Darwin’s Natural Dog Food: FDA Warning

This is not considered a recall. This is a warning issued by the FDA.
  • Manufacturer: Darwin’s Natural Pet Products
  • Date: March 26, 2019
  • Cause: Salmonella
  • Product(s) Affected: 3 specific lots of Darwin’s Natural Pet Foods
  • Annoucement: The FDA issued the warning to pet owners.

What’s Being Recalled?

All of the products mentioned in this warning were sold and distributed online only, directly to consumers.

The following are affected by this warning:

  • Product: Darwin’s Natural Pet Products Natural Selections Chicken Recipe with Organic Vegetables for Dogs
  • Package Code: 5309(11)181019
  • Manufacture Date: October 19, 2018
  • Product: Darwin’s Natural Pet Products Natural Selections Chicken Recipe with Organic Vegetables for Dogs
  • Package Code: 5375(11)181106
  • Manufacture Date: November 11, 2018
  • Product: Darwin’s Natural Pet Products Natural Selections Turkey Recipe with Organic Vegetables for Dogs
  • Package Code: 5339(11)181026
  • Manufacture Date: October 26, 2018

The products affected were manufactured by Arrow Reliance Inc., which Darwin’s Natural Pet Products subcontracted.

Why Is There Concern?

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

The products are considered low-quality and adulterated under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act because of the Salmonella bacteria.

The FDA conducted further tests on the 3 specific lots of pet food, which originated following a consumer complaint.

All three lots mentioned had samples analyzed and produced a positive result for Salmonella.

The FDA has concerns over these products because they are sold and stored frozen, leading the administration to believe some pet owners may still have them.

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.

Company Response

Click here for a press release containing the company’s official response to the FDA warning.

What Do I Do Now?

Pet owners who are still in possession of the affected products should dispose of the products appropriately and discontinue feeding them to their pets.

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.