September 26, 2016

Frozen Rad Cat Raw Diet Pet Food Recalled for Salmonella and Listeria

Radagast Pet Food is recalling four lots of frozen Rad Cat Raw Diet products because they may be contaminated with Salmonella and/or Listeria monocytogenes bacteria. These bacteria can sicken the animals eating the products and there is a risk to human health as well.

Rad Cat Raw Food Recall

People can contract Salmonella and Listeria from pets who carry the bacteria, whether or not they are sick, by petting them, or by coming into contact with feces or saliva. In addition, surfaces exposed to the recalled products can become contaminated with the pathogenic bacteria.

You can see the long list of recalled products at the FDA web site, along with package sizes, lot numbers, best by dates, and UPC numbers. They include Rad Cat Raw Diet Grass-Fed Beef, Rad Cat Raw Diet Free-Range Chicken, and Rad Cat Raw Diet Free-Range Turkey. They were sold in 8 ounce, 16 ounce, and 24 ounce tubs, and free 1 ounce sample cups. The products were distributed in western Canada and all U.S. states except Hawaii and Mississippi.

The FDA third party contracted lab found two lots of Grass-Fed Beef tested positive for Listeria. One lot of Free-Range Chicken tested positive for Listeria, and one lot of Free-Range Turkey texted positive for both Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes. The lot codes of 62384, 62361, 62416, and 62372 are on the lid of all products packaged in tubs and on the bottom of sample cups.

Do not return these products to the retailer. Throw them away in a sealed or double bagged container in a secure garbage receptacle so other animals can’t eat them. Then clean out your freezer or refrigerator with a mild bleach solution, because Listeria bacteria can grow at refrigerator temperatures and freezing will not kill it.

Watch your pet for signs of illness. Pets with Salmonella or Listeria monocytogenes food poisoning may be lethargic, have diarrhea that may be bloody, fever, vomiting, decreased appetite, and abdominal pain. People with Salmonella can have nausea, vomiting, diarrhea that may be bloody, and fever. Listeriosis, unfortunately, can take up to 70 days to appear. Symptoms of that illness include muscle aches, neck stiffness, flu-like symptoms, severe headache, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea.

If your pet is sick, take her to the veterinarian. If you are sick, see your doctor, especially if you are pregnant, elderly, or have a chronic illness or compromised immune system.

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