Tucker’s Raw Dog Food Recalled for Salmonella Contamination

Another raw pet food is being recalled. This time it’s for Tucker’s Raw Frozen dog food called Raw Basics in the pork-bison formula (which I cannot find on their website). The company is recalling the dog food after they were notified by the Nebraska Department of Agriculture of a positive Salmonella finding in their Raw Basics formula.

The company is recalling 540 lb of 5 lb Pork-Bison Boxes because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. The affected product was isolated to one lot of 540 lbs (108 boxes) and distributed to distributors in Minnesota, Georgia, Kansas, and Pennsylvania and are sold in pet specialty retail stores. The product is packaged in 5 lb Frozen Boxes labeled Tucker’s Pork-Bison-Formula with UPC: 072635520017, Lot code – 27717 with a Best By Date of: 04/17/19.

Raw Basics tests all the batches of their dog food for pathogens in a hold and release program before releasing for shipping. You can view the testing results here that they perform on every batch, month by month.


Salmonella can affect animals eating the products, and there is a risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products or any surfaces exposed to these products.

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.

Rarely, 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.


Consumers who have purchased Tucker’s 5lb Pork-Bison Boxes are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-800-219-3650. Or contact them through their website at


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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