You may have been noticing recall alerts from the Colorado based pet food company “I and Love and You”. However, this isn’t all that recent. According to the company’s voluntary recall notice, the product listed below was pulled back in July due to possible Salmonella contamination.
The product recalled was:
- Cow Boom! Strips Beef Gullet, 2oz, UPC #8 18336 01134 4, Lot numbers ending in 4T1 or 5T1 with a “best-by” year of 2016 or 2017.
After seeing several media outlets who were covering this recently, I reached out to the company and spoke to a representative who explained why the recall was coming to light now.
She explained in July, when the recall initially happened, the FDA had failed to publish the press release. It wasn’t until Wednesday of this month when the FDA issued their press release on the product.
Other products recalled in July
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If you have any questions or concerns, you should always visit or call your veterinarian -- they are your best resource to ensure the health and well-being of your pets.
Friday, September 25, 2015
- The FDA is alerting pet owners and veterinary professionals about certain pet food products manufactured by Sunshine Mills under several brand names that may contain unsafe levels of aflatoxin. This is an expansion of a previously announced recall.
- Aflatoxin is a toxin produced by the mold Aspergillus flavus, which can grow on corn and other grains used as ingredients in pet food. At high levels, aflatoxin can cause illness and death in pets.
- Pets experiencing aflatoxin poisoning may have symptoms such as sluggishness, loss of appetite, vomiting, jaundice (yellowish tint to the eyes or gums due to liver damage), and/or diarrhea. In severe cases, this toxicity can be fatal. In some cases, pets may suffer liver damage but not show any symptoms.
- Pet owners should stop feeding their pets the recalled products listed below and consult their veterinarian, especially if the pet is showing signs of illness.
- The FDA is asking veterinarians who suspect aflatoxin poisoning in their patients to report the cases through the Safety Reporting Portal or by calling their local FDA Consumer Complaint Coordinators. Pet owners can also report suspected cases to the FDA.
NJ Pet Food Supplier Recalls Frozen Ground Beef for Listeria, Salmonella
The Recalled Performance Dog and Ground Beef both come frozen in 2-pound and 5-pound plastic sleeves and were distributed nationwide.
Bravo Packing, Inc. of Carneys Point, NJ is recalling all Ground Beef and Performance Dog, a frozen raw pet food because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes. Salmonella can cause illness in animals eating the products, as well as people who handle contaminated pet products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products, infected animals or any surfaces exposed to these products. Listeria monocytogenes is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.
Healthy people infected with Salmonella should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. Rarely, Salmonella can result in more serious ailments, including arterial infections, endocarditis (an infection of the heart muscle), arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation and urinary tract symptoms. People who have these symptoms after having contact with this product or an animal that has eaten this product should contact their healthcare providers.
Pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Some pets will have decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Pets exposed to contaminated food can be infected without showing symptoms. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian. Infected animals including those without symptoms, can also shed Salmonella through their feces and saliva, spreading pathogens into the home environment and to humans and other animals in the household.
No human or animal illnesses have been reported to date.
Bravo Packing, Inc. is voluntarily recalling the products after samples of Performance Dog and a sample of Ground Beef were collected during an FDA inspection, tested positive for Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes.
Performance Dog generally works with the distributor located in Brooklyn, New York, that fills orders to brick-and-mortar retail stores or to consumers directly nationwide.
Performance Dog and Ground Beef both come frozen in 2-pound and 5-pound plastic sleeves. If you have an Ground Beef or Performance Dog, please throw it away. Consumers with questions should contact Bravo Packing, Inc. at 856-299-1044 (Monday – Friday, 9:00AM-2:00PM, EST).
OUTBREAK ALERT (FRANCE): Santé Publique France is reporting an outbreak of 164 cases of Norovirus illnesses since mid-February across several regions of France. The illnesses appear to be linked to consumption of contaminated oysters.
Food Safety Recall (Austria): FM Foods 2.0 recalls Planty of Burger (Batch codes 250920 and 260920 Best before 19.11.2021 & 20.11.2021, respectively) due to possible foreign matter (piece of metal) contamination.
Food Safety Recall (Belgium): Colruyt et Okay recall Boni Selection yaourt aux fruits 5 goûts / 5-flavour fruit yoghurt (125g Best By 03/04/2021) due to possible foreign matter (metal pieces) contamination.
Food Safety Recall (Belgium): Aldi recalls Tupelo farm brand ROULADE DE DINDE / Turkey roll (700 G Lot #RPS 27615 Best by 11/12/2021) due to possible Salmonella contamination.
