Aunt Jeni’s Home Made Dog Food: FDA Warning

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  • Manufacturer: Aunt Jeni’s Home Made
  • Date: August 30, 2019
  • Cause: Salmonella or Listeria Monocytogenes
  • Product(s) Affected: Selected raw froze dog foods
  • Annoucement: FDA warning issued on August 30, 2019 (click here)

Which Products?

The following products have been affected by this warning issued by the FDA:

  • Product: Aunt Jeni’s Home Made Turkey Dinner Dog Food
  • Size: 5 lb packages
  • Lot Code: 175199 JUL2020
  • Product: Aunt Jeni’s Home Made Turkey Dinner Dog Food
  • Size: 5 lb packages
  • Lot Code: 1152013 JUL2020

Consumers can locate the lot codes on the lower right corner of the front of the bag.

Aunt Jeni’s Home Made Pet Food products were sold and distributed nationwide across multiple retail stores and online.

What Caused the Warning?

The products identified are considered low-quality and adulterated under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act.

The FDA believes these products pose a serious risk to animal and human health because they are contaminated with Salmonella and/or Listeria.

Message From The Company

The company issued an official statement in response to the FDA warning, reiterating that it was a warning and not a recall.

“There is no reason to worry about any of our products,”

“We test our batches in-house on every production day, and have never had a positive result for salmonella, E. coli or listeria,”

“Even if there were salmonella bacteria in the pet food, it would not be a reason not to use the food.”

Click here for the official company response to the FDA warning.

What Is Salmonella?

Salmonella is a highly infectious bacteria commonly found in most reported food-related illnesses in the United States and globally. Both humans and animals can carry salmonella in their intestines in addition to feces. Salmonella often spreads in contaminated foods.

Common symptoms of Salmonella poisoning in humans include:

  • Abdominal cramping
  • Diarrhea
  • Fever
  • Upset Stomach
  • Vomiting

Salmonella can cause arterial infections, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and endocarditis in severe cases. Anyone displaying such symptoms should contact their healthcare providers immediately.

Common symptoms of Salmonella poisoning in dogs include:

  • Bloody diarrhea
  • Fever
  • Abdominal pain
  • Vomiting
  • Decreased appetite

If your pet has consumed the above-recalled product and has any of these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian immediately.

What Is Listeria Monocytogenes?

Listeria Monocytogenes are toxic organisms that are fatal to both humans and animals. Symptoms such as achesfeverdiarrheanausea, and vomiting can be commonly found upon infection. The consequences of infection can lead to meningitis and abortion.

It is relatively easy to become infected by Listeria; however, vulnerable people such as young childrenthe elderlypregnant women, and people who suffer from weakened immune systems can be susceptible to catching it.

Listeria Monocytogenes can infect animals as well.

There is a significant risk of infection when handling the products. It is always advised to wash your hands thoroughly after contact and significantly wipe down surfaces that have been in contact with the product.

If you have any of the symptoms we have previously described, contact your healthcare provider as soon as possible. If you believe your pet has become infected, consult your veterinarian.

What Do I Do Now?

Pet owners who have the above-mentioned products of should dispose of the product appropriately and limit the possibility of animals and wildlife accessing it.

To limit the possibility of spreading Salmonella in the household, consumers are encouraged to wipe down areas that have been in contact with the product. Household hygiene practices such as wiping and disinfecting bowls, food preparation surfaces, toys, floors, utensils, pet bedding, and refrigerators/freezers can prevent Salmonella from passing.

Pet feces should be cleaned up to prevent other animals from becoming exposed.

U.S citizens that wish to report a complaint about FDA-regulated pet food must do so via their consumer complaint coordinator in their local area.

Alternatively, go to http://www.fda.gov/petfoodcomplaints.

Any Canadian citizens wishing to report any health and safety concerns relating to this product by filling in the Consumer Product Incident Report Form.

You can go back to our list of dog food recalls in the U.S.