Thogersen Family Farm — a raw pet food company based out of Stanwood, WA — is voluntarily recalling several varieties of their frozen ground pet food due to potential Listeria monocytogenes contamination.
The recall was sparked after officials with the Washington State Department of Agriculture collected samples. Their test results revealed the food contained bacteria.
According to The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), no illnesses have been reported to date.
The following 2-pound packaged varieties are included in this recall:
- Coarse ground rabbit frozen raw pet food
- Coarse ground mallard duck frozen raw pet food
- Ground llama frozen raw pet food
- Ground pork frozen raw pet food
Unlike most pet food recalls, no specific lot numbers, batch codes, or expiration dates have been specified. But we do know the recalled foods were packaged in 2-pound flattened, rectangular clear plastic packages. The front of the packages have a large, white square label with the company name, product type, and product weight.
Where Is The Recalled Food Sold?
Thogersen Family Farm officials said the affected pet foods were either sold to individual customers or two retail establishments, which have been notified.
Some of the affected foods are being held at the manufacturing location and haven’t been distributed.
Listeria monocytogenes may affect animals eating the products, as well as humans who have handled contaminated foods (especially if they haven’t washed their hands after having contact with the products or any surfaces exposed to this product).
Customers should keep an eye out for symptoms such as weakness, lethargy, diarrhea, vomiting, fever, nervousness, muscular and respiratory signs, depression, shock, and possibly death. According to the FDA, animals may become carriers and serve as potential sources of infection to other animals. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, contact your veterinarian.
According to the FDA:
“Listeria monocytogenes infections can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women. Anyone experiencing these symptoms should immediately contact a health care provider.”
When handling raw food, it’s always important to wash your hands thoroughly and follow the safety instructions.
Feed This Food?
Pet parents who have purchased the recalled food should stop feeding it immediately. For questions, consumers may contact the company at (360) 929-9808.