Darwins Natural Pet Products on March 26, 2018, advised its customers that they are voluntarily recalling four of its dog foods after routine testing showed the products to be positive for E. coli and/or Salmonella.
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: Natural Selections Chicken with Organic Vegetables Meals for Dogs
- Size: 2 lb
- Lot Number: 43887
- Manufacture Date: 1/30/2018
- Product: Natural Selections Duck with Organic Vegetables Meals for Dogs
- Size: 2 lb
- Lot Number: 44147
- Manufacture Date: 2/5/2018
- Product: ZooLogics Chicken Meals with Organic Vegetables for Dogs
- Size: 2 lb
- Lot Number: 44037
- Manufacture Date: 2/7/2018
- Product: ZooLogics Turkey with Organic Vegetables Meals for Dogs
- Size: 2 lb
- Lot Number: 44127
- Manufacture Date: 2/4/2018
Message From The Company
The below information was provided by Darwin’s founder and president, Mr. Gary Tashjian:
“The company has not received any reports of illness in pets who consumed the food to date.”
“Most animal-health experts agree that pets are generally not affected by pathogens like Salmonella or E. coli unless they are already ill with some other condition.”
“While we believe the risk to dogs consuming our products is low, we are sensitive to the FDA’s concern for humans who might become exposed to the pathogens through handling the raw meals.”
What Is Salmonella?
Salmonella is a highly infectious bacteria commonly found in most reported cases of 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
In severe cases, Salmonella can cause arterial infections, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and endocarditis. 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.
About E. Coli
E. coli has been identified in the manufacturer’s raw turkey products, specifically E. coli 0128. The identified E. coli is similar to E. coli 0157:H7 which causes severe illness to humans.
E coli 0128 can cause symptoms such as bloody stools and diarrhea.
Although healthy humans will recover from the illness within a week, some humans have developed severe kidney diseases such as Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS).
The kidney disease HUS is likely to cause illness to young children and the elderly.
If left untreated, HUS can ultimately lead to death.
It is not known whether E. coli 0128 causes illness in cats or dogs, however, infected animals can spread E. coli 0128 unknowingly and transmit bacteria in the home.
What Do I Do Now?
Customers are advised to check for the affected product and, if found, are urged to dispose of the product immediately.
DO NOT CONTINUE TO FEED IT TO YOUR DOG.
A full refund or replacement will be given if you have the above-mentioned product(s). Please email directly to Darwins via email@example.com.
Customers with any immediate questions can also call 866-832-8319, Mon to Fri, 6 am to 6 pm PT, or on Saturdays, 7 am to 3 pm PT.
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 can report it by filling in the Consumer Product Incident Report Form.
You can go back to our list of dog food recalls in the U.S.