Steve’s Real Food of Murray, Utah has recalled its free range; antibiotic and hormone free chicken, turkey, and duck dog food because of Salmonella contamination. The 8 oz. “Turducken” canine recipe patties come in 5-pound bags.
It’s too early to know if any dogs or their owners are getting sick from the contaminated pet food. The threat to people is getting Salmonella from handling the dog food, while eating it can infect pets.
The contaminated dog food comes in 5-pound green and cream-colored biodegradable film bags with lot number 209-10-27-13 and with an expiration date of October 27, 2012
Steve’s Real Food has suspended production of the product while the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the company continues an investigation into the source of the contamination. The problem was discovered through routine testing by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture.
The dog food brand was distributed from October 2012 to January 2013 through retail stores in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, New York, California, Minnesota and Tennessee.
Dogs with Salmonella will sometimes appear lethargic and suffer from diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Others might have decreased appetites, fever, and abdominal pain. Infected pets not showing symptoms can infect other animals or people. Humans with Salmonella can experience nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, cramping and fever.
Pet owners who are concerned about their dogs should contact a veterinarian. People who think they might be infected with Salmonella should see a physician.© Food Safety News