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ALERT: Salmonella Found in Dog Treats, Pet Food Prompts Recall

Rachel Murphy
Feb. 14, 2018

The recall, which sickened two children, includes pet food products from Raws for Paws and Smokehouse Pet Products.

Image via Food and Drug Administration
Image via Food and Drug Administration

Attention dog owners: If you’ve purchased Raws for Paws pet food or Smokehouse Pet Products’ Beefy Munchies recently, you’ll want to heed two recent recalls from the Food and Drug Administration. The FDA says the raw pet food and dog treats may contain trace amounts of salmonella, which can sicken animals and humans.

Raws for Paws, a Minnesota-based company, is retracting roughly 4,000 pounds of its Ground Turkey Pet Food and Pet Food Combo Pack cases due to the likely presence of salmonella.

The tainted pet food was sold in 5-pound and 1-pound sealed plastic tubes, also known as chubs, according to the FDA. So far, two children have fallen ill after coming into contact with the crude food, which was sold in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Iowa directly to consumers and through online mail orders.

Testing revealed that trace amounts of the bacteria were present in the Raws for Paws Turkey Pet Food cases, manufactured on Oct. 12, 2017, and Pet Food Combo Pack cases, manufactured on Oct. 12, 2017, and Feb. 2, 2018, with the following codes:

  • 9900008

  • 9900009

  • 9900014

  • 9900015

The FDA advises all pet owners to contact Raws for Paws at HIDDEN for more information about disposal or return instructions.

Raws for Paws isn’t the only pet-related company under recall for possible bacterial contamination, Beefy Munchies dog treats made by Smokehouse Pet Products are also included in a recent salmonella recall from the FDA.

While no illnesses have been reported in relation to the dog treats, the California-based company recalled it’s 4-oz bags of Beefy Munchies dog treats after routine testing found trace amounts of salmonella.

The product, marked with UPC code 78565857957 and lot 449294, was sold in Washington, Michigan, North Carolina and Colorado, with a sell-by date of Oct. 25, 2019.

Consumers should immediately stop using the dog treats and return them to the place of purchase for a full refund.

Salmonella can harm both pet owners who handle the food as well as the animal consuming the food. Washing hands with soap and warm water can help to prevent infection. If your pet has consumed any of the above pet food and treats and exhibits any of the symptoms associated with salmonella poisonings such as lethargy, diarrhea, fever, and vomiting, contact your veterinarian right away.

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