Pet food firms issue recalls

by MEAT+POULTRY Staff
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WASHINGTON – Concerns about foodborne pathogens led two pet food manufacturers to launch voluntary recalls of pet treats. No illnesses have been reported in either case.

In Green Bay, Wis., Carnivore Meat Company LLC recalled two batches of Carnivore Vital Essentials raw pet treats. The US Food and Drug Administration said an independent laboratory detected Listeria monocytogenes in samples during a recent review. FDA said dogs and cats rarely become sick from Listeria. But in humans, Listeria can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in children, the elderly and individuals with weakened immune systems.

The affected lots include:

• 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

FDA said the “Best By” date code and lot number is located on the back of the package. The pet treats were distributed in Washington State, California, Texas, Georgia, Illinois, Colorado, New Mexico, Florida, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Ohio and Vermont.

NatPets LLC, doing business as “I and love and you” in Boulder, Colo., issued a recall of 1,299 cases of “cow-boom!” strips – beef gullet on concerns the products are contaminated with Salmonella. Routine sampling by an inspector for the Colorado Department of Agriculture uncovered the problem. The pet treats are supplied by a US supplier, according to the company.

Salmonella can sicken animals eating the product, and there is risk of cross-contamination to humans if the handler does not thoroughly wash his or her hands after having contact with the product or any surfaces exposed to the product.

The recall is limited to cow-boom! strips – beef gullet that were packaged into 2.0-oz. bags, with the lot numbers C20130-1994T1 and C20130-2024T1, and a best-by-date of 07/2016 and UPC number 8 18336 01134 4.

The company has notified its distributors and retailers. No other products of the company are affected by this recall.
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