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Dog food recalled for Salmonella, Listeria monocytogenes; pet owners also at risk

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Darwin’s Natural Pet Products has recalled specific production lots of its Natural Selections brand Meals for Dogs after laboratory testing detected Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes in samples of the products.

People who have handled the dog food are at risk of Salmonella infection and are advised to seek medical attention immediately if they develop symptoms of salmonellosis. Symptoms can include nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps, diarrhea that is watery or bloody, fever and headache.

recalled-Darwins-Natural-Selections-raw-dog-foodCountertops, utensils and pet food and water bowls should be throughly washed to prevent cross-contamination.

A search of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Enforcement Report web page revealed the following products have been recalled by direct email communication with customers:

  • Natural Selections Duck Meals for Cats, frozen (2-lb. packages; Lot #38277; Mfg. Date: 06/01/17 ) – contaminated with Salmonella
  • Natural Selections Chicken with Organic Vegetables Meals for Dogs (2-lb. packages; Lot #40727; Mfg. Date: 09/26/17) – contaminated with Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes
  • Natural Selections Duck With Organic Vegetables Meals for Dogs (2-lb. packages; Lot #40487; Mfg. Date: 09/29/17) – contaminated with Salmonella
  • Natural Selections Turkey With Organic Vegetables Meals for Dogs (2-lb. packages; Lot #39937 & #40507; Mfg. Dates 08/24/17 & 09/20/17) – contaminated with Salmonella.

Darwin sells and ships its products directly to customers. Its trademark is held by a Tukwila, WA, company, Arrow Reliance Inc. Darwin’s brand products are not available in stores, nor sold to distributors, according to the company. The recalled products were shipped to customers in September and early October.

Customers who were supplied with the affected products were notified of the recalls by email, with telephone follow-up where necessary, according to the company. No public recall notice was issued, although some information regarding the recall has been posted on Darwin’s Facebook page.

According to information posted on Darwin’s Facebook page, the company does not test “each and every batch of product” at present, but is re-evaluating its current processes in light of the current situation.

The Food and Drug Administration is aware of the recall, according to an agency spokesperson.

Between October 2010 and July 2012, FDA surveyed more than 1,000 samples of pet foods and pet treats for the presence of food-borne disease bacteria, including Salmonella. Of the 196 samples of raw pet food tested during the study, 15 were positive for Salmonella.

On July 16, 2013, FDA issued a “Compliance Policy Guide for Salmonella in Food for Animals,” affirming a zero-tolerance policy for Salmonella in pet food due to the risk to human health.

This report first appeared in Food Safety News and is reposted here with updates with permission.

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Recalls and Alerts: December 10 – 13, 2017

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Here is today’s list of food safety recalls, product withdrawals, allergy alerts and miscellaneous compliance issues. The live links will take you directly to the official recall notices and company news releases that contain detailed information for each recall and alert.

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United States

Food Safety Recall: Springfield Smoked Fish recalls Presliced Nova Salmon (1-lb. package; Lot #42173; Expiration date 12/22/17; UPC 811907018018) due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination. The recalled product was sold in retail stores in Rhode Island and Connecticut.

Food Safety Recall: Santa Fe Importers, Inc. recalls MARISA PREMIUM QUALITY GENOA SALAMI ITALIAN BRAND (3.5 to 4.0-lbs. random weight packages; Lot code 257-100161; Packaging date Sept. 14, 2017) due to possible contamination with metal shavings.

Pet Food Safety Recall: Arrow Reliance Inc. (doing business as Darwin’s Natural Pet Products) recalls Natural Selections Duck Meals for Cats, frozen (2-lb. package; Lot #38277; Manufactured 06/01/17) due to Salmonella contamination. The recalled products were sold directly to consumers in AK, AR, AZ, CA, CO, FL, GA, HI, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MN, MO, MS, MT, NC, ND, NE, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OK, OR, PA, TX, UT, VA, WA, WI, and WY.

Pet Food Safety Recall: Arrow Reliance Inc. (doing business as Darwin’s Natural Pet Products) recalls Natural Selections Chicken with Organic Vegetables Meals for Dogs (2-lb. package; Lot #40727; Manufactured 09/26/17) due to Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes contamination. The recalled products were sold directly to consumers nationwide.

