On March 26, 2018, Blue Ridge Beef of Eatonton, GA, voluntarily recalled lot#GA0131 of BRB Complete raw pet food after samples collected and tested by the FDA showed positive for Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes. To date, there have been no consumer or pet illnesses reported in association with this product.
The recalled lot affects the states of Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee, and North Carolina. The affected product is sold in two pound chubs that are frozen and are distinguished by the manufacturing codes:
Manufacturing date: 01/31/2018
The packaging of the product and the location of the lot number is pictured below with the location of the clips on each end of the chub.
Salmonella and Listeria can cause severe and potentially fatal infection in both the animals consuming the pet food, and the humans that handle the pet food. There is a risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products or any surface exposed to these products. Pets can be carriers of the bacteria and infect humans, even if the pets do not appear to be ill. Once Salmonella and/or Listeria monocytogenes get established in the pet’s gastrointestinal tract, the animal can shed the bacteria when it has a bowel movement, and the contamination will continue to spread.
Groups at high risk for Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes include the elderly, people with weakened immune systems and certain chronic medical conditions (such as cancer), and pregnant women. Healthy people infected with Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes should monitor themselves and their pets for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product or pets that have consumed this product should contact their healthcare provider. Pet owners should contact a veterinarian if their pet shows symptoms. Consumers should also follow the simple handling tips on the package.
Consumers are encouraged to check the clips of product to ensure that they possess the affected lot#GA0131. Those who have purchased the above lot of BRB Complete are urged to stop feeding them and return products to the place of purchase for a full refund or dispose of them immediately. Those with questions can email the company at email@example.com.
See the full FDA Alert for this recall HERE.