FDA investigating Tukwila pet food company after repeated recalls

FDA, state investigate Darwin's pet food after illnesses, death

The FDA issued a warning to manufacturers saying it has a zero-tolerance policy for salmonella or other harmful bacteria in pet food.

A dog food recall involving four companies has been issued after reports that six pets were sickened or died after contact with the food. Bully Sticks chews for dogs manufactured by Redbarn Pet Products (Long Beach, Calif.) were recalled after a sample tested positive for salmonella.

Four-ounce bags of Beefy Munchies dog treats were additionally found by the department to have salmonella and were recalled.

The FDA says salmonella can cause salmonellosis in humans and animals.

What is the problem and what's being done about it?

Several pet food products have been recalled due to the presence of salmonella, according to recent reports.

In its 10 February, 2018, recall, its latest, Arrow Reliance/Darwin's Natural recalled ZooLogics Duck with Vegetable Meals for Dogs (Lot #41957) and ZooLogics Chicken with Vegetable Meals for Dogs (Lot #41567).

Follow-up testing of Blitz by FDA's Veterinary Laboratory Investigation and Response Network confirmed that the dog was infected with Salmonella.

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 Salmonella isolated from the kitten was analyzed using whole genome sequencing and found to be indistinguishable from the Salmonella isolated from a closed package from the same lot of Darwins Natural cat food that the kitten ate.

The contamination was discovered after reports of pets dying or falling ill, according to Syracuse.com citing USA Today. The affected product was sold to various retailers who distribute to stores in Colorado, Michigan, Washington and North Carolina.

For more information about returns, customers should call the company at 612-465-0372.

The recalled ground turkey pet food was distributed throughout Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Iowa directly to consumers and through online mail orders.

People who handle contaminated pet food without proper hand washing can accidentally transfer the bacteria to their mouths. Pets can get sick from Salmonella, but may also be carriers of the bacteria and can infect humans. Pets do not have to be apparently ill to be able to pass Salmonella to their human companions.

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