There are four dog food companies that are recalling their products. Death and illness reports are surfacing as the FDA believes the products are contaminated with salmonella.
There is a variety of products that have come into question. This recall has come to light in recent weeks after six pets died or became very ill. Also, two children became sick, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Of all the six animals that were either killed or sickened, the products were all connected to "Darwin's Natural and ZooLogics" pet food, which is manufactured by "Arrow Reliance" in Washington. Salmonella was found in their raw pet food.
In addition to "Darwin's," there have been two reports of human illness after they consumed "Raw for Paws Ground Turkey" pet food. The Minnesota Department of Agriculture found traces of salmonella after testing "Raw for Paws" products.
"Redbarn Pet" products recently recalled their three-packs of seven-inch bully sticks. These dog chews were tested by the Colorado Department of Agriculture and, they too found traces of salmonella.
And finally, "Smokehouse" pet products were tested by the Colorado Department of Agriculture. Samples of salmonella were found in their four-ounce bags of "Beefy Munchies" dog treats.
Pets don't always show signs of symptoms. If they do, they tend to include: diarrhea, fever, vomiting, loss of appetite, and lethargy. Pets can even pass salmonella infections to humans even if they are asymptomatic.
Human symptoms are similar do pet's, but they include: diarrhea, fever, chills, loss of appetite, fatigue, and stomach cramps. If you have any of these symptoms, go see a doctor.
"Raw pet food is more likely than other types of pet food to contain salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes," FDA said. "Pet owners who choose to feed raw pet food should be aware of the risks associated with these products."
"Even a single cell is enough to make an animal or a human sick," Don Schaffner, a professor of a food microbiology class at Rutgers University, said.
Schaffner also continued to say that the bacteria can be found in the gut, or intestinal tracts, of the animals that make up the pet food (i.e., cattle and poultry.). If pet food is chosen not to be cooked, then salmonella has a higher chance of surviving the production process to make the final products.
For further information or if you choose to contact these companies, their information is provided below.
Darwin's: 877-738-6325, 206-324-7387 and email@example.com.
Raw for Paws: 612-465-0372.
Redbarn: 800-775-3849 and firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note that some of these companies stated that they will provide a full refund to their customers. For that information, please contact them directly.
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