas.
The recall was initiated after the FDA received one complaint of two kitten illnesses and one complaint of a puppy death. Testing by the FDA of a 2-lb chub of beef for dogs and kitten grind collected at a veterinary office revealed the presence of Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes. However, there is no direct evidence linking these illnesses and the dog’s death to the contaminated products.
Common symptoms associated with Salmonella poisoning in pets include fever, lethargy, lack of appetite, diarrhea, bloody diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, or abdominal pain.
Humans who have handled the contaminated pet products are also at risk of contracting Salmonella and Listeria, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands.
Healthy people infected with Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes should monitor themselves for the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping, and fever.
Consumers who have purchased the above lots of beef for dogs or kitten grind are urged to stop feeding them and dispose of them immediately or return the products to the place of purchase for a full refund. Those with questions can email the company at firstname.lastname@example.org.