Another raw dog food brand is voluntarily recalling select foods due to potential Salmonella contamination. For the second time this year, pet parents are urged to keep an eye out for Vital Essentials raw and freeze-dried dog foods. (Their last recall—also due to possible salmonella contamination—was back in February)
Vital Essentials’ parent company, Carnivore Meat Company, issued the recall after the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) collected and tested samples. Results detected the presence of Salmonella.
What To Watch For
According to a recall notice from Dog Food Advisor, affected products will be marked as the following:
Vital Essentials Freeze-Dried Beef Toppers
6-ounce (170 g) package size
Best by date: 06/04/2019 or 06/20/2019
Lot #: 13815
Product UPC: 033211006059
Vital Essentials Frozen Beef Chub Entrée for Dogs
5-pound (2.27 kg) package size
Best by date: 12/27/18
Lot #: 13816
Product UPC: 033211008817
While Carnivore Meat Company is based out of Wisconson, their food is sold across the United States through independent retailers, Chewys.com, and Amazon.com.
A Little About Salmonella
According to Vital Essentials:
Pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Some pets will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.
Feed This Food?
Company officials encourage their customers to throw away any recalled food. As always, when handling raw food, follow safety guidelines and wash your hands afterward. Customers may call the place of purchase for a refund or replacement. If you have any other questions or concerns, contact the company by phone at 920-370-6542.