Pet food maker Stella & Chewy’s has issued a recall on a number of pet meals from its product line after routine sample testing showed the presence of the bacterium that causes the infection listeriosis. The contamination was found in chicken freeze-dried dinner patties.
Writes The Associated Press, via ABC Action News: “Listeria can cause serious illness and even death in children, the frail and the elderly. Healthy people may suffer flu-like symptoms, such as high fever, headache, nausea and diarrhea. The Milwaukee-based company said there have been no reported pet or human illnesses.”
StellaandChewys.com issued the recall notice, listing all of the products and lot numbers included in the voluntary recall.
Jen Guzman, Chief Executive Officer of Stella and Chewy’s, said that the Maryland Department of Agriculture on July 2 “issued a stop sale order on a single lot of Chewy’s Chicken Freeze-Dried Dinner” after Listeria monocytogenes was detected in the product.
“While they have not tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes, in an abundance of caution, we are also voluntarily recalling a number of products that may have been exposed to the affected lot,” Guzman wrote in the released statement. “The health and safety of our customers and their pets is always of the utmost importance to us. We are accountable for every dinner and treat we make and recognize that we have an important obligation to provide customers with the quality products they deserve and have come to expect from us over the years.”
Stella & Chewy’s said it has partnered with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to investigate the contamination and to “properly address the situation.” The company also announced they have asked a third-party food investigator to conduct an inquiry and a “root cause analysis” as to the cause of the contamination.
According to the CDC, Listeria is a “serious infection that primarily afflicts older people, pregnant women, newborns and those with weakened immune systems.” Individuals infected with Listeria typically experience “fever, muscle aches, diarrhea and other gastrointestinal symptoms.”
Pets may experience the same symptoms as those that onset in humans.
Writes the dog care site Daily Puppy: “Initial warning signs of listeriosis are similar to the flu in humans. Your pooch will go from a high-energy fur ball, to an overly fatigued dog almost overnight. As the bacteria progress through his system, he’ll lose his appetite, have diarrhea, throw up, have poor coordination, suffer from a high fever and drool excessively. In advanced stages, listeriosis causes his face to be droopy – a sign of paralysis. Listeria monocytogenes bacteria ultimately affect your pooch’s brain, leading to brain swelling.”
Check the link above to view the products included in the pet food recall.