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RECALL ALERT – Northwest Farm Food Cooperative Voluntarily Recalls Frozen Raw Cat Food Due To Salmonella

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Northwest Farm Food Cooperative of Burlington, WA, is voluntarily recalling frozen raw cat food due to their potential of being contaminated with Salmonella.

The recall was the result of a sampling done by the Food and Drug Administration which revealed that the finished product contained the deadly bacteria. The company has ceased the production and distribution of the product as FDA and the company continues their investigation as to what caused the problem.

This recall is being made with the knowledge of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Image source: @TomThai via Flickr
Image source: @TomThai via Flickr

Affected Product

The potentially affected lots of frozen raw cat food were sold from the facility at 1370 S. Anacortes Street Burlington, WA 98233.

  • The affected products are sold in 50 pound blocks and cases of six 10 pound chubs
  • Packaged in a white plastic bag labeled “Cat Food”
  • The products affected by this recall have the production code Jul12015B and have no UPC code. The production code can be found on the outside of the case (box)

The Risk

Salmonella is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.

Salmonella can affect animals eating the products and there is 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. 

Healthy people infected with Salmonella should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea or bloody diarrhea
  • Abdominal cramping
  • 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 show the following symptoms:

  • Lethargic
  • Diarrhea or bloody diarrhea
  • Fever
  • Vomiting

Some animals will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Infected but otherwise healthy animals can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your animals have consumed the recalled product and have these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.

If You Have Product

No pet or consumer illnesses from this product have been reported to date. However, because of their commitment to safety and quality, Northwest Farm Food Cooperative is conducting a voluntary recall of this product.

Consumers who have purchased the above lots of frozen raw Cat Food are urged to stop feeding them and return product to place of purchase for a full refund or dispose of them immediately. For further information about the recall please call (360) 757-4225 Monday through Friday from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm PST.

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