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Redbarn Pet Products Recalls Bully Sticks for Possible Salmonella Contamination

15 February 2018, 06:29 | Melvin Schneider

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Meanwhile, four different pet food companies in the U.S. have, over the past five days, recalled products over concerns that their food is contaminated with salmonella.

Both humans and animals show the same symptoms when infected with Salmonella: feeling lethargic, fever, body aches, nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramping and diarrhea.

The FDA has investigated six complaints of sickness and death in animals that have eaten the recalled raw pet food products. On Feb. 5, Christofersen Meats, doing business as Swanson Meats, in Minneapolis, (and no relation to Swanson Meals), launched a recall of approximately 4,000 lbs. of the company's 5-lb. and 1-lb. chubs of ground turkey pet food. Pets can also become carriers of the bacteria-without getting ill themselves-and infect humans. Scroll down to see if you may have any of the products in your home. They were sold nationwide and have the expiration date 112120ABC stamped on the side.

The most recent recall on February 10 was for ZooLogics Duck with Vegetable Meals for Dogs (Lot #41957) and ZooLogics Chicken with Vegetable Meals for Dogs (Lot #41567) because the products may be contaminated with Salmonella.

The FDA is also investigating a pattern of contamination in raw pet foods made by Arrow Reliance Inc., which produces products for Darwin's Natural Pet Products and ZooLogics Pet Food.

While dogs can get salmonella from eating contaminated food, humans can get it from handling that food, especially without thorough hand washing after touching the food or surfaces that have touched the food.

FDA & Wash. State Officials Investigate Pattern of Salmonella and Listeria Contamination In Raw Pet Food

The recalled Beefy Munchies come in 4-ounce bags with a best by date of October 25, 2019, and a lot No. of 449294.

Recalls were issued for Pet Food Combo Pack cases with the following codes: 9900008, 9900009, 9900014 and 9900015. The product was sold in pet specialty retail stores.

Most people infected with Salmonella develop diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps 6 to 72 hours after infection. The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days, and most people recover without treatment.

Others at increased risk of serious infection are the elderly, pregnant women, and people with weakened immune systems. However pets do not always have symptoms, which for animals include vomiting, diarrhea, fever, lethargy, and loss of appetite. Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women. Consumers who purchased this raw pet food should throw it away.

Pet owners who opt to feed their pets a raw diet should consult FDA's Tips to Prevent Foodborne Illness from Raw Pet Food. If so, dispose of them immediately.

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