Raw Dog Food Recalled, FDA Investigates Illnesses Linked to Walmart Treats

Raw Dog Food Recalled, FDA Investigates Illnesses Linked to Walmart Treats
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May 18, 2015

About 2,055 pounds of raw dog food is being recalled for possible salmonella contamination.

California-based OC Raw Dog issued the recall after a routine sampling program by the Nebraska Department of Food and Agriculture revealed a presumptive positive for the bacteria.

The recall is limited to Turkey & Produce Raw Frozen Canine formulations that were packaged into 6.5-pound Doggie Dozen Patties and 5-pound bulk bags with the lot number 1511 and use by date of 10/8/15.

These products were distributed in Minnesota, Missouri, Pennsylvania, and Colorado and sold to consumers through independent pet specialty retailers.

"We will be making several changes to our methods of production in order to further protect the product we so firmly believe in," the company wrote in a release.

OC Raw Dog has ceased the production and distribution of the product as FDA and the company continues its investigation as to what caused the problem.

Salmonella is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Pet owners can become ill by handling the dog food and not properly washing their hands or contact surfaces afterwards.

Healthy people infected with salmonella should monitor themselves for some or all the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever.

Pets with salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Some animals will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Infected but otherwise healthy animals can be carriers and infect other animals or humans.

Contact your healthcare provider or your veterinarian if you or your pet is exhibiting any of these symptoms.

If you are in possession of this recalled product please submit a picture of the package with the lot number to Olivia@ocrawdog.com for verification of product in the marketplace. Please return the product to the retailer where you purchased for a full refund or replacement product.

Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-844-215-DOGS (3647).

FDA Investigating Dog Illnesses

An Atlanta news station is reporting that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is investigating dog illnesses possibly linked to dog treats sold at Walmart.

WSB-TV wrote that as of last week, the FDA told consumer investigative reporter Jim Strickland that complaints about Golden Rewards treats involved 23 sick dogs, including three deaths, but there is no confirmed evidence the treats are to blame.

Golden Rewards is Walmart's private label and has only been available since last year.

An 18-month-old Chihuahua-dachshund mix was diagnosed with Fanconi like syndrome, the same illness that plagued almost 5,000 pets after eating chicken jerky treats made in China.