Redbarn Pet Products Issues Voluntary Recall of Dog Chews

Chelsea West
February 16, 2018

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, along with the Washington Department of Agriculture is investigating what the FDA says is a pattern of Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes contamination in raw pet foods manufactured by a Tukwila, Washington company.

The findings prompted Christofersen Meats Company Inc., manufacturer of Raws for Paws Ground Turkey Food for Pets, to recall all lots of Raws for Paws Ground Turkey Food for Pets that were manufactured on October 12, 2017.

To date, no illnesses, injuries, or complaints have been reported due to the recalled product.

"The latest recall was triggered by a complaint of an adult dog that had recurring diarrhea over a nine-month period", the FDA said.

Since 2016, Arrow Reliance/Darwins Natural has recalled seven raw pet food products.

The Colorado Department of Agriculture also prompted the recall of Smokehouse Pet Products' four-ounce bags of Beefy Munchies for dogs after it found salmonella in two packages manufactured by the company.

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Arrow Reliance/Darwin's Natural has notified its customers directly of the recalls, but has so far not issued any public notice announcing this or any of the previous recalls. Pets do not have to be apparently ill to be able to pass Salmonella onto their human companions.

Darwin's Natural Pet Products recalled select lots of its Darwin's ZooLogics dog food, which includes ZooLogics Chicken and Vegetable Meals for Dogs manufactured November 2, 2017 and ZooLogics Duck and Vegetable Meals for Dogs manufactured November 16, 2017.

The FDA said two people had picked up salmonella from a product called Raws for Paws. Symptoms of salmonellosis in people include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea that may be bloody, abdominal cramps, and fever. Also pets that have consumed these products and are showing symptoms of a salmonella infection should be taken to the vet. Very young children may also be exposed by crawling on or otherwise touching contaminated surfaces and put their hands or other objects in their mouth (without handwashing), or have oral contact with an animal that has consumed contaminated pet food, or with that animal's feces. Pets don't always have symptoms, according to USA Today, but warning signs include vomiting, diarrhea, fever, loss of appetite and lethargy.

Human illness cases were reported after contact with Raws for Paws Ground Turkey Pet Food.

What Do Consumers Need To Do?

In 10 years of selling raw pet food, this is our first recall.

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