Bravo Packing, Inc. of Carneys Point, NJ is recalling all Ground Beef and Performance Dog, a frozen raw pet food because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes. The recalled products are distributed nationwide through brick-and-mortar retail stores and via direct-to-consumer sales. No human or animal illnesses have been reported to date in conjunction with this recall.
Two samples of different finished products collected during an inspection of Bravo Packing, Inc. tested positive for Salmonella and/or Listeria monocytogenes. One of the products sampled had not yet been distributed. The product that entered the marketplace is Performance Dog raw pet food, lot code 072219, sold to customers frozen in two-pound pouches, also known as “chubs.” Lot codes are printed on the outside of the boxes used to distribute the product, but not on the individual chubs. Because there are no unique identifiers on the chubs that would allow consumers to verify lot number, the FDA is encouraging consumers to throw away any Performance Dog product purchased after July 22, 2019.
Salmonella can cause illness in animals eating the products, as well as people who handle contaminated pet products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products, infected animals or any surfaces exposed to these products. Pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Some pets will have decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Pets exposed to contaminated food can be infected without showing symptoms. Infected animals, including those without symptoms, can also shed Salmonella through their feces and saliva, spreading pathogens into the home environment and to humans and other animals in the household.
Listeria monocytogenes is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, servere headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria monocytogenes infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.
If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has any of the symptoms above, please contact your veterinarian. If you currently have recalled product, please discard in a manner that it is not accessible by household pets or wildlife. Consumers with questions should contact Bravo Packing, Inc. at 856-299-1044 (Monday – Friday, 9:00AM-2:00PM, EST).
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