UPDATE: Raw Pet Food Manufacturer Recalls Additional Products
American Veterinarian Editorial Staff
The FDA has detected Shiga toxin-producing E. coli and Salmonella in samples of raw pet foods manufactured by Arrow Reliance Inc. prompting additional recalls.
UPDATE (March 27) — Arrow Reliance/Darwin’s Natural has recalled additional lots of raw pet foods after FDA testing indicated that the products contained Salmonella and/or Shiga toxin-producing E. coli.
Natural Selections Chicken with Organic Vegetables Meals for Dogs
Lot #43887, manufacture date 1/30/18, in 2-lb flexible film packages
Natural Selections Duck with Organic Vegetables Meals for Dogs
Lot #44147, manufacture date 2/5/18, in 2-lb flexible film packages
ZooLogics Chicken with Vegetables Meals for Dogs
Lot #44037, manufacture date 2/7/18, in 2-lb flexible film packages
ZooLogics Turkey Meals for Dogs
Lot #44127, manufacture date 02/04/18, in 2-lb flexible film packages
Salmonella and Shiga toxin-producing E. coli
The company only sells its products online through direct-to-consumer sales. Recalled lot codes and the manufacturing dates are printed directly on the flexible film packages.
(February 14) — Following 6 complaints of illness and 1 death since October 2016 in animals that have eaten raw pet food products manufactured by Arrow Reliance/Darwin’s Natural of Tukwila, Washington, the FDA has issued an alert to pet owners. Four recalls from this manufacturer were issued in the past 4 months alone. All cases of illness have involved contamination with Salmonella and/or Listeria monocytogenes.
The latest recall, issued on February 10, came on the heels of a complaint of an adult dog that had recurrent diarrhea over a 9-month period. Initial veterinary testing and follow-up tests by the FDA were positive for Salmonella in both the dog and the Darwin’s Natural raw pet food the dog had been fed.
Arrow Reliance/Darwin’s Natural, which only sells its products online through direct-to-consumer sales, is aware of the animal’s illness and the positive results and has notified its customers via email about the latest recall.
In addition to the illnesses associated with Salmonella contamination in the products, the FDA has received complaints of at least 3 animals that were reportedly injured by bone shards in the Darwin’s Natural raw pet food products.
Since 2016, Arrow Reliance/Darwin’s Natural has recalled the following products:
ZooLogics Duck with Vegetable Meals for Dogs
ZooLogics Chicken with Vegetable Meals for Dogs
Salmonella and L monocytogenes
Lot #40487, manufacture date 9/29/17, in 2-lb flexible film packages
Lot #40727, manufacture date 9/26/17, in 2-lb flexible film packages
Salmonella and L monocytogenes
Lot #39937, manufacture date 8/24/17 and Lot #40507, manufacture date 9/20/17, in 2-lb flexible film packages
Lot #38277, manufacture date 6/1/17, in 2-lb flexible film packages
Lot #3146070, manufacture date 7/21/16, in 2-lb flexible film packages
Lot #3142070, manufacture date 7/20/16, in 2-lb flexible film packages
Lot #3155070, manufacture date 7/25/16, in 2-lb flexible film packages
Because of the potential for Salmonella to sicken both people and animals, this issue is a public health concern. Raw pet food is more likely than other types of pet food to contain Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes. Pet owners who choose to feed raw pet food should understand the associated risks.
Consumers who purchased these products should throw away any remaining product, clean their refrigerator, and clean and disinfect all bowls, utensils, food prep surfaces, pet bedding, toys, floors, and any other surfaces with which the food or pet may have had contact. Owners should also be sure to clean up the animal’s feces in yards or parks where people or other animals may become exposed.
People who think they or their pets might have become ill from exposure to contaminated raw pet food should talk to their health care provider or veterinarian, respectively. Veterinarians who wish to have dogs tested for Salmonella may do so through the Vet-LIRN Network if a person in the household is infected with Salmonella.