Salmonella Health Risk Prompts Recall of Go Raw’s Quest Beef Cat Food
Go Raw LLC is recalling its two-pound frozen bags of Quest Beef Cat Food because of possible Salmonella contamination. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) posted the company statement mid-November.
Officials from the Cottonwood, Utah-based company said that the affected products were nationally distributed through retail stores and are identified with the following UPC 6-91730-17101-8, Lot N128.
No illnesses have been reported to date, according to company officials.
The recall was prompted after the firm was notified by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture when a sample was collected and tested positive for Salmonella. The firm conducted their own test, which resulted in a negative result, officials said. Salmonella is not evenly distributed throughout a lot, which is why it could have been found on a small sample that the Minnesota Department of Agriculture took, officials added.
Go Raw officials are conducting the voluntary recall of this product because of their “commitment to overall safety and quality.”
Salmonella can affect animals eating the products and there is a 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.
Pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever and vomiting, officials said in the statement. Some pets will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans, officials added. Pet owners who have pets that have consumed the recalled product and have these symptoms, should contact their veterinarian.
Consumers should follow the safe handling tips published on the packaging when disposing of the affected product.
Company officials urge consumers who have purchased two-pound bags of Quest Beef Cat Food to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund