25/02/2024

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Dog Food Recall as Urgent Warning Issued to Pet Owners in 16 States

Dog Food Recall as Urgent Warning Issued to Pet Owners in 16 States

A company has expanded its recall because of Salmonella and Listeria being found in its products, which could be harmful to pets and their owners.

The Blue Ridge Beef pet food company said on January 3 that it was “expanding their recall to include additional lot numbers” thus encompassing additional states that said lots—of the 2lb Kitten Grind, 2lb log of Kitten Mix and 2lb log of Puppy Mix—were distributed to.

Products, the recall order says, were “packaged in clear plastic and sold primarily in retail stores” in Connecticut, Florida, Iowa, Illinois, Massachusetts, Maryland, North Carolina, New York, Michigan, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Virginia and Wisconsin.

Previously, the recalled products were listed as being in Connecticut, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, New York, Maryland and Virginia.

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Stock image. Pet owners were warned after Blue Ridge Beef expanded its product recall
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The affected products are for all lot numbers and used-by dates between N24 1114 and N24 1224. This number can be found on the silver part on the end of the tubes the products come in. All of the products cited in the recall were distributed between November 14, 2023, and December 20.

According to a statement issued on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) website, there is a risk for pets that ate the product to become “lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting,” if they are infected.

It continues: “Some pets will have only decreased appetite, fever, and abdominal pain. Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans.”

Pet owners have also been advised to make sure they washed their hands after handling the products. Salmonella can cause people “nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever” and further ailments in more serious cases such as arterial infections.

Customers that bought the products are advised to contact Blue Ridge Beef for a free refund, where the food will be destroyed.

“Do not sell or donate the recalled products. Do not feed the recalled product to pets or any other animals,” the recall advice said. ” Wash and sanitize pet food bowls, cups, and storage containers. Always ensure you wash and sanitize your hands after handling recalled food or any utensils that come in contact with recalled food.”

Newsweek has approached Blue Ridge Beef for comment.

The Blue Ridge Beef recall is not the same as the one made on October 27, 2023. The company’s Breeders Choice 2lb distributed between August 9 and August 25 had tested positive for salmonella.