Vital Essentials Dog Food Recall 2018

Carnivore Meat Company of Green Bay advised its customers on April 16, 2018, that they are voluntarily recalling two of its freeze-dried dog foods because they are potentially contaminated with 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:

Vital Essentials Freeze-Dried Beef Toppers

Product Type: 6 oz (170g) package size

Lot Number: 13815

UPC Code: 033211006059

Best Used By Date: 04/06/2019 or 20/06/2019

Vital Essentials Frozen Beef Chub for Dogs

Product Type: 5 lb (2.27kg) package size

Lot Number: 13816

UPC Code: 033211008817

Best Used By Date: 27/12/2018

Why Is It Being Recalled?

Following FDA testing of a single product, it was identified that there was a presence of salmonella.

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
  • Diarrhea
  • Fever
  • Upset Stomach
  • Vomiting

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
  • 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 Do I Do Now?

The company has informed consumers to destroy any of the affected products safely. They have advised consumers not to continue to use the above product.

Contact the retailer where you purchased the product for a replacement or full refund.


No other Vital Essentials product have been affected by this recall.

Customers with any immediate questions may contact 920-370-6542.

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.

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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.