OC Raw Dog of Rancho Santa Margarita, CA, is recalling 640 lbs. of Chicken, Fish & Produce Raw Frozen Canine Formulation due to the potential of the product to be contaminated with Salmonella. No illnesses have been reported, and no other OC Raw Dog manufactured products are affected. This voluntary recall is limited to Chicken, Fish & Produce Raw Frozen Canine Formulations that were packaged into 6.5 lb. Doggie Dozen Patties, 4 lb. Doggie Sliders, and 3 lb. Meaty Rox with the lot number 1819 and use-by date of 05/05/16. These codes can be checked on the bottom left corner of the back of the package. Distribution is limited to customers in Colorado, Vermont, and Pennsylvania and sold to consumers through independent pet specialty retailers. OC Raw Dog chicken labelThe potential for contamination was noted after routine testing by the Colorado Department of Food and Agriculture of a sample collected at a retailer. The sample revealed the presence of Salmonella in a 3 lb. bag of “Chicken, Fish & Produce Raw Frozen Canine Formulations” Meaty Rox. Another sample from the same lot was previously tested by the California Department of Agriculture and had a negative Salmonella result. If you are in possession of this recalled product, submit a picture of the package with the lot number to Olivia@ocrawdog.com for verification. Either dispose of the product immediately or return the product to the retailer where you purchased it for a replacement product. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-844-215-DOGS (3647), Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. PT. If you get the automated answering system, leave a message and someone will call back. Individuals handling raw pet food can become infected with Salmonella, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the product or to surfaces exposed to the product. 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. Any consumer exhibits these signs after having contact with this product should contact their healthcare providers. Pets with Salmonella infections may have decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. If left untreated, pets may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever and vomiting. Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian. OC Raw Dog issued a previous recall back in May, also for Salmonella but for a different product. That recall involved 2,055 lbs. of Turkey & Produce Raw Frozen Canine Formulation and was the result of sampling by the Nebraska Department of Food and Agriculture. The company stated at the time that it would be making changes to its production methods.

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