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Vital Essentials Dog Food Recall | January 2016
January 15, 2016 — Carnivore Meat Company of Green Bay, Wisconsin, has announced it is voluntarily recalling a single lot of Vital Essentials Frozen Chicken Patties Entrée for Dogs due to possible contamination with Salmonella bacteria.
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What’s Being Recalled?
The single lot involved in this voluntary recall is:
  • Vital Essentials Frozen Chicken Patties Entrée for Dogs
  • Net weight 6 pounds
  • UPC 33211 00807
  • Lot # 11475
  • Best by date 20161108 (11/08/16)
The “Best By” date code and lot # is located on the back of the package.
Where Was It Distributed?
The affected product was distributed in the following states:
  • California
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Rhode Island
  • Texas
  • Washington
Why Was It Recalled?
The Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) selected and tested product as part of a national collection initiative, which was issued by the Center of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) on June 3, 2015.
The Agency notified Carnivore Meat Company that one of the samples collected, tested positive for Salmonella, bacteria commonly associated with fresh and frozen poultry, in human and in pet products.
There have been no customer complaints reported.
No other product manufactured by Carnivore is involved in this recall.
About Salmonella
Salmonella can cause serious illness or fatal infection in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.
Although healthy individuals may suffer only short term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal cramping and diarrhea.
Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product should contact their healthcare providers.
What to Do?
If you are a consumer and have purchased a bag of the affected product, please call the the company at 920-370-6542 Monday-Friday, 9 AM to 4 PM CST.
The company will assist you in obtaining replacement or a full refund from your local retailer for your original purchase.
If your package has been opened, the company suggests that you dispose of the raw food in a safe manner. This can be accomplished by securing it in a covered trash receptacle.
U.S. citizens can report complaints about FDA-regulated pet food products by calling the
consumer complaint coordinator in your area.
Or go to
http://www.fda.gov/petfoodcomplaints.
Canadians can report any health or safety incidents related to the use of this product by filling out the
Consumer Product Incident Report Form.

Big Dog

Big Dog Natural Dog Food Recall of January 2016
January 4, 2015 — Big Dog Natural of Brick, NJ, has announced it is voluntarily recalling a select lot of its Big Dog Natural Chicken Supreme raw dehydrated dog food because it may be contaminated with Salmonella.
The company is also recalling its Fish Supreme product because it may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.
The affected products were shipped to online customers during the period from October 31, 2015 through November 13, 2015.
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About Salmonella and Listeria
Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes can affect animals eating the products.
And there is also risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products — especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products or any surfaces exposed to these products.
Healthy people infected with Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever.
Rarely, Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes can result in more serious ailments, including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms.
Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product should contact their healthcare providers.
Pets with Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting.
Some pets will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain.
Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans.
If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.
These products were sold directly to consumers through the company’s online website and in the US.
The recalled products include all weight volumes of the Big Dog Natural Chicken and Fish Supreme.
No additional products are affected by this recall.
What Caused the Recall?
Big Dog Natural became aware of a potential issue after receiving notification from the FDA that an investigative sample of Chicken Supreme tested positive for Salmonella.
And that an investigative sample of Fish Supreme tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes.
What to Do?
Consumers should discontinue feeding the affected product, monitor their pet’s health and contact their veterinarian if they have concerns.
Consumers who purchased the product can obtain a full refund or exchange by returning the product in its original packaging.
Consumers with questions should contact Big Dog Natural by calling 732-785-2600 from 9 AM to 4 PM ET.
U.S. citizens can report complaints about FDA-regulated pet food products by calling the
consumer complaint coordinator in your area.
Or go to
http://www.fda.gov/petfoodcomplaints.
Canadians can report any health or safety incidents related to the use of this product by filling out the
Consumer Product Incident Report Form.