Raw dog food tests positive for Salmonella, Listeria; FDA cites danger to humans

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Bravo Packing Inc. of Carneys Point, NJ, is recalling all of its raw frozen pet food — ground beef and  “Performance Dog” — after tests showed contamination with Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes.

The FDA is urging consumers to take extra care if they have any of the recalled dog food in their homes because there is a danger to human health if people fail to follow proper handwashing and sanitization procedures.

“Infected animals including those without symptoms, can also shed Salmonella through their feces and saliva, spreading pathogens into the home environment and to humans and other animals in the household,” according to the company’s recall notice posted by the Food and Drug Administration.

Bravo Packing Inc. is recalling the products after samples of Performance Dog and a sample of ground beef was collected during an FDA inspection and tested positive for Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes.

Performance Dog generally works with the distributor located in Brooklyn, New York, that fills orders to brick-and-mortar retail stores or to consumers directly nationwide,” according to the recall notice.

Pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Some pets will have decreased appetite, fever, and abdominal pain. Pets exposed to contaminated food can be infected without showing symptoms. 

If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.

No human or animal illnesses have been reported as of the posting of the recall notice.

Performance Dog and Ground Beef both come frozen in 2-pound and 5-pound plastic sleeves. 

“If you have any Ground Beef or Performance Dog, please throw it away,” the recall notice says.

Consumers with questions should contact Bravo Packing Inc. at 856-299-1044.

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