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Bravo Packing Expands Previous Recall for Dog, Cat Food


The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is reporting that Bravo Packing, Inc. of Carneys Point, New Jersey, is expanding the previously announced voluntary recall of two pet food products to now include all pet food and bones in all package sizes. During an FDA inspection, samples collected tested positive for Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes and resulted in a recall due to the potential health risks to humans and pets.

Pet Age spoke to Joe Merola of Bravo Packing, Inc., who noted that the company is voluntarily expanding its recall due to potential cross contamination. He added that no human or animal illnesses related to the identified products have been reported. Bravo Packing Inc. generally works with distributors that fill orders to retail stores and to consumers directly nationwide.

A full list of products in the voluntary recall are:

 

Pet Food Product Name

Size

“Performance Dog” (chub) frozen raw dog food 2 lbs.
“Performance Dog” (chub) frozen raw dog food 5 lbs.
“Green Tripe” (chub – ground bovine stomach) frozen raw dog food 2 lbs.
“Green Tripe” (chub – ground bovine stomach) frozen raw dog food 5 lbs.
“Beef” (chub – ground) frozen raw dog food 2 lbs.
“Beef” (chub – ground)frozen raw dog food 5 lbs.
“Performance Dog” (patties) frozen raw dog food unknown
“Tripe” (patties ¼ lbs.) frozen raw dog food unknown
Bones (smoked) 14 varieties unknown

Salmonella can cause illness in animals eating the products, as well as people who handle contaminated pet products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products, infected animals or any surfaces exposed to these products.  Listeria monocytogenes is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, server headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria monocytogenes infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

Healthy people infected with Salmonella should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. Rarely, Salmonella can result in more serious ailments, including arterial infections, endocarditis (an infection of the heart muscle), arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation and urinary tract symptoms. People who have these symptoms after having contact with this product or an animal that has eaten this product should contact their healthcare providers.

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