RECALL ALERT: Northwest Naturals, Vital Essentials, And TruDog All Issue Recalls


In the last 2 days, 3 different pet food manufacturers have issued recalls as a result of possible contamination.

On Friday, TruPet, LLC of Milford, Ohio announced a voluntary recall of a limited amount of TruDog Treat Me Crunchy Beef Delight Pet treats due to a possible contamination with Salmonella.

The affected Treat Me Crunchy Beef Delight products are a 2.5-ounce package with the lot #20190514 13753. They were distributed in the United States through Chewy.com and TruDog.com through direct delivery. Only the Treat Me Crunchy Beef Delight with that lot number is subject to this voluntary recall.

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Salmonella can affect not only dogs but humans who handle the product without washing their hands afterward. According to Dog Food Advisor:

“Healthy people infected with Salmonella should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. Rarely, Salmonella can result in more serious ailments, including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms. Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product should contact their healthcare providers.

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.”

On Saturday, Carnivore Meat Company of Green Bay, WI, announced a voluntary recall of 73 cases of Vital Essentials Freeze-Dried Beef Nibblets Entrée for Dogs pet food due to possible Salmonella contamination. The affected item only includes the 1-pound bag of Vital Essentials Freeze-Dried Beef Nibblets Entrée for Dogs with lot #13753, which was distributed in the United States through independent retailers as well as Chewy.com and Amazon.com through direct delivery.

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On Friday, Northwest Naturals of Portland, Oregon recalled its 5-pound frozen Chicken and Salmon pet food chubs because it may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The product is packaged in 5-pound frozen chubs labeled Chicken and Salmon Dog Food and has a UPC code of 0 87316 38440 6 with a product best buy date code of 15 082218. No pet or human illnesses have been reported to date. Only 1 isolated batch of 94 cases distributed in the following states and sold through specialty pet retail stores is affected:

  • California
  • Georgia
  • Michigan
  • Rhode Island
  • Texas
  • Washington
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According to Dog Food Advisor:

“The product passed lab testing on 12-22-2016 and was sold over 1 year ago to distributors listed above, on or before 1-23-2017. Reports from distributors indicate there is no product at any distributors. The company was notified on 2-21-2018 by FDA and the Michigan Dept of Agriculture.

Michigan purchased one chub at a Michigan specialty pet store and tested the sample. The test was negative for E. coli and Salmonella but tested positive for Listeria moncytogenes. The company tests all batches of products for all pathogens in a positive release program before releasing for shipping. The company tests over 600 batches of product per week.

The company is a dual jurisdiction facility regulated by USDA-FSIS every day on every shift and FDA. The company does dual lab testing several times per month matching USDA- FSIS lab samples and comparing results.”

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Dog Food Advisor adds:

U.S. citizens can report complaints about FDA-regulated pet food products by calling the consumer complaint coordinator in your area.

Or go to http://www.fda.gov/petfoodcomplaints.

Canadians can report any health or safety incidents related to the use of this product by filling out the Consumer Product Incident Report Form.

(H/T: Dog Food Advisor, Dog Food Advisor, Dog Food Advisor)

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