On December 24, 2018, Columbia River Natural Pet Foods are expanding on its voluntary recall to include added dog and cat foods because of a potential contamination with Salmonella and Listeria Monocytogenes.
This recall has been completed, and FDA has terminated this recall.
What’s Being Recalled?
The following products have been affected by this recall:
- Product: Columbia River Chicken and Vegetables Food for Dogs and Cats
- Size: 2 lbs
- UPC: 111518
- Product: Columbia River Cow Pie Food for Dogs and Cats
- Size: 2 lbs
- UPC: 72618
Both products were sold and distributed in Alaska, Oregon, and Washington via specialist retail pet stores.
There have been no linked cases of illness associated with this recall to date.
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
- Upset Stomach
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
- Abdominal pain
- 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 aches, fever, diarrhea, nausea, 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 children, the elderly, pregnant 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 Caused the Recall?
Routine testing by the Washington State Department of Agriculture revealed Listeria Monocytogenes and Salmonella in a specific package of Cow Pie. Salmonella was found in another package of Chicken & Vegetables.
What Do I Do Now?
Consumers affected are asked to contact the company directly at 360-834-6854, Monday to Friday, 8 AM to 4 PM PT.
Please return any affected products to the original place of purchase in its original packaging for a full refund.
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.