Pet Food Safety Recall: Arrow Reliance Inc. (doing business as Darwin’s Natural Pet Products) recalls Natural Selections Duck With Organic Vegetables Meals for Dogs (2-lb package; Lot #40487; Manufactured 09/29/17) due to Salmonella contamination. The recalled products were sold directly to consumers nationwide.

Pet Food Safety Recall: Arrow Reliance Inc. (doing business as Darwin’s Natural Pet Products) recalls Natural Selections Turkey With Organic Vegetables Meals for Dogs (2-lb. package; Lot #39937 and #40507; Manufactured 08/24/17 and 09/20/17 respectively) due to Salmonella contamination. The recalled products were sold directly to consumers nationwide.

Dietary Supplement Safety Recall: Marmex Corp. recalls Blue Pearl All Natural Male Enhancement Supplement (500mg; All lots), because the product contains sildenafil.

Canada

Outbreak Alert: Twenty-one cases of E. coli O157:H7 infections in New Brunswick, Quebec, and Newfoundland and Labrador have been linked to consumption of Romaine lettuce, according to the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC). Ten individuals have been hospitaized. The source of the Romaine lettuce has not yet been determined.

Allergy Alert: Pristine Promotions Ltd. recalls Gesas brand Turkish Halva (760g; All lots) due to undeclared pistachios and sesame seeds. The recalled products were distributed to retailers in Manitoba and Ontario.

Allergy Alert: Wang Zhong Wan recalls Wang Zhong Wan brand Fishball with Meat (2000g; No product codes; UPC 6 985658 977970) due to undeclared egg. The recalled product was distributed to retailers in Ontario.

Allergy Alert: Thai United Food Trading Ltd. recalls Vinh Thuan brand Hagou Flour (400g; Expiry 30/05/2019; UPC 8 934734 072038) due to undeclared gluten. The recalled product was distributed to retailers in Alberta and British Columbia.

Allergy Alert: T-Brothers Food And Trading Ltd. recalls Ottogi brand Rice Cake Soup (181.6g; All lots; UPC 6 45175 89093 5) and Ottogi brand Beef Bone and Vegetable Soup (22g; All lots; UPC 6 45175 62040 2) due to undeclared milk. The recalled product was distributed to retailers in Alberta, British Columbia, and Manitoba.

Allergy Alert: Sobeys Inc. recalls Sensations brand Cinnamon Roll Uncooked Dough (450g; Product code 17AL27; UPC 6 23682 11977 0) due to undeclared pecans. The recalled product was distributed in New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario, and Prince Edward Island

Food Safety Recall: Xin Rui Food Co. Ltd. recalls Xin Rui Food brand Pork Meatball with Shii-Take Homestyle (400g; Product codes 11:16:2017 and 11:4:2017; UPC 8 96548 00016 5) due to pieces of plastic. The recalled product was distributed to retailers in Ontario.

Food Safety Recall: Marché Artisans recalls Smoked Salmon (variable weights; all lots), due to unsafe conditions of manufacture.

Europe

Outbreak Alert (France): Twenty-five cases of Salmonella Agona infections in infants have been traced to contaminated powdered infant formula manufactured by Lactalis Nutrition Santé group. Please refer to the list of recalled products.

Allergy Alert (Denmark): Hanegal A/S recalls Grøntsagscurry m/kikærter (Vegetable curry with chickpeas) sold as Sauce Bolognese (400g; Best before 20/12/2017) due to undeclared celery and mustard seed.

Food Safety Recall (Germany): Toms Gruppen A/S recalls various Anthon Berg brand candies and chocolates due to possible contamination with pieces of plastic. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Food Safety Recall (Germany): Kavo Produktions GmbH recalls Simply Sunny Dried Figs (250g; Best before July 2018; Lot 39677) due to elevated levels of ochratoxin.

Food Safety Recall (Luxembourg): Supermarchés Cora recalls Lactel Milumel Bio powdered Infant Formula (900g; Lots 17C0012686, 17C0012844, 17C0012965, 17C0013595, and 17C0013733; Best before 27/04/2018, 24/05/2018, 12/09/2018, 06/01/2019, and 03/02/2019, respectively; Product of France) due to Salmonella contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Sweden): ICA recalls ICA Basic Raspberries (500g; Best before 2019-06-19) due to Norovirus contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Sweden): Lantmännen Unibake Sverige recalls Bonjour 59475 Princesswiener (produced from November 13 to December 8, 2017) due to the risk of contamination with pieces of metal.

