FDA, state investigate Darwin's pet food after illnesses, death

16 February, 2018, 06:16 | Author: Franklin Nunez
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Salmonella is showing up in a variety of pet foods, prompting the Food and Drug Administration to issue recalls and safety warnings for dog food products from five different companies since the beginning of February, including Raws For Paws Dog Food, Red Barn Pet Products, and Smokehouse Pet Products.

Darwin's Natural Pet Products recalled select lots of its ZooLogics dog food, which includes ZooLogics Chicken and Vegetable Meals for Dogs manufactured on 11/2/17 and ZooLogics Duck and Vegetable Meals for Dogs manufactured on 11/16/17.

The FDA said they alerting pet owners to the recalls and multiple complaints associated with the pet food.

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The latest recall was triggered by a complaint of an adult dog that had recurring diarrhea over a nine-month period, according to the FDA.

See the FDA website for additional details about recalled products. The Darwins Natural raw pet food that the dog had been fed was also positive for Salmonella.

Arrow Reliance/Darwin's Natural has notified its customers directly of the recalls, but has so far not issued any public notice announcing this or any of the previous recalls. Pets do not have to be apparently ill to be able to pass Salmonella to their human companions.

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Redbarn Pet Products and Smokehouse Pet Products also found positive tests for salmonella, but no illnesses have been reported in connection with their products. Big Heart Brands also makes popular pet foods Meow Mix, Milk-Bone, Kibbles 'n Bits, Snausages and more. Healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. The agency will act, as appropriate, against any commercially-made pet food found to be contaminated with Salmonella, the agency noted. Pets don't always have symptoms, but when they do present may include vomiting, diarrhea, fever, loss of appetite and lethargy.

What Do Consumers Need To Do?

The contamination was discovered after reports of pets dying or falling ill, according to Syracuse.com citing USA Today. Consumers who purchased this raw pet food should throw it away. That means washing your hands and anything else that comes into contact with the pet food for at least 20 seconds in hot, soapy water, says the FDA.

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