J.J. Fuds recalls frozen pet food for contamination with Lysteria monocytogenes

J.J. Fuds in Valparaiso, IN is recalling a select lot and product of J.J. Fuds Chicken Tender Chunks frozen raw poultry pet food because it has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in animals and humans.

The recalled product was distributed regionally in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana and Illinois to wholesale and retail customers. The product can be identified by the batch ID code (manufactured date) and UPC code printed on the back of the individual plastic bag or on the master case label. This product is a frozen raw poultry product and has a shelf life of one year if kept frozen.

The recalled product is as follows:
J. J. Fuds Premium Natural Blends, Chicken Tender Chunks
All 5 lb. bags with:
Product UPC Number: 654592-345935
Manufacture/Lot Code Date: 5/5/14

The recall was a result of a routine sampling program by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development resulting in a positive test for Listeria monocytogenes.

Lysteria can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women. Animals’ ill with Listeria will display symptoms similar to the ones listed above for humans. People who have concerns about whether their pet has Listeria should contact their veterinarian.

The recalled product should not be sold or fed to pets. Pet owners who have the affected product at home should return to retailer for a refund and proper disposal.

For further information or questions regarding this recall, please go to www.jjfuds.com or contact them by phone at 888-435-5873 Monday-Friday 8AM-4PM CST.

Photos of recalled product:

J.J. Fuds, Inc. Issues Recall of Pet Food Because of Possible Health Risk Photo

SOURCE: FDA Recalls, Market Withdrawals and Safety Alerts website at http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm431432.htm

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  1. Thanks for posting. Many people are dismissive of recalls involving this pathogen, but it can be fatal in dogs, surprisingly easily: “Listeriosis” presents intially as flu-like symptoms, but as it advances progress to limb or facial paralysis, and brain swelling (meningitis). The infection can be fatal within days after exposure.

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