Connecticut firm recalls pet food

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MANCHESTER, Conn. – The Food and Drug Administration is informing consumers to not feed their pets select lots of Bravo branded turkey pet foods.

Bravo, Manchester, Conn., is recalling certain lots of Bravo Turkey and Chicken pet foods for dogs and cats because they may be contaminated with Salmonella. The affected products were distributed to retail stores, internet retailers, further distributors and directly to consumers nationwide beginning Nov. 14, 2013, FDA reported.

The problem was discovered after routine testing by the Nebraska Department of Agriculture revealed the presence of Salmonella in two lots of product. FDA noted that same batch had tested negative by a third party independent laboratory before distribution to consumers.

Bravo has received no reports of illness in either people or animals. Salmonella can cause illness in animals eating the products and humans are at risk from handling contaminated pet products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products or any surfaces exposed to these products, FDA noted.

In addition to the turkey pet foods, Bravo also voluntarily withdrew from the marketplace some poultry products. Those products include all sizes (2 lb., 5 lb. and 10 lb.) of Bravo Chicken Blend(s), Bravo Turkey Blend(s), Bravo Balance Chicken Balance and Bravo Balance Premium Turkey Formula frozen raw diet products with best used by dates between June 20, 2016 and Sept. 18, 2016.

"This is being done out of an abundance of caution despite no evidence of any manufacturing defect or distribution problem," FDA said in a recall notice. "None of these products are known to have tested positive for the presence of pathogens. This market withdrawal has NOT been requested by the FDA, but is being done voluntarily by Bravo."

Product labels of affected products can be found here: http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm416453.htm
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