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Special dog food recalled, but not for the reason you think

If you buy special frozen raw pet food or dog food, you should check out a new recall highlighted by the FDA. Bravo Packing is recalling all of its raw pet food from ground beef and high-performance dog food due to the potential contamination with Listeria and Salmonella, which can make pets and humans sick.

A series of recent pet food recalls were about aflatoxin, the by-product of a naturally occurring fungus. This new pet food recall from Bravo Packing is not part of that recall; instead, these products may be contaminated with foodborne pathogens, Listeria monocytogenes and Salmonella.

As with human foods, such as cold cuts and salads, the two pathogens can also be found in pet foods – especially those that contain raw meat. Humans who handle feed contaminated with these pathogens are at risk of contracting their disease; similarly, contaminated pet food stored close to other foods or placed on a surface used to prepare food can cause illness.

According to the recall notice, an FDA inspection found that samples of the two pet foods collected contained Listeria and Salmonella. However, no human or pet illnesses have been reported in relation to the recall at this time. The collected products were sold in 2 lb and 5 lb plastic gloves. Consumers who have purchased the products are advised to throw them away.

Likewise, pets that show symptoms of salmonella poisoning, including fever and vomiting, should be taken to the veterinarian. Likewise, humans who manipulate food or have come into contact with pets fed with food must monitor the symptoms of both pathogens and contact a doctor if there is concern.

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