Posted February 27, 2018

Dog Treats, Food Recalled Due to Salmonella, Listeria Risk

The following dog treats and dog food are being recalled because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes or Salmonella, which can cause illness in pets who consume these products, as well as in pet owners who handle the contaminated products or touch surfaces exposed to the products (use the links above for more details about each recall):
  • Chicken and Salmon petfood chubs (Northwest Naturals), UPC code: 0 87316 38440 6, Best Buy [sic] date code: 15 082218. These treats have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. They were sold to distributors in California, Washington, Texas, Michigan, Georgia, and Rhode Island and sold thru specialty pet retail stores.

  • Treat Me Crunchy Beef Delight 2.5 oz pet treats (TruPet, LLC), Lot # 20190514 13753. These treats have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. They were distributed in the continental USA by online retailers Chewy.com and TruDog.com through direct delivery.

  • Vital Essentials Freeze-Dried Beef Nibblets Entree for Dogs (Carnivore Meat Company), Lot # 13753. This dog food has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. It was distributed in the continental USA by online retailers Chewy.com and Amazon.com through direct delivery.

In people, infection with Listeria monocytogenes can cause symptoms like short-term fever, headache, nausea, and diarrhea in healthy adults but can be fatal in those with weakened immune systems - children and the elderly - and can lead to miscarriages in pregnant women.

Pets can also be affected by consuming products contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

Salmonella is an organism that has been linked to fatal infection in young children, frail or elderly adults, and people with weakened immune systems. In healthy adults, Salmonella can produce fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare cases, Salmonella infection can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.

In pets, infection with Salmonella may cause lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Some pets will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain.

Consumers who have purchased the recalled products are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a refund. 

See ConsumerLab.com's tests of supplements for pets, which are included in the following Reviews: Joint Health Supplements for Pets, Multivitamin Supplements, Fish Oil and Omega-3 Supplements, Seed Oils (Flaxseed, Evening Primrose, and Borage), and Probiotic Supplements.

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