Albright’s recalls raw dog food due to Salmonella


Albright’s Raw Dog Food of Fort Wayne, IN has recalled one batch of Albright’s Raw Dog Food Chicken Recipe for Dogs, due to possible Salmonella contamination.

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.

Recalls and Alerts: June 14 – 17, 2020


Here is today’s list of food safety recalls, product withdrawals, allergy alerts and miscellaneous compliance issues. The live links will take you directly to the official recall notices and company news releases that contain detailed information for each recall and alert.

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United States

Food Safety Recall: La Bodega Meat LLC recalls approximately 83,038 pounds of raw beef products that were not presented for import re-inspection into the United States. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Food Safety Alert: The Illinois Department of Agriculture is issuing a public health alert due to an undetermined amount of ground beef product prepared under custom exemption at David B’s Custom Meats. The ground beef may be contaminated with non-O157 shigatoxin-producing E. coli.

Canada

OUTBREAK ALERT: The Public Health Agency of Canada reports that cases of E. coli O157 infections in British Columbia, Alberta and Manitoba are linked to exposure to Carnivora brand frozen raw pet food products. Two of the four outbreak victims have been hospitalized.

Food Safety Recall: G. Brandt Meat Packers Ltd. recalls three Mini Smoked Farmer Sausage products due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Food Safety Recall: Fruiterie Krazy Kris recalls Saumon fum – smoked salmon (variable weights; All units sold up to 16 June 2020) because the item was not prepared and packaged in a manner that would ensure safety for consumption.

Pet Food Safety Recall: Riveriene Farm Ltd. o/a Carnivora Pet Foods recalls several frozen raw pet food products due to potential E. coli O157 contamination. The company’s products have been linked to an outbreak of E. coli O157 illnesses. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Europe

Allergy Alert (Denmark): Normal A/S recalls Nusello Choco & Nut (100g; Best before 15/08/20) and Nusello Caramel & Nut (100g; Best before 15/08/20) due to undeclared wheat.

Allergy Alert (UK): Tesco recalls Tesco Free From Beef Lasagne (430g; Use by 21 June 2020) due to undeclared milk.

Food Safety Recall (Austrla): Sennereigenossenschaft Hatzenstädt recalls Almbauernkäse / Alm farm cheese (Sale date of May 1, 2020 to June 8, 2020) due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France): Carrefour recalls Carrefour brand Flageolets Extra Fins (720ml; Lot #4819L J2M248 D08 /hh:mm; Best before 30/09/2023) due to foreign matter (pieces of glass) contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France): Carrefour recalls Carrefour BIO brand Mortadella Bio / Organic mortadella (70g; Lot 209136; Best before 14/06/2020) due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France): GéantCasino recalls Casino brand Lardons de saumon fumé atlantique / Atlantic smoked salmon (90g; various lot numbers and Best before dates) due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Food Safety Recall (Ireland): Primula Ltd. (UK) recalls all Primula Cheese tubes produced from 25 December 2020 up to and including 28 January 2021 due to risk of Clostridium botulinum. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Food Safety Recall (UK): Primula Ltd recalls all Primula Cheese tubes produced from 25 December 2020 up to and including 28 January 2021 due to risk of Clostridium botulinum. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Asia, Africa and the Pacific Islands

Food Safety Recall (Israel): Karl Berg Sausage & Meat Manufacturing and Sales (2000) Ltd. recalls Rubinstein Delicatessen brand Smoked Beef Tongue (Expiry date 30.7.20) due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Australia and New Zealand

Food Safety Recall (Australia): Simplot Australia Pty Ltd recalls Leggo’s Tuna Bake with Spinach & Garlic (500g; Best Before 1 05 22 and batch code of 12164) due to the incorrect pH level being detected in the sauce which has the potential for microbial growth that might result in illness.

Canadian E. coli O157 outbreak linked to raw pet food


Four Canadians between the ages of 3 and 43 have beccome infected with E. coli O157 since March 2020, according to a report from the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC). Two of the individuals were hospitalized.

All four individuals became ill following exposure to Carnivora brand frozen raw pet food purchased at various pet stores.

There have been no reports of sick pets.

The four genetically linked outbreak cases were reported from British Columbia (1 case), Alberta (2 cases) and Manitoba (1 case).

