Blue Ridge Beef recalls raw pet food
March 6, 2018
The product may be contaminated with Listeria and Salmonella, FDA said.
WASHINGTON – Eatonton, Georgia-based Blue Ridge Beef launched a recall of the company’s Kitten Grind raw pet food over concerns the product may be contaminated with Salmonella
and Listeria monocytogenes
), the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reported.
The company initiated the recall following a report to the FDA of two kitten deaths, including one death that was confirmed to be caused by Salmonella septicemia, the agency said. Tests conducted by the FDA of Kitten Grind Lot#GA1102 revealed the presence of Salmonella and Lm.
The lot, which contains 20 cases or 300 chubs of product, was distributed in Texas, Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee and North Carolina. The recalled product is sold in 2-lb. chubs that are frozen and feature the manufacturing codes Kitten Grind Lot# GA1102 Manufacturing date: 11/02/2017.
The FDA said consumers should check the clips of product for the manufacturing codes of the affected product. Consumers who bought the lot of Kitten Grind should stop feeding them to their pets and discard the products immediately or return the products to the place of purchase for a refund.
FDA noted that Salmonella and Lm can cause potentially fatal infections in the pets that eat contaminated food and the humans that handle the food. Also, pets can be carriers of the pathogens and infect humans, even if the pets do not appear to be ill.
Symptoms in pets and humans can include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever.