This post has been updated to reflect recent, unrelated pet food recalls from Darwin’s Natural Selections, ZooLogics, Smokehouse Pet Products, and multiple brands owned by Smuckers.
On February 5th, pet food manufacturer Christofersen Meats Company recalled all lots of Raws for Paws Ground Turkey Food for Pets that were manufactured on October 12, 2017 for potential Salmonella Reading contamination.
The recall was announced after the Minnesota Department of Public Health reported that two children in one home were exposed to the food, which was fed to the family’s dog. One child developed septicemia (a serious blood infection) and osteomyelitis (a serious bone infection).
The Food and Drug Administration is working with the public health department to figure out where the product was distributed and how it became contaminated with Salmonella.
What to do
If you purchased this product since October 12 and can’t determine whether it’s been recalled, the FDA recommends that you exercise caution and toss it.
For the latest updates and all recalled lot codes and dates, check the FDA’s website.
The FDA recommends feeding your pets cooked food. Raw pet food—which typically consists of uncooked meat, bones, and organs—is more likely to contain pathogens that can make you or your pet sick.
People who handle contaminated pet food without proper hand washing can accidentally transfer the bacteria to their mouths. That means washing your hands and anything else that comes into contact with the pet food for at least 20 seconds in hot, soapy water, says the FDA.
Update: pet food alerts continue
Yesterday the FDA alerted pet owners about potential pentobarbital contamination in several brands of canned dog food: Gravy Train, Kibbles ‘N Bits, Ol’ Roy, and Skippy. Smucker’s, the manufacturer, is voluntarily withdrawing those products from store shelves.
Pentobarbital is a euthanasia drug that can lead to drowsiness, dizziness, excitement, loss of balance, or even a pet’s death at high levels. However, the FDA says on its website that levels of pentobarbital measured in these products are “unlikely” to pose a risk to dogs:
“The FDA’s preliminary evaluation of the testing results of Gravy Train samples indicates that the low level of pentobarbital present in the withdrawn products is unlikely to pose a health risk to pets. However, pentobarbital should never be present in pet food and products containing any amount of pentobarbital are considered to be adulterated,” according to the FDA.
The contamination was first reported by Washington, DC, area news station WJLA, which commissioned the study.
Other pet food recalls
- FDA alerts pet owners to a history of four recalls of and multiple complaints associated with Darwin’s Natural and ZooLogics pet foods
- Smokehouse Pet Products recalls “Beefy Munchies” treats for potential Salmonella contamination
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