Raw Basics of Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin, USA is recalling 540 pounds of 5-pound boxes of Tucker’s Pork-Bison Formula raw dog food because it may be contaminated with Salmonella, according to the United States Food and Drug Administration.
This recall was issued after Raw Basics was notified by the Nebraska Department of Agriculture of the positive Salmonella finding. Product affected was isolated to one lot of 540 pounds (108 boxes) and distributed to distributors in Minnesota, Georgia, Kansas and Pennsylvania. These products were sold at pet specialty retail stores. No illnesses have been reported to date.
Salmonella can affect animals eating the products and there is 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 surfaces exposed to these products.
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. 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.
Raw Basics tests all batches of products for all pathogens in a hold and release program before releasing for shipping.
Consumers who have purchased Tucker’s five-pound Pork-Bison Boxes are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-800-219-3650.
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