Smallbatch Pets sells frozen organic raw pet food. The products contain raw meat that is not cooked before it is given to dogs and cats. The problem is that raw chicken meat often contains Salmonella.
No illnesses from this product have been reported in any pets or people, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
The recall was issued after a 2-pound bag of chicken blend that was collected at a distributor tested positive for Salmonella during routine testing by the FDA.
There were 282 cases of potentially contaminated products sold from February 1, 2017 through May 5, 2017 at pet food stores in California, Colorado, Oregon, and Washington. According to the FDA:
Consumers who have purchased the above lots of Chicken Blend are urged to stop feeding them to their dogs or cats and return product to place of purchase for a full refund or dispose of them immediately.”
The recalled pet food was sold frozen in 2-pound bags with the following information located on the back of the package:
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This is the second recall from Smallbatch Pets Inc. over bacterial contamination in their raw organic pet food. The last recall was in March 2016 for frozen Dog Duckbatch Sliders that tested positive for Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes.
After the recall, company officials wrote: “We are not cooking the food we are feeding it raw to our dogs and cats. Salmonella and Listeria infections from raw food diets are actually very rare.”
Salmonella is a bacteria that can cause food poisoning in people and pets. Humans who handle contaminated pet food can get sick if they do not wash their hands or surfaces exposed to the food.
Infected pets may seem lethargic (less active), or have diarrhea, fever and vomiting. Some pets have no symptoms, or only decreased appetite, fever, and abdominal pain. Infected but otherwise healthy pets can carry Salmonella and infect other animals or people.
Humans who are infected with Salmonella may have nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal cramping, or fever. Salmonella can also potentially cause severe arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms.