October 24, 2016

Big Dog Natural Recalls Raw Dog Food for Possible Listeria and Salmonella

Big Dog Natural of New Jersey is voluntarily recalling a select production lot of Big Dog Natural raw dehydrated dog food Chicken Supreme because it may be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria, and Fish Supreme because it may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes bacteria. The FDA notified the company that samples of both of those products tested positive for the pathogenic bacterium.

Big Dog Natural Chicken Supreme Pet Food RecallThe recalled products, Chicken Supreme and Fish Supreme, were shipped from 10/31/2015 to 11/13/2015 to online customers. The recalled products include all weight volumes of the Big Dog Natural Chicken and Fish Supreme.

There is a risk to humans in this recall; people who handle these products and who do not thoroughly wash their hands can get sick. Pets infected with Salmonella may be lethargic and have bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Pets infected with Listeria monocytogenes may experience the same symptoms. Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers of these pathogens and infect other pets or people. If your pet is experiencing these symptoms, take her to a veterinarian.

The human symptoms of Salmonella include diarrhea that may be bloody, nausea, fever, abdominal cramps, and vomiting. The human symptoms of Listeria monocytogenes include high fever, stiff neck, muscle aches, nausea, and diarrhea. The symptoms of Salmonella food poisoning usually begin 12 to 72 hours after infection, but the symptoms of Listeria monocytogenes food poisoning can take up to 70 days to appear. And remember that pregnant women, while only mildly ill with Listeria food poisoning, can suffer miscarriage or stillbirth as a result of their infections.

If you purchased this product, do not give it to your pet. Throw it away in a sealed container so other animals can’t get at it, or return it to the place of purchase for a refund. Then wash out your refrigerator, freezer, or any place the food was stored with a mild bleach solution to kill any remaining bacteria.

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