The FDA has a serious warning for dog owners who purchase frozen raw pet food.
The Food and Drug Administration has issued a recall on Performance Dog frozen raw dog food, which they are calling a “serious threat to human and animal health.”
Performance Dog raw pet food is manufactured by Bravo Packing, Inc. The FDA collected two samples of raw pet food during a routine inspection of their manufacturing facility in Carneys Point, NJ, and samples of lot 072219 tested positive for both salmonella and listeria monocytogenes (L. mono).
Salmonella and listeria pose serious health risks for both animals and humans, as they can cause illness and death. They can be particularly harmful to those who are pregnant, very young, very old, or have weakened immune systems.
Performance Dog raw pet food is sold frozen in 2-pound plastic pouches. The lot codes are printed on the outside of boxes used to distribute the products, but they do not appear on the individual plastic pouches. This means that consumers are not able to identify if it belongs to the affected lot.
The FDA is warning consumers to throw away the product if it was purchased after July 22, 2019. If you are uncertain of the date of purchase and you can’t determine the lot code, the FDA recommends that you throw the product away out of caution. Consumers should throw the product away in a secure container that cannot be accessed by other animals, including wildlife.
Even after you dispose of the pet food products, the FDA advises that you clean and disinfect refrigerators/freezers where it was stored, as well as bowls, utensils, food prep surfaces, floors, toys, pet bedding, or any other surfaces that the food or your dog may have come into contact with. Consumers should also thoroughly wash their hands after handling the product affected by the recall.
Bravo Packing, Inc. was involved in a previous recall of Performance Dog frozen raw pet food. Just last year, the company recalled all Performance Dog frozen raw pet food due to salmonella. In 2016, the FDA also discovered samples of horse meat chunk animal food tested positive for drugs pentobarbital and pheytoin.