For the second time this month, there is a voluntary recall on dog treats due to a listeria outbreak.
Carnivore Meat Company out of Green Bay, Wisconsin, has issued a recall on their treats, affecting Texas, Washington, California, Georgia, Illinois, Colorado, New Mexico, Florida, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Ohio, and Vermont. The company is asking anyone who has the treats listed below to contact them, and dispose of the treats immediately.
The company released this communication to the press which outlines the states and treats affected.
Carnivore Meat Company, LLC is recalling select products and lots of Carnivore Vital Essentials pet foods because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.
Healthy cats and dogs rarely become sick from Listeria monocytogenes. In humans, however, Listeria 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, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.
If an animal becomes ill with Listeria, it will display symptoms similar to the ones listed above for humans. People with concerns about whether their pet has Listeria should contact their veterinarian.
The lots involved in this voluntary recall are:
Vital Essentials Frozen Beef Tripe Patties, UPC 33211 00809, Lot # 10930, Best by date 20160210
Vital Essentials Frozen Beef Tripe Nibblets, UPC 33211 00904, Lot # 10719, Best by date 12022015
The “Best By” date code and lot # is located on the back of the package. The affected product was distributed in WA, CA, TX, GA, IL, CO, NM, FL, PA, RI, OH and VT.
This voluntary recall has been issued because the FDA has reported an independent lab detected the bacteria in samples during a recent review. The company has received no reports of human illness as a result of these products.
If you are a consumer and have purchased a bag of Vital Essentials Frozen Beef Tripe Patties with the “Best By” date code of 20160210 or a bag of Frozen Beef Tripe Nibblets with a “Best By” date code of 12022015, we ask that you please call 920-370-6542 Monday-Friday 9:00AM-4:00PM CST and someone will assist you in obtaining replacement or a full refund from your local retailer for your original purchase.
If your package has been opened, please dispose of the raw food in a safe manner by securing it in a covered trash receptacle.
Representatives are available from Monday – Friday 9:00AM – 4:00PM CST at 920-370-6542.
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Listeria can cause encephalitis and blood poisoning. Signs may include depression, loss of appetite, fever, lack of coordination, salivation, facial paralysis, and circling. The disease is more common in younger animals. If you are concerned about the treats your dog has been eating, make sure to research the symptoms and the treats. Keep our pets safe!
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