FDA Warning: Performance Dog Raw Pet Food

  • Manufacturer: Bravo Packing, Inc.
  • Date: September 26, 2019
  • Cause: Salmonella / Listeria Monocytogenes
  • Product(s) Affected: All Performance Dog Raw Frozen Pet Food
  • Annoucement: FDA warning letter issued on September 26, 2019 (click here).

What’s Being Recalled?

The FDA conducted routine testing on two samples from Bravo Packing, Inc., Performance Dog pet foods manufacturer. These samples provided a positive test result for Salmonella and/or Listeria Monocytogenes.

One of the products tested was yet to be distributed.

However, the other product was distributed to the market under lot code 072219 and was sold in two-pound packages.

The lot codes can be located on the outside of the boxes used to send the products. However, the products themselves do not have the lot codes printed on them.

Unfortunately, if the box has been disposed of, there is no individual identification method for the affected products.

The FDA advised that all pet foods made by this manufacturer produced on or after July 22, 2019, should be avoided.

Notably, the agency said expressed concerns over the manufacturer’s poor standards of this product and said…

“This is the second time Bravo Packing, Inc. product has tested positive for pathogen contamination. In September 2018, Bravo Packing, Inc. recalled all Performance Dog frozen raw pet food due to salmonella. Also, during a 2016 inspection, the FDA collected samples of Bravo Packing, Inc. horse meat chunk animal food that tested positive for the drugs pentobarbital and phenytoin.”

If you have a product dated on or after July 22, 2019, dispose of it as soon as possible.

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.

Why Is There Concern?

Dog foods contaminated with Salmonella pathogens are a significant risk to public health because they affect animals and humans.

Pets can get severely sick from Salmonella and spread the bacteria unknowingly to humans without showing any symptoms.

If Salmonella becomes established in a dog’s GI (gastrointestinal) tract, dogs can spread the bacteria through its feces and continue the spread.

Due to the bacteria being spread via feces, it’s important to clean up thoroughly and wipe any exposed areas. Cleaning household items and good hygiene practices is also a way of stopping the spread of bacteria.

Federal laws require all pet foods to be free from any detrimental bacterias or pathogens such as Salmonella.

What Do I Do Now?

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

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.