According to a news release from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), a number of types of pet food for both dogs and cats are being recalled nationwide. The pet food is manufactured and distributed by Connecticut-based Bravo! The recall was ordered by the company after a round of routine testing by the Nebraska Department of Agriculture uncovered the presence of Salmonella in two lots of their products.
Among the products being recalled include the following:
- Raw Food Diet Bravo! Turkey Blend for Dogs and Cats, Product Number 31-102, UPC: 829546311025. This product comes frozen in 2 lb. (32 OZ) plastic tubes. The product has a Best used by date of 11-05-15.
- Bravo! Blends All Natural Chicken Blend diet for dogs and cats, Product Number: 21-102, UPC: 829546211028. This product comes frozen in 2 lb. (32 OZ) plastic tubes. The product has a Best used by date of 08-11-16.
- Premium Turkey Formula Bravo! Balance Raw Diet, Product Number: 31-405, UPC: 829546314057. This product also comes frozen, comes in 5 lb. (80 OZ) plastic tubes. The product has a Best used by date of 11-05-15.
- Bravo! Blends All Natural Chicken Blend diet for dogs and cats, Product Number: 21-105, UPC: 829546211059. This product also comes frozen, comes in 5 lb. (80 OZ) plastic tubes. The product has a Best used by date of 08-11-16
In addition to the above, Bravo is also recalling 2 lb., 5 lb. and 10 lb. packages of the following frozen raw diet products; Bravo Chicken Blends, Bravo Turkey Blends, Bravo Balance Chicken Balance and Bravo Balance Premium Turkey Formula, with “Best Used By” dates of between June 20, 2016 and September 18, 2016.
All of these products were shipped nationwide to a number of retail and Internet stores, distribution warehouses, and even directly to consumers beginning on November 14, 2013. they can be identified by labels containing most of the information above, which are located on the side of the package.
To date, the company reports that no people or pets have become ill due to these products. However, this is the second such recall within a few months for the company. Back in May, Bravo issued a recall of similar products after their product was found to contain listeria, another potentially dangerous foodborne bacterium.
Not only does pet food contaminated with salmonella constitute a potential risk to animals, it could also pose a risk to humans who fail to thoroughly wash their hands after handling the contaminated food.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Salmonella bacteria has the potential to cause fever, abdominal cramps and diarrhea in humans for up to 72 hours after infection. Most people who become sick will recover without treatment. However, some will become very sick and need to be hospitalized.
Those consumers who have any of the recalled products are asked to stop feeding it to their pets and dispose of it in a tightly-sealed container, and submit a product recall claim form to the company. These forms are available from wherever you bought the food. If you or a loved one develops symptoms after handling contaminated pet food, you should see your doctor immediately.