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Steve’s Real Food Recalls Raw Dog Food For Salmonella Contamination

Steve’s Real Food is announcing a recall of one lot of their 5 lb Raw Frozen Dog Food Turkey Canine Recipe due to contaminated with Salmonella.

This recall is being initiated after the firm was notified by the Nebraska Department of Agriculture that a retail sample of Raw Frozen Dog Food Turkey Canine Recipe was collected and tested positive for Salmonella. This recall is being made with the knowledge of the FDA, and it appears on FDA’s recall web page.

In the announcement on Steve’s Real Food’s website they tell consumers they don’t heat their meat because, “Salmonella is often present in raw meat and poultry, and the most effective way to remove pathogens is to heat the food to 160° or higher; however, doing this or other common pathogen removal processes will denature the food and remove the enzymes which help with digestion and promote a healthy pet.”

THE RECALLED PET FOOD

The recall is for one lot of their Turkey Nuggets 5lbs with the lot number E178 (best by 09/27/18), and the UPC 6-91730-15303. The affected lot of 5 lb Raw Frozen Dog Food Turkey Canine Recipe were distributed to retail pet food stores in states of CA, CO, CT, IA, KS, FL, MD, MI, MN, MO, ND, NE, NJ, NV, NY, OR, PA, TX, UT, VA, and WA. Fifty-two cases of this product were distributed between 6/27/17 – 7/15/17.

LOT # UPC Best By Date
E 178 6-91730-15303-8 09/27/18

THE PROBLEM WITH SALMONELLA

Salmonella can affect animals eating the products, and there is a risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products. Symptoms of infection in people include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. Salmonella can result in more serious ailments, including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms.

Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product should contact their healthcare providers.

Pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Some pets will have only decreased appetite, fever, and abdominal pain. Infected, but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.

WHAT CONSUMERS SHOULD DO

If you have a 5 lb bag of Turkey Nuggets with the lot number E178, please follow these steps: Stop feeding the product; Remove the UPC with the Lot Number from the packaging; Discard the Product and send the UPC with Lot number to the address below for a full refund of the MSRP to:

Steve’s Real Food
ATTN: Refunds
2034 East Fort Union Blvd
Cottonwood Heights, UT 84121

If you have questions, concerns or frustrations, please call the company at their toll-free number at 1-888-526-1900 or send an email to help@stevesrealfood.com.

REPORTING PET FOOD COMPLAINTS

If you believe your pet has become ill from consuming a pet food, please provide the FDA with valuable information by reporting it electronically through their Safety Reporting Portal or to your local FDA Consumer Complaint Coordinator. In addition to your contact information, your pet’s symptoms, and medical records, and the lot number of the pet food product. If you think the food is the source of a problem, save a sample. Depending on the type of testing you want, your state agricultural or veterinary diagnostic lab may conduct the testing. If you need more help, find out how to report a pet food complaint to the FDA.

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Comments (4) Write a comment

  1. Wow, what’s happening with raw food lately? I actually purchase my ingredients locally and mix my own because it’s less expensive and I love shopping locally, but I occasionally purchase commercial mixes.

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    • The problem is getting noticed because one state started testing raw food, now other states will start doing the same considering the outcomes of previous testing. Typically raw meat and poultry products – for humans and pets – will be contaminated. That’s why the USDA is so adamant about cooking temperatures. It’s a very complex subject which I am writing about. Stay tuned!

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