Steve’s Real Food of Murray, Utah, a maker of raw dog food, is recalling five-pound bags of Turducken Canine Diet (eight-ounce patties), due to potential contamination of Salmonella.
The patties were distributed to retail stores in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, New York, California, Minnesota and Tennessee.
The “potential for contamination” came to light after routine sampling of one bag by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture.
According to the FDA, “pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Some pets will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and have these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.”
Interestingly, Steve’s Real Food CEO Gary Bursell says the problem could be the result of a problem with the bags and is not a sanitation issue, according to Pet Product News.
“We use a biodegradable film on the bags, and we’ve had problems sealing the patty bags, not the nuggets,” Bursell said.
“We sanitize our production facility between every product run,” he adds. “Our plant operates just the same as any human food facility, and everything we’ve got out there is clean stuff.”
The recall affects about 240 bags, or about 1,200 patties. The recalled product comes in green-and-cream-colored biodegradable film bags with lot number 209-10-27-13, with an expiration date of October 27, 2013.
Call Steve’s Real Food at 801-540-8481 if you have questions or concerns.
Via Pet Product News