Bully Sticks Recalled for Possible Salmonella Contamination

Bully Sticks Recalled for Possible Salmonella Contamination

Salmonella is showing up in a variety of pet foods, prompting the Food and Drug Administration to issue recalls and safety warnings for dog food products from five different companies since the beginning of February, including Raws For Paws Dog Food, Red Barn Pet Products, and Smokehouse Pet Products.

FDA has received a total of six complaints of illness in animals who were fed the raw pet foods, including the death of one kitten.

The raw pet foods were recalled during the period from October 17, 2016 to February 10, 2018 after the foods tested positive for salmonella or listeria. Pets can get sick from Salmonella, but may also be carriers of the bacteria and can infect humans.

The FDA is particularly concerned about the reports of contamination because it has the potential to cause salmonellosis in humans and animals. Nevertheless, the company is recalling the product out of an abundance of caution. The manufacture date of Turkey Pet Food cases is 10/12/2017, and the manufacture dates of Combo Pack cases are between 10/12/2017 and 2/2/2018.

Follow-up testing of Blitz by FDA's Veterinary Laboratory Investigation and Response Network confirmed that the dog was infected with Salmonella.

The FDA recommends feeding your pets cooked food. See a list of all products that have been recalled now and in the past here.

Redbarn President Jeff Sutherland released a statement regarding the voluntary recall: "On 2/5/2018, we were notified by the Colorado Department of Agriculture that a single sample collected from a retail location detected Salmonella". The company next recalled one batch of Meals for Cats, manufactured on June 1, 2017, one day after the completion of the 2017 FDA inspection.


The recalled ground turkey pet food was distributed throughout Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Iowa directly to consumers and through online mail orders.

If you bought Redbarn 7 inch Bully Sticks, do not give it to your pet. Throw it away in a double bagged or sealed package in a secure garbage can, or take it back to the place of purchase for a refund. People who think they might have become ill or their pets may be ill from exposure to contaminated raw pet food should talk to their health care providers or veterinarians.

Consumers who had the recalled Darwin's products in their homes should clean their refrigerator and clean and disinfect all bowls, utensils, food prep surfaces, pet bedding, toys, floors, and any other surfaces that the food or pet may have had contact with.

Pet owners who opt to feed their pets a raw diet should consult FDA's "Tips to Prevent Foodborne Illness from Raw Pet Food".

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.

Since 2016, Arrow Reliance/Darwins Natural has recalled seven raw pet food products.

Pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting.

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