Food Safety Recall (Belgium): SOUFFLET recalls Carrefour brand Riz basmati / Basmati rice (1kg bag Best by 21/11/2022) due to elevated levels of mycotoxin (Ochratoxin A).
Food Safety Recall (France): E. Leclerc recalls Les Croisés brand Pointe de brie / Brie wedge (200g Best before 07/04/2021) due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination.
Food Safety Recall (France): Les coquillages de la Baie d’Isigny recalls Les coquillages de la Baie d’Isigny brand Moules de pêche / Mussels (sold from 26/02/2021 to 01/03/2021, inclusive) due to E. coli contamination.
Food Safety Recall (Germany): Adalat Berlin recalls getrocknete Minzblätter / Dried mint leaves (carton containing 7 x 180g packages Expiry date 24.09.2022) due to Salmonella contamination.
Food Safety Recall (Iceland): Aðföng recalls SFC Boneless Bucket chicken pieces, frozen (650g Lot #L19720 Best before 28-11-2021 Product of Poland) due to Salmonella contamination.
Food Safety Recall Update (Ireland): SFC recalls The Original SFC Chicken Poppets (190g Best before 24.09.2021 and 31.10.2021) due to Salmonella contamination.
Food Safety Recall (Luxembourg): Cactus recalls Mons Fromager Affineur brand Barriquet fromage de chèvre / goat cheese (400g Lots 130121, 140121, 260122 Best before 23/03/21) due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination.
Food Safety Recall (Luxembourg): Colruyt recalls Boni Selection yaourt aux fruits 5 goûts / 5-flavour fruit yoghurt (125g Best By 03/04/2021) due to possible foreign matter (metal pieces) contamination.
Food Safety Recall (Luxembourg): Aldi recalls Tupelo farm brand ROULADE DE DINDE / Turkey roll (700 G Lot #RPS 27615 Best by 11/12/2021) due to possible Salmonella contamination.
Food Safety Recall (UK): Co-op recalls British 12 Beef Meatballs (350g Use by 05 March 2021) due to possible foreign matter (pieces of plastic) contamination.
Food Safety Recall (UK): Lidl GB recalls Crownfield Wholegrain Wheat Bixies 36 (720g Best before 10 January 2022, 11 January 2022, and 12 January 2022) due to possible foreign matter (pieces of plastic) contamination.
Food Safety Recall (UK): Co-op recalls Co-op Irresistible Carrot Cake (Best before 14 March 2021) and Co-op Irresistible Coffee and Walnut Cake (Best before 20 March 2021) due to possible foreign matter (pieces of glass) contamination.
On March 3, Bravo Packing Inc. of Carneys Point, NJ, recalled all of its raw frozen pet food — ground beef and “Performance Dog” — after tests showed contamination with Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes.
Consumers should take extra care if they have any recalled dog food in their homes because there is a danger to human health if people fail to follow proper handwashing and sanitization procedures, according to the company recall notice posted by the Food and Drug Administration.
This recall resembles a recall from Sept. 2018 of all of the company’s Performance Dog frozen raw pet food products because of potential Salmonella contamination. That recall prompted a facility inspection in 2019 and in March 2020 Bravo Packing Inc. received a warning letter from the Food and Drug Administration detailing violations at the f acility.
The full warning letter issued one year ago was part of standard enforcement activities. See excerpts below.
Some FDA warning letters are not posted for public view until weeks or months after they are sent. Business owners have 15 days to respond to FDA warning letters. Warning letters often are not issued until a company has been given months to years to correct problems. The FDA frequently redacts parts of warning letters posted for public view.
Bravo Packing Inc.
Carney’s Point, NJ
A food firm in Jersey is on notice from the FDA for violations of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act at their facility. The FDA states in the letter that the firm manufactures raw pet food in ways in which the pet food could become contaminated by undesirable microorganisms for which the firm has no control step.
In a March 16, 2020, warning letter the FDA described a July 22, 24, and Aug. 6, 2019, inspection at Bravo Packing Inc. in Carney’s Point, NJ. Inspectors found serious violations of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act.
The inspection was a follow-up to assess any corrections made since the company’s Class I recall of its Performance Dog Food after an FDA sample taken during a 2018 inspection revealed the presence of Salmonella.
FDA’s inspection resulted in issuance of an FDA Form 483 Inspectional Observations report listing deviations.
FDA inspection of the plant, including their manufacturing process, revealed several violations:
- They did not keep animal food-contact and non-contact surfaces of utensils and equipment cleaned and maintained as necessary to protect against contamination of animal food and animal food-contact surfaces. In addition, in wet processing of animal food, when cleaning and sanitizing are necessary to protect against the introduction of undesirable microorganisms into animal food, all animal food-contact surfaces must be cleaned and sanitized before use.
