Dog and cat food being distributed to multiple states is being recalled due to contamination, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
Blue Ridge Beef is recalling multiple lots of cat and dog food because it tested positive for both salmonella and the bacteria that causes listeria, the company said in a statement issued by the FDA. The lots were sold in stores across Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maryland, North Carolina, New York, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.
One lot each of the company’s Kitten Grind, Kitten Mix, and Puppy Mix products tested positive for salmonella and listeria monocytogenes, the bacteria that causes listeria, Blue Ridge Beef informed North Carolina officials on Dec. 15, 2023.
That prompted the company to issue a voluntary recall of all lots with lot numbers N24 1114 to N24 1224. The products have “use by” dates of Dec. 12, 2024.
Lot numbers and the dates can be found at the end of the product tubes, on silver tabs.
Salmonella causes symptoms such as diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps, and leads to some hospitalizations and deaths each year in the United States. People suffering from food poisoning have often become infected with salmonella.
Listeria, which affects a much smaller number of people each year, causes symptoms like fever and loss of balance.
Both bacterial diseases typically infect humans who handle or ingest contaminated food.
Animals can also become infected.
“Salmonella and listeria monocytogenes can affect animals eating the products and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products or any surfaces exposed to these products,” the FDA said.
People who think they’ve become infected were encouraged to contact their doctor.
Infected pets may display symptoms such as diarrhea, fever, vomiting, and lethargy. Pets who consumed the recalled products and are showing symptoms can be taken to a veterinarian.
Blue Ridge says on its website it makes 100 percent “pure raw pet food,” with no preservatives or additives.“ The company says it is family-owned and -operated, and that it is ”committed to providing the best nutritional quality raw food, price, and service.”
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