Asia, Africa and the Pacific Islands

Food Safety Recall (Hong Kong): Jumbo Smart Development Limited recalls Mon Petit brand Inovital Infant milk from 0 to 6 months (900g; Best before March 13, 2019 and June 22, 2019; Product of France), Mon Petit brand Inovital Follow-on milk from 6 to 12 months (900g; Best before March 16, 2019 and June 27, 2019; Product of France) and Mon Petit brand Inovital Growing-up milk from 1 to 3 years (900g; Best before March 15, 2019; Product of France) due to Salmonella contamination.

Recalls and Alerts: December 7 – 9, 2017

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United States

Allergy Alert: Aldi recalls Choceur Dark Chocolate Bars (5.29 oz.; Best before July 24, 2018; UPC 4149817964) due to undeclared almonds. The recalled product was sold in Aldi stores in Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Iowa, Kentucky, West Virginia, New York, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Maryland, Washington D.C., Virginia, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, Florida and Texas, and was also available for purchase to ALDI customers in the Atlanta, Dallas and Los Angeles areas through the company’s partnership with Instacart, a grocery delivery service.

Food Safety Recall: Harvesters—The Community Food Network recalls Bibi Frutix candy product due to contamination with a chemical substance.

Canada

Allergy Alert: Persia Foods recalls Kasanda brand Liquid Pasteurized Kurd (250g, 500g & 700g; UPC 6 262685 800373, 6 262685 800298 & 6 262685 800366, respectively) due to undeclared milk. The recalled products were supplied to retailers in Alberta, British Columbia, and Ontario

Food Safety Recall (Update): Imperial Caviar & Seafood recalls VIP Caviar Club Trout Roe (50g; Best before 11-OCT-2018; Lot #28417-01; UPC 1 86866 51016 4) due to potential presence of Clostridium botulinum. The recalled product was distributed to retailers in Quebec.

Food Safety Recall: Pfenning’s Organic Vegetables Inc. recalls Pfenning’s Organic Vegetables Inc. Carrot Juicer (25 lbs; Product code 307RA) due to contamination with pieces of metal. The recalled product was supplied to retailers in Ontario.

Food Safety Recall: Saveur Express (Alma, QC) recalls various ready-to-eat products that were not prepared in a manner that ensures their safety for consumption. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Europe

Allergy Alert (Belgium): Kubizz B.V. recalls Montevergine Nougat Bar Peanuts/ Kerstverpakking (80g; Lot #25652565; Best before 01/09/2018) due to undeclared egg.

Allergy Alert (Germany): GEPA mbH recalls Curry Sauce (Article #1662009) due to undeclared mustard.

Allergy Alert (Ireland): Food Safety Authority of Ireland alerts consumers to the presence of undeclared mustard and/or milk in several Big Als and Goldstar Chicken Products. Please refer to the posted notice for a complete list of affected products.

Allergy Alert (UK): Ridiculously Rich by Alana recalls several varieties of cakes due to undeclared soy, eggs, peanuts, wheat, barley, oats and/or sulphites. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Food Safety Recall (Denmark): Skare Food A/S recalls Cooked sliced ​​organic roll sausage (70g; Best before 05-12-2017) due to Listeria contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Denmark): GRISOGKO ApS recalls Marinated Turkey Schnitzel (Production dates 20-11-2017, 22-11-2017, 27-11-2017 and 29-11-2017; Batch #865) due to Salmonella contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Finland): Alfmix Oy recalls various Anthon Berg products due to possible contamination with plastic pieces. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Food Safety Recall (Germany): Jütro Tiefkühlkost GmbH & Co. KG recalls BIO GRENO Raspberries, frozen (300g; Best before 11.04.2019 and 06.06.2019; Product of Serbia) due to possible Norovirus contamination.

Food Safety Recall Update (Sweden): Toms expands earler recall of Anthon Berg products due to possible contamination with plastic pieces. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Australia and New Zealand

Food Safety Recall (Australia): Warburn Estate recalls Warburn Estate Bottled Wines due to a packaging defect that could result in the introduction of glass particles into the wine. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Food Safety Recall (New Zealand): Progressive Enterprises recalls various Warburn Estate Bottled Wines due to a packaging defect that could result in the introduction of glass particles into the wine. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.