3 Raw Pet Foods Recalled for Possible Contamination

September 11, 2018
American Veterinarian Editorial Staff

Steve’s Real Food is recalling 3 lots of raw pet food due to the potential for contamination with Salmonella and Listeria.

Another raw pet food manufacturer has issued a voluntarily recall.

This time it is Steve’s Real Food, a raw pet food company operating out of Salt Lake City, Utah. The company is recalling 3 lots of food due to possible Salmonella and/or Listeria monocytogenes contamination. The company announced the recall to the FDA on September 7 after the Washington State Department of Agriculture alerted Steve’s Real Food that product samples tested positive.

When the company conducted its own test, results for both Salmonella and Listeria were negative. However, according to an FDA statement, Steve’s Real Food is instituting the voluntary recall because of its commitment to overall safety and quality.

The affected products were distributed nationally and can be identified with the following UPC codes and “best by” dates located on the front of the bag:

Product Name

Lot #


Best By Date

Steve’s Real Food Turducken Recipe




Quest Emu Diet




Quest Beef Diet




Pets infected with Salmonella and/or Listeria may become lethargic and have diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Some pets will have only decreased appetite, fever, and abdominal pain. It is also possible for humans to become infected through handling a contaminated product or coming into contact with an infected animal. Common signs and symptoms in humans are similar to those animals experience.

To date, no pet or human illnesses have been reported in connection with this recall. However, pet owners are cautioned to check the lot code and best by date on any Steve’s Real Food products they have prior to feeding them to their pets. Consumers who have purchased any of the affected products should return them to the retailer they purchased it from. The retailer will verify the lot code and issue a refund.