Bravo Issues Nationwide Recall of Pet Food for Dogs and Cats
Bravo! Pet Food issued a nationwide recall of select lots of some of its products because they might have the potential to be contaminated with a strain of the listeria bacteria.
This recall stems from the Food and Drug Administration passing along the findings of an independent lab that detected listeria in samples of Bravo
Additionally, the Manchester, Conn.-based pet food manufacturer has received a few reports of dogs experiencing nausea and diarrhea that may be associated with these specific products.
Bravo is working with its distributors, retailers and consumers in the recall of the two products found with listeria:
•Raw Food Diet Bravo! Beef Blend for Dogs and Cats: all 2-, 5- and 10-pound tubes; product numbers: 52-102, 52-105, 52-110; best used by date: 10/10/15 or earlier; made in New Zealand
•Bravo! Balance Premium Turkey Formula: 3-pound box with (12) 4-ounce burgers; product number: 31-401; best used by dates: 1/07/16 and 2/11/16; made in the U.S.
Listeria was discovered in a sample of Raw Food Diet Bravo! Beef Blend, leading to its recall.
Erring on the side of caution, Bravo also issued a voluntary recall of another six products because they were either manufactured in the same facility or produced on the same day as the tainted products and include:
•Raw Food Diet! Lamb Blend for Dogs and Cats: all 2-, 5-, and 10-pound tubes; product numbers: 42-102, 42-105, 42-110; best used by date: 10/10/15 or earlier; made in New Zealand
•Raw Food Diet Bravo! Lamb Basic for Dogs and Cats, 2-pound tubes, product number: 42-202, best used by date: 10/10/15 or earlier, made in New Zealand
•Raw Food Diet Bravo! Beef & Beef Heart for Dogs and Cats, 5-pound tubes, product number: 53-130, best used by date: 10/10/15 or earlier, made in New Zealand
•Raw Food Diet Bravo! 100 Percent Pure & Natural Premium Grass-Fed Buffalo for Dogs and Cats, 2-pound (32-ounce) tubes, product number: 72-222, best used by date: 1/07/16, made in the U.S.
•Bravo! Turkey Balance Formula; 2-pound (32-ounce) tube and 5-pound (80-ounce) tube; product numbers: 31-402 and 31-405, respectively; best used by dates: 1/07/16 and 2/11/16, respectively; made in the U.S.
•Raw Food Diet Bravo! Lamb Blend for Dogs and Cats, 5-pound (80-ounce) tube, product number: 42-105, best used by date: 2/11/16, made in the U.S.
The company has received no reports of human illness from any of the recalled products.
Bravo discontinued manufacturing in New Zealand as of Oct. 10, 2013, but the decision had nothing to do with health concerns.
Instead, the move was about control.
"We wanted ... to see things all the way through manufacturing, testing and to oversee each one of those steps ourselves,” said Priscilla Fraiegari, a Bravo representative.
Bravo is working with its customers to dispose of any affected product left on their freezer shelves and is alerting pet owners.
On its website, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notes: "Listeria strikes hard at pregnant women and their newborns, older adults and people with weakened immune systems.”
In 2011, the deaths of 33 people in 28 states were linked to cantaloupes with listeria.
Many domestic animals like pets can carry listeria without getting sick, according to IaState.edu.
Anyone with recalled product can return it to the store where it was purchased along with a product recall claim form, available at BravoPetFoods.com
, for a full refund or store credit.
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