What’s Being Recalled?
35 lots of 23 product varieties are affected by this recall:
- Texas Tripe Ground Turkey Necks
- Texas Trip Chicken Tripe Complete
- Texas Tripe Ground Chicken w/Bone
- Texas Tripe Shepherd’s Blend
- Texas Tripe Chicken/Pork/Salmon with Egg
- Texas Tripe Chicken Blend
- Texas Tripe Green Tripe
- Texas Tripe Phat Katz
- Texas Tripe Senior Pro
- Texas Tripe All-Star Bully Blend
- Texas Tripe Beef Blend
- Texas Tripe Duck-Rabbit
- Texas Tripe Goat Tripe Complete
- Texas Tripe Boneless Chicken Blend
- Texas Tripe Turkey Pork Blend
- Texas Tripe Beef Tripe and Ground Rabbit
- Texas Tripe Boneless Beef Blend
- Texas Tripe Coarse Ground Beef with Bone
- Texas Tripe Wolf Run Plus
- Texas Tripe Turkey Blend
- Texas Tripe Pork Blend
- Texas Tripe Beginners Choice
- Texas Tripe Wolf Run
The lot codes for all of the above products are: 19148, 19149, 19150, 19151, 19152, 19153, 19154, 19155, 19156, 19157, 19158, 19159, 19160, 19161, 19162, 19163, 19164, 19165, 19166, 19167, 19168, 19169, 19170, 19171, 19172, 19173, 19174, 19175, 19176, 19177, 19178, 19179, 19180, 19181, 19182
As of August 13, 2019, the following sampled products have tested positive for Salmonella and/or Listeria Monocytogenes:
- Texas Tripe Chicken Blend (Lot Code: 19196-6)
- Texas Tripe Pork Blend (Lot Code: 19190-09)
- Texas Tripe Beef Blend (Lot Code: 19191-05)
According to Texas Tripe, Inc. these products have been sold and distributed in the following states:
- New Jersey
- New Mexico
- New York
- North Carolina
The products are stored and sold frozen, so the FDA has concerns that some pet owners may still have some of them.
The products were sold direct to cusonumer either via phone or online.
What Caused the Recall?
The Office of the Texas State Chemist (OTSC) collected 23 product samples from Texas Tripe Inc. Of the 23 collected samples, 16 tested positive for Listeria Monocytogenes and/or Salmonella.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration continued these findings by collecting and analyzing samples of unopened products. The administration conducted further tests on additional lots and found some sampled provided positive results for Salmonella and/or Listeria Monocytogenes.
Texas Tripe Inc. initiated a recall on July 3, 2019 following the FDA and OSTC test results, notifying consumers directly via email.
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 Do I Do Now?
Pet owners who purchased the products with the specific lot codes should dispose of the products appropriately and discontinue feeding them to their pets.
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.
Pet owners concerned with their pets, should first contact their veterinarians for further advice.
Veterinarians who wish to conduct tests on their pets can do so via the Veterinary Laboratory Investigation and Response Network (Vet-LIRN Network) if the pet is from a household with an individual with Salmonella.
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.
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