May 30, 2020

FDA Warns Against Aunt Jeni’s Home Made Frozen Raw Pet Food

The FDA has issued a warning for pet owners to not feed them certain lots of Aunt Jeni’s Home Made Frozen Raw Pet Food because it may be contaminated with Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes bacteria. Two sample of finished product collected during an inspection of Aunt Jeni’s Home Made tested positive for Salmonella and/or Listeria.

FDA Warns Against Aunt Jeni's Home Made Frozen Raw Pet Food

The products that tested positive are: Aunt Jeni’s Home Made, Turkey Dinner Dog Food, sold in 5 pound (2.3kg) packages, with lot number 175199 JUL2020; and Aunt Jeni’s Home Made, Chicken Dinner Dog Food, sold in 5 pound (2.3kg) packages, with lot number 1152013 JUL2020. If you have any of these products in your home, throw them away in a sealed container so other animals can’t access them.

The press release states that “FDA is issuing this alert because these lots of Aunt Jeni’s Home Made frozen raw pet food represent a serious threat to human and animal health. Because these products are sold and stored frozen, FDA is concerned that people may still have them in their possession.” Based on the test results, the Maryland Department of Agriculture issued a stop sale for these products on August 20, 2019.

Aunt Jeni’s Home Made pet food products are sold frozen online and through retail locations. You can find the lot codes on the lower right corner of the front of the bag.

The FDA recommends that you then clean refrigerators and freezers where this product was stored with a mild bleach solution, since Listeria monocytogenes bacteria can grow at refrigerator temperatures and freezing doesn’t kill it. Disinfect all bowls, utensils, food prep surfaces, pet bedding, toys, floors, and any other surfaces that the food or pet may have had contact with. It’s important to clean up feces where other animals or people may be exposed. Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water after handling this product and cleaning up.

Animal symptoms of Salmonella can include vomiting, diarrhea that may be bloody, fever, loss of appetite, and decreased activity. Animal symptoms of Listeria monocytogenes food poisoning can include mild to severe diarrhea, anorexia, fever, nervous, muscular, and respiratory signs, and depression. Pets do not have to show symptoms to pass these pathogens on to humans.

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