“Animals with salmonella can suffer from vomiting, regular diarrhea, bloody diarrhea and fever. Even if a pet suffers lesser symptoms — fever, decreased appetite — the animal can be a salmonella carrier to other pets or to humans,” a top vet warns.
Following widespread dog and cat food recalls, this particular announcement is especially troubling as it affects 21 individual states. Pet food giant Steve’s Real Food said on Friday that it’s calling 52 cases of their Raw Frozen Dog Food Turkey Canine Recipe as it has been contaminated with salmonella.
Here’s the story per the Seattle Times:
The 5-pound frozen turkey nuggets are from Lot # E178, with a best by date of 9/27/18.
The company said no pet or consumer illnesses from this product have been reported to date.
The Salt Lake City, Utah, company said it was notified by the Nebraska Department of Agriculture after a retail sample was collected and tested positive for salmonella.
According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, salmonella can affect animals eating the products and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products.
Previous recalls have been about potential contamination from salmonella, listeria and phenobarbital.
Here’s more from the Miami Herald:
The eighth salmonella or listeria dog food recall in 24 days involves one lot of Steve’s Real Food’s Raw Frozen Dog Food Turkey Canine Recipe, but one lot that went to 21 states. The Nebraska Department of Agriculture found salmonella when testing a retail sold sample.
The 5-pound bags in lot No. E 178 with a best by date of Sept. 17, 2018, went to retail stores in Florida, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, California, Texas, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Nebraska, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Washington.
Please keep an extra careful watch on your dog if Steve’s Real Food is your brand. Like the veterinarian said, vomiting and diarrhea are no laughing matter. If your dog shows any of these symptoms, don’t hesitate to contact your local dog doc right away. Antibiotics and intravenous fluids can make the difference between a live dog and a dead dog.
Does this make you want to start making your dog’s food at home?