The company took this action after learning that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had detected Salmonella in a sample of the pet food.
The recall is limited to the following item, and was distributed in California, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Nevada, New York, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee through retail stores, mail order, and direct delivery.
Albright’s Raw Dog Food Chicken Recipe for Dogs, 2 lbs chubs/rolls.- Lot No. C000185, Best By 19 May 2021.
Sixty-seven cases of the frozen raw food were supplied to distributors from 7/8/20 to 8/27/20.
One animal illness has been reported, according to the recall notice. No human illnesses have been reported.
Albright’s was informed by FDA of an anonymous complaint on November 11th, according to a spokesperson for the company. The complainant did not contact the company directly.
After receiving the complaint, FDA tested seven samples of the implicated raw pet food and found Salmonella in one of those samples.
Communication from FDA has been “punctual and straightforward,” and the company is continuing to work with FDA during the recall process.
Albright’s production manager is certified in food safety from Purdue University, according to information supplied to eFoodAlert by the company, and has experience supervising in USDA-inspected plants.
FDA declined to state whether or not the agency is now inspecting the Albright’s manufacturing facility, or whether it has plans to do so in the near future, on the grounds that this is an open/ongoing investigation. The FDA’s Inspection Classification Database does not list any previous inspections of the facility.
In response to eFoodAlert’s request for a statement, Albright’s released the following:
“We produce our food utilizing only human grade ingredients. It is raw and therefore must be handled as such following food safety handling practices as our packaging and website indicates. Although our suppliers and ourselves follow all necessary steps to prevent food contamination our food should be handled under the assumption it may contain pathogenic bacteria. No different than the meat you purchase for human consumption.
We stand by our firm commitment to produce healthy dog food. We feel our food contributes to a dogs overall health. Our food does not contain synthetic vitamins, food by-products, grains and other ingredients detrimental to dogs health. That being said pathogenic bacteria is a hazard to human health and all steps should be taken to avoid contact with them.”
What consumers should know
- 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.
- FDA encourages consumers to report any pet food complaints through the agency’s Safety Reporting Portal or by contacting the Consumer Complaint Coordinator for their state.
- Consumers who have purchased Albright’s Raw Dog Food Chicken Recipe for Dogs are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund.
- Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-260-422-9440 Monday – Friday, 8 am – 4 pm, EST.