The pet food makers Stella & Chewy’s are recalling some of their products after listeria was found during their routine testing. During the testing some chicken freeze-dried patties tested positive for Listeria, prompting this voluntary recall, according to ABC News on July 5.
Stella & Chewy’s Pet Food Company, which is based out of the Milwaukee area, said that there have been no reports of animals or humans getting sick from this, but they are embarking on the recall as a precautionary move. It is an “overabundance of caution” they are exercising when announcing this recall, according to the pet food makers.
Listeria can cause serious illness in children and people who are frail and the elderly. It can even cause death in children in extreme cases. People who are normally healthy and contract Listeria usually suffer flu-like symptoms, such as diarrhea, vomiting, high fever, headache and nausea, according to the Seattle Times today.
The recalled items from Stella and Chewy’s include some batches of Carnivore Crunch – Chicken Recipe and Carnivore Crunch – Turkey Recipe.
It also includes some batches of : Freeze-Dried Chewy’s Chicken Dinner for Dogs, Freeze-Dried Chick, Chick, Chicken Dinner for Cats, Freeze-Dried Tantalizing Turkey Meal Mixers, Freeze-Dried Tummy and Ticklin’ Turkey Dinner for Cats.
The recalled items also include some of the batches of these products: Freeze-Dried Salmon & Chicken Dinner for Cats, Frozen Duck Duck Goose Dinner Morsels for Dogs, Frozen Chewy’s Chicken Dinner Morsels for Dogs, Frozen Surf ‘N Turf Dinner Patties for Dogs and Frozen Chewy’s Chicken Dinner Patties for Dogs.
If you have any of these items, folks are urged to look for the lot numbers and UPC codes, which will identify the batch that is being recalled. For a full list of the recalled items and their lot numbers and codes go to Stella and Chewys website for their recall notice here.
You have to give this company kudos for releasing a recall list of so many items after finding the Listeria and not waiting. The reason for such a large recall is because out of an “overabundance of caution.” Many of the batches recalled didn’t have Listeria detected, but their concerns were for cross-contamination.
It wasn’t that long ago when a disturbing report found dead animals, including a dead elephant in a pile waiting to be turned into dog food for several different companies. This is the yesteryear mindset of feeding pets. Today they are treated like family members and many pet owners won’t buy food that is made outside the U.S. even if it is distributed by a company in America.
Smaller and specialized companies are cropping up, like Stella & Chewy’s, who put an emphasis on safe and fresh food for your pets. As consumers became more aware of how pet food was once widely made they became their own investigators and purchased their food from companies making their pet food in America. They look for pet food companies who take the responsibility of a timely recall when a problem pops up. Even people food gets recalled now and then!