Dog Food Recalled Due to Salmonella, Listeria Contamination

By Paula Liu

Performance Dog frozen pet food has been recalled by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration after testing positive for salmonella and listeria on Sept. 26.

The FDA has cautioned pet owners not to feed their dogs the raw pet food after a sample of the dog food tested positive for salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes, in a news release on the FDA website. Two different types of dog food were tested at Bravo Packing Inc., the manufacturer of Performance dog food, during inspection, according to the release.

The FDA stated that only one product of the two tested were distributed, as the raw beef pet food product from Performance Dog had not been distributed. These products were packaged in two-pound pouches, the release stated, and each external package was assigned the lot code 072219. However, even though the two-pound pouches have a lot code, the individually packaged pouches inside the two-pound pouches do not have these lot codes, and customers are encouraged to throw away the Performance Dog raw pet food chubs—the ones individually packaged inside the main package—for safety measures.

In addition, the release stated that the contaminated packages were produced after July 22, so any packages that were manufactured before this date could possibly be contaminated and customers are encouraged to throw them away. FDA suggests that people keep this product away from other people or wildlife, in order to keep anyone or anything from coming into contact with the product.

According to the release, this contamination is considered a serious threat to the health and well-being of both animal and humans. If you notice symptoms of salmonella or Listeria monocytogenes infection, immediately seek medical attention from either medical care providers or veterinarians.

According to Dog Food Advisor and the release, FDA is concerned about the salmonella contaminations because pets could get sick from the contaminated product, and in turn, carry these bacteria to other animals or humans even though it might seem like there is nothing wrong with the pet. Humans also can get sick from being in contact with the contaminated product. These bacteria are easily spread when humans or animals touch other infected items inside and outside of the home.

Customers are encouraged to clean the space or area that once held the product, in addition to throwing away the affected products, Dog Food Advisor and the FDA stated. Owners should clean any area or surface that both humans and pets have had contact with, such as pet bedding, toys, floors, and utensils to keep the bacteria from growing and spreading.