The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has warned pet owners not to feed a single lot of A+ Answers Straight Beef Formula for Dogs due to the presence of Salmonella in a sample tested by the Nebraska Department of Agriculture. The affected lot number is 2018 20/08 20 and has been recalled in Nebraska, but not nationwide at this time. The product is manufactured by Lystn, LLC dba Answers Pet Food, whose headquarters are in Pennsylvania.
If you have product from this lot of A+ Answers Straight Beef Formula for Dogs, the FDA advises you to throw it away using a secure container that cannot be accessed by other people or animals, including wildlife. Additionally, you should clean refrigerators/freezers where the food was stored and clean and disinfect all bowls, utensils, food prep surfaces, pet bedding, toys, floors and any other surfaces the food or pet eating it may have had contact with. It is important to clean up the pet’s feces in yards or parks where people or other animals may become exposed.
Salmonella is a bacterium that can cause illness and death in humans and animals, especially those who are very young, very old, or have weak immune systems. People infected with Salmonella can develop diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps. Most people recover without treatment, but in some people, the diarrhea may be so severe that they need to be hospitalized. In these patients, the Salmonella infection may spread from the intestines to the blood stream and then to other body sites unless the person is treated promptly with antibiotics. Consult your health care provider if you have symptoms of Salmonella infection.
Pets do not always display symptoms when infected with Salmonella, but signs can include vomiting, diarrhea (which may be bloody), fever, loss of appetite and/or decreased activity level. If your pet has these symptoms, consult a veterinarian promptly. Because animals can shed the bacteria when they have bowel movements, it’s particularly important to clean up the animal’s feces in yards or parks where people or other animals may become exposed, in addition to cleaning items in the home.
Federal law requires all pet food to be free of pathogens, including Salmonella. Pet food manufacturers must effectively manage sourcing of ingredients, processing and packing to control pathogens. Without an effective control, such as cooking, raw pet food is more likely than other types of pet food to contain pathogens such as Salmonella. Pet owners who choose to feed raw pet food should be aware of the risks associated with these products.
The FDA encourages consumers to report complaints about this and other pet food products electronically through the Safety Reporting Portal or by calling their state’s FDA Consumer Complaint Coordinators.
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