Top Quality Dog Food Recall: August 2021

  • Manufacturer: Top Quality Dog Food
  • Date: August 26, 2021
  • Cause: Salmonella spp.
  • Product(s) Affected: 1 batch of Beef HVM
  • Annoucement: FDA warning issued on August 26, 2021 (click here)

Which Products Are Affected?

The following products have been affected by this warning:

  • Product: Beef HVM Recipe
  • Size: 1 lbs
  • Lot Number: 071521

No illnesses have been recorded that are linked with this recall.

Beef HVM has been sold and distributed in the following states: CT, DC, DE, MA, MD, SC, PA, and VA.

Consumers can identify the lot number on the bottom right-hand corner of the packaging/ label.

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?

The contamination was identified and noted after state routine sampling. These tests showed the presence of Salmonella and Listeria Monocytogenes in some of the brands 1 lb packages of Beef HVM.

The remaining batches of Beef HVM have been isolated and quarantined. The company advises that they have ceased distribution of this product while the FDA continues its investigation.

What Do I Do Now?

The company has advised that it has contacted those who purchased the products with the affected lot number.

If you suspect that you have purchased the product, please dispose of it immediately.

Please contact Top Quality Dog Food company at 240-802-6601, Monday to Friday, 8 AM to 4:30 PM ET.

Alternatively, you can contact them via email at:

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

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.