Premium dog food packaging recalled due to potential contamination with Salmonella and Listeria. Based in Hyattsville, Maryland, Top Quality Dog Food provides raw meats for dogs. In light of this, this specific dog food recall may not come as a surprise.
While most dog food you find in a pet store is dry, the company boasts that raw meat provides dogs with the nutrients they need "in the way nature intended."
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Dog food recall - what you need to know
The product in question is “Beef HVM”, a ground beef product that includes a variety of ingredients. According to the company's website, Beef HVM also comes with bones, heart, liver, kidneys, spleen, lungs, kale, celery, carrots, broccoli, cabbage- flower, green beans, apples and cranberries.
The recalled Beef HVM packages are available in 1 pound bags. The packages concerned will bear the lot number 071521 at the bottom of the label.
Beef HVM products are available in Washington DC, Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Miami, Connecticut and South Carolina. The product is also sold online, so dog owners in other states should be made aware of the recall as well.
The affected products were sold and distributed from July 27 to August 2. Notably, we have yet to see any reports of any adverse reactions to the recalled dog foods.
Risk of salmonella to dogs and humans
Salmonella can be a serious problem for dogs, although it is more often associated with humans. Some of the symptoms of Salmonella in dogs include lethargy, diarrhea, bloody diarrhea, and fever. Other possible symptoms include abdominal pain, decreased appetite, and vomiting.
Additionally, humans can contract Salmonella simply by handling contaminated products, so it is essential to remain vigilant.
Dog food company involved in similar recall back in july relayed the following:
Healthy people infected with Salmonella should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, bloody diarrhea or diarrhea, abdominal cramps and fever. Rarely, Salmonella can cause more serious conditions including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms. Consumers exhibiting these signs after coming in contact with this product should contact their healthcare professionals.
Suffice it to say, if you have the product listed above, you should throw it away immediately.
If you have any questions, you can contact the company at (240) 582-3266.
Although not as well known as Salmonella, Listeria contamination is just as worrying. Notably, not all dogs that come in contact with Listeria bacteria will develop symptoms.
In cases where dogs develop symptoms, the severity will be on a case-by-case basis. Some symptoms to watch out for include diarrhea, vomiting, weakness, and fever. Other symptoms that may appear include pain, lethargy, stiff neck, and sudden lack of coordination.
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