Steve’s Real Food of Salt Lake City, Utah, USA is voluntarily recalling one lot of its Turkey Canine Recipe five-pound raw, frozen dog food due to their potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, according to the United States Food and Drug Administration. No pet or consumer illnesses from this product have been reported to date.
The potentially affected lot of five-pound frozen turkey nuggets were distributed to retail pet food stores in states of California, Colorado, Connecticut, Iowa, Kansas, Florida, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Jersey, Nevada, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, Virginia and Washington. Fifty-two cases of this product was distributed between June 27, 2017 and July 15, 2017.
The affected product was sold frozen in five-pound bags. Those bags affected by this recall are identified with the following UPC codes and the “Best by” date located on the bag.
Lot #: E 178
Best By Date: September 27, 2018
This recall is being initiated after the firm was notified by the Nebraska Department of Agriculture that a retail sample was collected and tested positive for Salmonella.
Salmonella can affect animals eating the products and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products.
Symptoms of infection in people include 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.
Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product should contact their healthcare providers
Pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Some pets will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. 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.
Consumers should also follow the safe handling tips published on the Steve’s Real Food packaging, when disposing of the affected product.
Consumers are encouraged to check the lot code of any 5lb frozen turkey nuggets. Any product with the noted lot code should be returned to the specialty retailer where product was purchased for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact Steve’s Real Food at 888-526-1900, Monday – Friday 9:00am to 4:00pm MTN.
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