Food recalls are somewhat common these days, as processing of ingredients and formulating them into food products can sometimes put these products at risk for contamination with bacteria, viruses, and even foreign particles and materials. Sometimes, food that is at risk can be salvaged by simply cooking it to the appropriate temperature, as is the case with potentially contaminated meat or poultry.
But if that product is not to be cooked, it is often best to respond to the recall notice as advised. This is definitely the case this week as the recalled product in question is refrigerated, natural dog food manufactured by Arrow Reliance Inc that has tested positive for salmonella.
Obviously, any type of dog food is not intended for human consumption, but this product is not typically something that will be cooked, which means the potential risk cannot be managed and must be regarded. As such, pet owners are being urged to stop feeding these products to their pets and to discard them by throwing them out in a secure container where the animals—including wildlife—cannot get to it.
The product in question, this week, are a handful of Darwin’s Natural Pet Products Natural Selections refrigerated dog food. There are three lots affected by the recall, which include chicken and turkey recipes:
- Darwin’s Natural Pet Products Natural Selections Chicken Recipe with Organic Vegetables for Dogs with a manufacturing date of October 19, 2018 and bearing the barcode 5309(11)181019
- Darwin’s Natural Pet Products Natural Selections Chicken Recipe with Organic Vegetables for Dogs with a manufacturing date of November 11, 2018 and bearing the barcode 5375(11)181106
- Darwin’s Natural Pet Products Natural Selections Chicken Recipe with Organic Vegetables for Dogs with a manufacturing date of October 26, 2018 and bearing the barcode 5339(11)181026
In addition to discarding the pet food products—safely and securely—producers of the food also recommend cleaning out the refrigerators/freezers where the product would have been stored. In addition it would also be wise to clean the bowls, and food prep utensils or surfaces where the food would have been prepared or any other surfaces where the food or the pet may have been in contact with. It is also exceedingly important to clean up any solid waste from the animal, in the yard, where other animals or humans could be exposed, to minimize salmonella risk.
While pets do not always display symptoms of salmonella infection, these symptoms can include:
- Diarrhea (sometimes bloody)
- Loss of appetite