New FDA warning about Salmonella risk with Aunt Jeni’s frozen raw pet food

February 18, 2020
dvm360 Staff

FDA is advising pet owners not to feed pets Aunt Jeni’s Home Made raw pet food after one lot tested positive for Salmonella.

Last week, the FDA issued a warning to pet owners to avoid feeding Aunt Jeni’s Home Made frozen raw pet food after a retail sample tested positive for Salmonella infantis last month. According to the warning, this product poses a serious threat to human and animal health. Because it is stored frozen, the FDA is concerned that many pet owners still have it in their possession.

This advisory comes about six months after the FDA warned pet owners about one lot of two varieties of Aunt Jeni’s frozen raw pet food that had tested positive for Salmonella and/or Listeria monocytogenes.

The product involved in the current warning is:

Aunt Jeni’s Home Made All-Natural Raw Turkey Dinner Dog Food: Size 5-lb (2.3 kg), Lot 175331, Sell-by-Date: NOV2020

Aunt Jeni’s Home Made pet food products are sold online and through several retail locations, according to the release. Lot codes are printed on the lower right corner of the front of the bag. If you are unable to identify the code, the FDA recommends throwing the product away.

Pet owners who have the affected product in their homes should be advised to:

  • Throw them out in a secured container that other animals cannot access.
  • Clean refrigerators/freezers where the product was stored.
  • Clean and disinfect all bowls, utensils, food prep surfaces, pet bedding, toys, floors and other surfaces that the food or pet may have had contact with.
  • Clean up your pet’s feces in yards or parks where people or other animals may become exposed.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly after handling affected products or cleaning up potentially contaminated items and surfaces.

Complaints about pet food products can be reported electronically through the FDA’s Safety Reporting Portal.