As of December 8, 2006 a pet food recall was voluntarily announced by the company, Blue Ridge Beef of Eaton, GA. The affected products were distributed to retail stores in the following states: North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Arizona and Texas. This recall was initiated by the FDA, after they received 2 complaints associated with these products. One involved the illnesses of 2 kittens, and the other resulted in the death of a puppy. Subsequent testing by the FDA showed the presence of Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes. Two of their frozen products are being recalled because they are potentially contaminated with Salmonella and/or Listeria monocytogenes. Here are the details to look for on the label of their 2 pound chubs:
First Recalled Item
Lot#mfd ga8516 Beef for dogs UPC Code: 8542980011009
Second Recalled Item
Lot#mfd ga81216 Kitten grind UPC code 854298001016
About Salmonella and Listeria
Animals that ingest Salmonella or Listeria may become ill. In addition to this, humans are at risk for handling these contaminated pet products. Humans can become ill if their hands aren’t washed after handling the recalled pet food, or if they have contact with surfaces that were exposed to them. Otherwise healthy individuals should monitor their health, watching for symptoms such as:
- Bloody Diarrhea
- Abdominal Cramping
Those who are showing these signs of illness after having handled these products should contact their healthcare provider.
What to Do
If you find that you have one of these affected products, above all, stop feeding them to your pets. You may return these products to where they were purchased, for a full refund, or choose to dispose of them. If you have any questions about the pet food recall, email the manufacturer.