Investigators observing their sanitation operations documented that dried food residue was left on equipment used to manufacture raw, frozen, ready-to-eat dog food, despite the equipment being identified as “clean” by an employee.
Additionally, their sanitation procedures comprised just high-pressure hot water rinsing, spraying with undiluted bleach, and a final rinse. They do not use detergent, manual scrubbing, or other appropriate procedures to remove meat and fat residue from food-contact surfaces in their facility. Below are several specific observations noted by FDA investigators during the 2019 inspection:
- On July 22, 2019, the exiting end of the auger that feeds the raw ingredient beef into the mixer was observed to have heavy buildup of dried, dark, crusty meat-like material. A film residue was also observed on the sides of the exit chute.
- On July 24, 2019, FDA investigators observed a greasy buildup of animal fat where the grinder feeds into the auger. This was observed after the machine had been cleaned, prior to the bleach spray step.
- On July 24, 2019, the buckets that are used to hold cut meat exhibited a black residue on the inside surface. They stated these buckets had been cleaned.
2. They did not use toxic materials, such as cleaning compounds and sanitizing agents, in a manner that protects animal food, animal food-contact surfaces or animal food-packaging materials from contamination.
- On July 24, 2019, the buckets mentioned above, used to hold cut meat, were also observed to contain what appeared to be pooled sanitizer in the bottom of the buckets.
- When animal food-contact surfaces are wet-cleaned, it may be necessary to thoroughly dry these surfaces before they are used again, as well.
3. They did not hold animal food for distribution under conditions that protect against contamination and minimize deterioration.
- On July 22 and July 24, 2019, condensate drip, pools of water on the floor, and ice buildup on several boxes of finished raw dog food products were observed in one of their firm’s freezers. These are indications that the freezer is not functioning properly. Further, numerous boxes were not sealed closed and FDA investigators observed one open box with damaged packaging, in which the finished product was being contaminated by condensate drip.
4. They did not take effective measures to exclude pests from the packing area and to protect against the contamination of animal food by pests.
- On July 24, 2019, FDA investigators observed pallets of cardboard boxes stored in a three-sided covered garage. The boxes, used to pack finished product, such as the boxed product stored in their freezer, were observed to have avian droppings on the top, sides, and along the bottom of numerous pallets. Apparent mammalian excreta was observed adjacent to the palletized boxes located along the back wall of the garage. This practice of storing their unprotected packing material under birds and among excreta creates a pathway for contaminating their finished product with animal and bird fecal matter and the pathogens such matter may contain.
5. Each individual engaged in manufacturing, processing, packing, or holding animal food must have the education, training or experience (or a combination thereof) necessary to manufacture, process, pack, or hold safe animal food as appropriate to the individual’s assigned duties and have received training in the principles of animal food hygiene and animal food safety. Records documenting the training in the principles of animal food hygiene and animal food safety must be established and maintained.
- On July 24, 2019, while observing employee cleaning practices, FDA investigator noted that it appeared that the employee had not been trained on how to properly remove remnants and residue of meat products remaining on the machine after processing. They stated that employees have not been instructed to scrape any portion of the production machinery. The employee also was not instructed or trained to use a degreaser for the removal of residue on the sides of the auger, and on July 22, 2019, the employee stated that he used undiluted bleach on the processing equipment, instead of diluting the bleach properly for use as a sanitizer.
- FDA investigators observed that their firm did not maintain training records and was not able to provide documentation that the employees working in direct contact with the raw dog food product had been trained in principles of animal food safety or animal food hygiene.
The firm manufactures raw pet food and the practices described above are ways in which the pet food manufacture could become contaminated by undesirable microorganisms for which they have no control step. Undesirable microorganisms include microorganisms that are pathogens, that subject animal food to decomposition, that indicate that animal food is contaminated with filth, or that otherwise may cause animal food to be adulterated. Pet owners and other people can become ill from pathogens in pet food by handling the food or coming into contact with surfaces of utensils used for the food.
The presence of undesirable microorganisms in pet food is evidence of the significance of the CGMP violations. On July 24, 2019, FDA Investigators collected samples of two of their finished dog food products and FDA laboratory analysis found Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes, both of which are undesirable microorganisms. “Performance Dog Food” was found to contain Listeria monocytogenes and Salmonella, and “Beef Dog Food” was found to contain Salmonella.
The full warning letter can be viewed here .
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