Dog food recalled after testing finds the presence of Listeria


Primal Pet Foods is recalling certain Raw Frozen Primal Patties for Dogs Beef Formula because of potential Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

People can become sick by handling contaminated food or touching surfaces that have been exposed to Listeria monocytogenes.

This voluntary recall is a result of routine sampling by the US Food and Drug Administration, which revealed a positive result for Listeria monocytogenes in one sample from one lot of Raw Frozen Primal Patties for Dogs Beef Formula.

Listeria monocytogenes rarely cause illness in dogs, but it is possible. Dogs can have mild symptoms such as diarrhea and vomiting. Even if a dog is not showing symptoms, it can still be a carrier of the bacteria and spread it to humans. If a dog has consumed the recalled product, pet parents are encouraged to consult their veterinarian.

The company distributed sixty-six cases (396 units) of this single lot of Raw Frozen Primal Patties to Maryland, Georgia, Texas, and British Columbia, in late April 2022.

Recalled product:

  • Single lot (#W10068709) of Raw Frozen Primal Patties for Dogs Beef Formula with best by date of 05/22/23.
  • The Raw Frozen Primal Patties are sold in flexible packaging in the freezer at select pet stores.
  • The lot number and best by date can be found on the lower third of the back of the Raw Frozen Primal Patties package.

As of the posting of this recall, Primal Pet Foods has received no complaints or reports of illness to pets or humans due to this recalled product.

If a pet owner has the recalled product in their possession, they should stop feeding it to their dog and dispose of it immediately.

About Listeria infections

Food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes may not look or smell spoiled but can still cause serious and sometimes life-threatening infections. Anyone who has handled any recalled dog food and developed symptoms of Listeria infection should seek medical treatment and tell their doctors about the possible Listeria exposure.

Also, anyone who has eaten any of the recalled products should monitor themselves for symptoms during the coming weeks because it can take up to 70 days after exposure to Listeria for symptoms of listeriosis to develop.

Symptoms of Listeria infection can include vomiting, nausea, persistent fever, muscle aches, severe headache, and neck stiffness. Specific laboratory tests are required to diagnose Listeria infections, which can mimic other illnesses.

Pregnant women, the elderly, young children, and people such as cancer patients who have weakened immune systems are particularly at risk of serious illnesses, life-threatening infections, and other complications. Although infected pregnant women may experience only mild, flu-like symptoms, their infections can lead to premature delivery, infection of the newborn, or even stillbirth.

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