Blue Ridge Beef voluntarily recalled two of its frozen pet food products due to potential contamination with Salmonella and/or Listeria monocytogenes, according to FDA.
The affected products were distributed to retail stores in the following states: North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Arizona and Texas.
This pet food recall was initiated after the FDA received two complaints associated with these products, including one complaint of a puppy death and one complaint involving two kitten illnesses. Subsequent testing by the FDA of a 2 pound chub of beef for dogs and kitten grind collected at a veterinary office revealed the presence of Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes. There is no direct evidence linking the reported instances of pet illness to contaminated product.
Recalled product identification
The products involved in this pet food recall are sold in 2 pound chubs and can be identified with the following manufacturing codes:
Beef for dogs
- Lot # - mfd ga8516
- UPC code - 8542980011009
- Lot # - mfd ga81216
- UPC code - 854298001016
Risks to humans and animals
Salmonella and Listeria can affect animals eating the product, warned FDA. There is a risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products or any surface exposed to these products.