California based, specialty dog food company OC Raw Dog has had to recall its Turkey & Produce Raw Frozen Canine Formulation after a routine sampling program revealed a “presumptive positive”. The specific formulations being recalled were packaged into 6½-pound Doggie Dozen Patties and 5-pound Bulk Bags with sell-by dates of Oct. 8, lot number 1511.
Only four states had this product distributed in them: Minnesota, Missouri, Pennsylvania, and Colorado. If you bought one, you may return it to the independent pet specialty retailers from which you bought it for a full refund and replacement product.
Salmonella poisoning in dogs can range from mild to severe. Whilst some may only have a decreased appetite, other might experience vomiting, diarrhea and fever. If you dog is acting strange take them to the vet immediately, as even infected dogs might seem healthy, and can also transmit the infection to humans. Even handling the dog food in question and not properly washing your hands can result in risk for salmonella infection for you, so be careful if you use this product.
Usually OC Raw Dog is adamant about providing natural food for pets, using locally raised antibiotic-free and hormone-free turkeys mixed with fruits and veggies. Since they detected it early, no human or canine illnesses have yet been reported, but better-safe-than-sorry means the company is no longer making or distributing their product until the FDA completes their investigation on how the outbreak developed.”We will be making several changes to our methods of production in order to further protect the product we so firmly believe in,” the company said in their official statement.