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Potential Salmonella Contamination Spurs Dog Food Recalls


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Several pet food products have been recalled due to the presence of salmonella, according to recent reports.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued recalls and/or safety warnings for dog food products from Raws For Paws Dog Food, Redbarn Pet Products and Smokehouse Pet Products, according to a USA Today report.

Redbarn voluntarily recalled its 7-inch bully stick three-pack dog chews due to the potential for salmonella contamination, even though no illnesses, injuries or complaints have been reported, according to the FDA’s website.

The site also stated that the company’s president Jeff Sutherland released a statement that explained: “On 2/5/2018, we were notified by the Colorado Department of Agriculture that a single sample collected from a retail location detected salmonella. At Redbarn, we test every product lot before it leaves our manufacturing plant. This lot code, expiry date 112120ABC, was tested both at our Redbarn lab and by a third-party testing facility. Those tests were negative for salmonella or pathogens. Despite not being able to replicate these test results or receiving any negative reports from customers regarding these chews, we feel the best course of action is to recall this lot code of the product and keep our customers safe.”

Similarly, Raws for Paws and Smokehouse pulled product due to the risk of salmonella contamination. There were instances of illness in connection with Raws for Paws, which pulled its 5-pound and 1-pound chubs of ground turkey pet food, and none for Smokehouse, which recalled 4-ounce bags of its Beefy Munchies dog treats.

Meanwhile, the FDA released a statement this week that it is investigating a pattern of contamination of raw food products manufactured by Arrow Reliance, including Darwin’s Natural Pet Products and ZooLogics Pet Food. There have been four instances of consumer complaints and recalls since October of last year. Raw food products from these brands were found to test positive for salmonella and/or Listeria monocytogenes.

In related news, J.M. Smucker Company, which owns Big Heart Pet Foods, initiated a voluntary withdrawal of various wet dog food products due to the potential to contain low levels of pentobarbital, a euthanasia drug, according to DogFoodAdvisor.com.

Affected products include canned wet dog food versions of the following brands: Gravy Train, Kibbles ‘N Bits, Ol’ Roy and Skippy. 

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