Aunt Jeni’s Dog Food: FDA Warning 2020

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  • Manufacturer: Aunt Jeni’s Home Made
  • Date: February 14, 2020
  • Cause: Salmonella
  • Product(s) Affected: Selected raw froze dog foods
  • Annoucement: FDA warning issued on February 14, 2020 (click here)

Which Products Are Affected?

The following products have been affected by this warning:

  • Product: Aunt Jeni’s Home Made All-Natural Raw Turkey Dinner Dog Food
  • Size: 5 lb (2.3 kg)
  • Lot Code: 175331 NOV2020

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

Why Is There Concern?

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued the warning because the products threaten animal and human health.

And because the product is frozen, the FDA believes that some pet owners may still have the product in their possession.

In August 2019, the FDA issued a public health warning after one lot of Aunt Jeni’s Frozen pet food (2 varieties) tested positive for Salmonella and Listeria.

Click here for the previous warning issued by the FDA on August 30, 2019.

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 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.