Carnivora brand raw pet food is manufactured by Riveriene Farm Ltd. o/a Carnivora Pet Foods, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and is distributed through retailers across Canada.

Carnivora has recalled the following six items, which may be contaminated with E. coli O157.

  • Carnivora Brand Whole Animal Chicken Dinner with Vegetables ‘n’ Fruit, Ultra Premium Fresh Frozen Patties for Dogs & Cats (4 lb / 1820g bag; UPC 689076622271; Date codes 13 01 20 / 006, 15 02 20 / 042, 20 01 20 / 006 & 20 02 20 / 042)
  • Carnivora Brand Chicken Dinner with Vegetables ‘n’ Fruit (25 lb / 11.36 kg Bulk Box; UPC 689076619677; Date codes 13 01 20 / 006, 15 02 20 / 042, 20 01 20 / 006 & 20 02 20 / 042)
  • Carnivora Brand Whole Animal Beef Dinner with Vegetables ‘n’ Fruit, Ultra Premium Fresh Frozen Patties for Dogs & Cats (4 lb / 1820g Bag; UPC 689076622370; Date codes 13 01 20 / 006, 15 02 20 / 042, 20 01 20 / 006 & 20 02 20 / 042)
  • Carnivora Brand Beef Dinner with Vegetables ‘n’ Fruit (25 lb / 11.36 kg Bulk Box; UPC 689076621076; Date codes 13 01 20 / 006, 15 02 20 / 042, 20 01 20 / 006 & 20 02 20 / 042)
  • Carnivora Brand Whole Animal Turkey Diet, Ultra Premium Fresh Frozen Patties for Dogs & Cats (4 lb / 1820g Bag; UPC 689076623971; Date codes 13 01 20 / 006, 15 02 20 / 042, 20 01 20 / 006 & 20 02 20 / 042)
  • Carnivora Brand Turkey Diet (25 lb / 11.36 kg Bulk Box; UPC 689076624800; Date codes 13 01 20 / 006, 15 02 20 / 042, 20 01 20 / 006 & 20 02 20 / 042)

The approximately 1803 recalled units were sold in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and may also have been distributed elsewhere in Canada.

Pet foods manufactured for export to the USA, the European Union and other countries must be accompanied by an export certificate certifying compliance with the requirements of the destination country. Likewise, pet foods imported into Canada must be accompanied by a government certificate attesting to the safety of the products.

Yet pet foods manufactured in Canada purely for domestic consumption fall into a regulatory No Man’s Land and are not subject to ANY requirements under either the Health of Animals Act or the Food and Drugs Act.

PHAC offers the following information and advice for consumers:

  • If you have the affected product, do not feed it to your pet. Consumers should immediately stop using any of the affected pet food products and contact the retailer where they purchased the affected product for a full refund or exchange.
  • Wash and sanitize any containers, utensils and surfaces that the raw foods touched before using them again. This includes countertops, microwaves and refrigerators.
  • Always wash hands thoroughly with soap and warm water after feeding, handling or cleaning up after pets. Animals fed raw meat diets are more likely to be shedding harmful bacteria like Salmonella and dangerous strains of E. coli even when they appear healthy, compared to those fed commercial kibble or other cooked diets. Regularly clean surfaces that come into contact with pet food or pets.
  • When possible, store all pet food and treats away from where human food is stored or prepared and away from reach of young children.
  • If you suspect you have become ill after being exposed to frozen raw pet food, or pets fed these diets, and have symptoms consistent with E. coli O157 infection, talk with your health care provider.
  • The Public Health Agency of Canada does not recommend feeding raw pet food to pets, especially in households with young children, or individuals who have conditions that compromise their immune system that put them at greater risk for more serious illness. However, if you choose to feed your pet a raw food diet, it is recommended that you buy from companies that use meat-derived ingredients that have been prepared in sanitary conditions and passed inspection for human consumption. Also look for companies that have a Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points protocol in place, which sets safety standards and practices, and helps to greatly reduce the risk of bacterial contamination.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency does not post recalls of either domestic or imported pet foods. Pet food recalls, if they are reported at all on a Government of Canada come under the heading of a Consumer Product.

It is only when a pet food has been linked to human illnesses or to widespread – and usually international – pet illnesses that Canadians learn about a contamination issue.