Raw Basics, LLC. of Pleasant Prairie, WI, has recalled 108 boxes of its 5-lb. Pork-Bison Box product because it may be contaminated with Salmonella, which can affect animals eating the products and also poses 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 surfaces exposed to these products. To date, no pet or human illnesses have been reported.
This recall was issued after Raw Basics was notified by the Nebraska Department of Agriculture of the positive Salmonella finding. The affected product was sent to distributors in Minnesota, Georgia, Kansas, and Pennsylvania, and then dispersed to pet specialty retail stores. Raw Basics tests all batches of products for all pathogens in a hold and release program before releasing for shipping.
The affected product is packaged in 5-lb. frozen boxes labeled “Tucker’s Pork-Bison-Formula,” and displays the following identifying information:
Lot Code: 27717
UPC Code: 072635520017
Best by date: 04/17/19
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, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms. Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with 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 only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.
Consumers who have purchased Tucker’s 5-lb. Pork-Bison Boxes are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-800-219-3650.
See the full FDA Alert for this recall HERE.