Vital Essentials has announced a voluntary recall of its Beef Tripe formula frozen raw dog food because of potential Listeria contamination. The product was distributed in multiple states including Ohio.
The recall is announced two days after a similar recall of Stella & Chewy’s raw frozen and freeze-dried products, also because of potential Listeria contamination.
What is being recalled?
Testing by the Food and Drug Administration showed Listeria contamination in two batches of Vital Essentials Beef Tripe frozen raw dog food. The two recalled products are:
- Vital Essentials Frozen Beef Tripe Patties, UPC 33211 00809, Lot # 10930, Best by date 20160210
- Vital Essentials Frozen Beef Tripe Nibblets, UPC 33211 00904, Lot # 10719, Best by date 12022015
While the company’s announcement is downplaying the risk of Listeria bacteria to pets, handling Listeria-contaminated food also poses health risks to people, which the company did not mention in its announcement.
Young or elderly people and those with compromised immune systems are at greater risk of fatal infection.
Healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms like fever, headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.
Symptoms in sick pets are similar.
What to do with recalled product
If you have purchased product affected by the recall, please stop using it immediately and carefully dispose of it. (The Maryland Department of Agriculture recommends disposing of affected product by wearing disposable gloves, placing product in double plastic bags, sealing it and throwing it away.)
If you are concerned about the health of your pet, please Call us right away. Outside business hours, please call CARE Center of Dayton at (937) 428-0911 or MedVet Dayton at (937) 293-2714.
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