The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning pet parents to stop feeding a specific lot of A+ Answers Straight Beef Formula for Dogs. This comes after the Nebraska Department of Agriculture tested and found Salmonella in the food.
What Exactly Is Recalled & Why Is The FDA Issuing A Warning
Brand owner Lystn, LLC (also doing business as Answers Pet Food) issued a recall for the following food:
- A+ Answers Straight Beef Formula for Dogs lot 2018 20/08 20.
According to the FDA, the company issued the recall for distribution and retail locations in the state of Nebraska back on December 20, 2018. A warning letter from the FDA points out the affected food has not been recalled nationwide.
“The FDA is still working with Lystn to gather comprehensive distribution information and is issuing this warning to alert consumers about this public health risk.”
About Salmonella: What’s The Problem?
Pets with Salmonella infections may experience the following symptoms: Diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, vomiting, abdominal pain, lethargy, and decreased appetite. If your pooch has consumed the recalled food and experiences these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.
But the risk doesn’t end there. According to the FDA:
“Pet foods contaminated with pathogens such as Salmonella are of particular public health importance because they can affect both human and animal health. Pets can get sick from Salmonella, and may also be carriers of the bacteria and pass it onto their human companions without appearing to be ill. Once Salmonella gets established in the pet’s gastrointestinal tract, the animal can shed the bacteria when it has a bowel movement, and the contamination will continue to spread.”
Feed This Food?
If you feed the affected A+ Answers Straight Beef Formula for Dogs food, you’re urged to throw it out immediately. When tossing this food, make sure it’s in a secure container where no other animals — including wildlife — can access it.
Additionally, bust out the cleaning products and disinfect refrigerators/freezers where the food was stored, along with all bowls, utensils, food prep surfaces, pet bedding, toys, floors, and any other surfaces that the food or pet may have had contact with.