OC Raw Dog, LLC of Rancho Santa Margarita, California, USA is recalling approximately 1,560 pounds of Chicken, Fish and Produce Raw Frozen dog formulations because of potential contamination with Listeria monocytogenes, according to the United States Food and Drug Administration. The raw pet food products were manufactured on October 11, 2017 with a lot number 3652 and a use-by date of October 11, 2018.
To date there have been no reported illnesses of dogs, cats or persons in any connection with this product. The contamination is still under investigation.
Lot # 3652 of OC Raw Dog Chicken, Fish & Produce was shipped to the following states with the following associated volume with the intent to sell to Independent Specialty Retailers and in turn sold to Consumers. California – 356 pounds, Colorado – 153 pounds, Florida – 195 pounds, Maryland – 320 pounds, Minnesota – 429 pounds, Pennsylvania – 78 pounds and Vermont – 30 pounds
There was product at two of the seven distribution locations. The product has been pulled from inventory and destroyed. It is possible there might be a few bags at retailers or at home with consumers.
This lot of OC Raw Dog Chicken, Fish & Produce was made into 3 pound Meaty Rox Bags, 4 pound Slider Bags, 6.5 pound Doggie Dozen Patty Bags and 7 pound Meaty Rox Bags. All of which have been marked with a lot number of 3652 and a USE BY DATE of 10/11/18. Each bag has this information on a sticker located on the back lower left corner of the bag.
OC Raw was notified by the FDA of the contamination after it was reported that New Jersey Department of Food and Agriculture tested the product and found it to be positive.
The same lab who conducted the tests for Listeria also tested for Salmonella on our 3 pound bag of Chicken, Fish & Produce Meaty Rox and the test was negative. In addition to the OC Raw Dog Chicken, Fish & Produce tests the lab conducted tests for OC Raw Dog Pumpkin Rox for Listeria monocytogenes and Salmonella and the results were negative.
OC Raw Dog sent multiple samples of machines, utensils, packaging equipment and freezers to insure there is no contamination at our facility. The company sent several individual ingredients to insure we are using safe ingredients and the food we produce is done so in a safe environment. All samples have returned negative for Listeria.
Pets can be carriers of the bacteria and infect humans, even if the pets do not appear to be ill. Short-term symptoms may include high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. Young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems are particularly vulnerable to Listeria monocytogenes infections, which can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women. Healthy people infected with Listeria monocytogenes should monitor themselves and their pets for symptoms.
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