Pet food recall: September 2014 *UPDATED*

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Pet food recall: September 2014

Bravo Recalls Select Chicken and Turkey Pet Foods Because of Possible Salmonella Health Risk


PRESS RELEASE - September 26, 2014 - (Manchester, CT) Bravo of Manchester, CT is recalling select lots of Bravo Turkey and Chicken pet foods for dogs and cats because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. 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 and fever. 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.

The recalled product was distributed nationwide beginning on November 14, 2013 to distributors, retail stores, internet retailers and directly to consumers. The product can be identified by the batch ID code (best used by date) printed on the side of the plastic tube.

1) These products are being recalled because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

Product Number: 31-102
Size: 2 lb. (32 OZ) plastic tubes
Best used by date: 11-05-15
UPC: 829546311025
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Bravo! Blends All Natural Chicken Blend diet for dogs & cats
Product Number: 21-102
Size: 2 lb. (32 OZ) plastic tubes
Best used by date: 08-11-16
UPC: 829546211028
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2) These products are being recalled out of an abundance of caution because they were manufactured in the same manufacturing facility or on the same day as products that tested positive.

Premium Turkey Formula BRAVO Balance RAW DIET
Product Number: 31-405
Size: 5 lb. (80 OZ) 2.3KG plastic tubes
Best used by date: 11-05-15
UPC: 829546314057
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Bravo! Blends All Natural Chicken Blend diet for dogs & cats
Product Number: 21-105
Size: 5 lb. (80 OZ) 2.3KG plastic tubes
Best used by date: 08-11-16
UPC: 829546211059
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The recall was initiated after routine testing by the Nebraska Department of Agriculture revealed the presence of Salmonella in two lots of product. This batch tested negative by a third party independent laboratory prior to release for distribution to consumers.
No additional products affected by this recall. The company has received no reports of illness in either people or animals associated with these products to date.

In addition to the voluntary recall of the above products, Bravo has chosen to voluntarily withdraw the following poultry products from the marketplace to provide its customers with the certainty of safety. Those products include all sizes (2 lb., 5 lb. and 10 lb.) of Bravo Chicken Blend(s), Bravo Turkey Blend(s), Bravo Balance Chicken Balance and Bravo Balance Premium Turkey Formula frozen raw diet products with best used by dates between June 20, 2016 and September 18, 2016. This is being done out of an abundance of caution despite no evidence of any manufacturing defect or distribution problem. None of these products are known to have tested positive for the presence of pathogens. This market withdrawal has NOT been requested by the FDA, but is being done voluntarily by Bravo.

The recalled product should not be sold or fed to pets. Pet owners who have the affected product at home should dispose of this product in a safe manner (example, a securely covered trash receptacle). Customers who have purchased the recalled pet food can return to the store where purchased and submit the Product Recall Claim Form available on the Bravo website for a full refund or store credit. More information on the Bravo recall can also be found at, or call toll free (866) 922-9222 Monday through Friday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (EST).

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KONG® silent recall of dog treat has consumers questioning brand's integrity

By Stacey Gonzalez
The Dog Food Advisor (DFA) has announced a recall of KONG® Aussie Sticks for dogs due to possible contamination with mold. Although the DFA reported the recall on Sept. 25 no release by the products manufacturer has been made available to the public.

The manufacturer of the chew treat JAKKS Pacific- based in Walnut, California- has yet to issue a release informing customers specific details about where the product was sold such as store locations or online distribution. The recall of the KONG® Aussie Sticks appears to be a "silent recall."

"According to a letter obtained from JAKKS Pacific and forwarded by KONG® to The Dog Food Advisor, the recalled product was sold only at PetSmart," stated the DFA report.

The item numbers of the recalled product are 75559 and 75560 and the best before dates are listed as 1/30/16 and 1/31/16. The report quotes an unnamed JAKKS Pacific company spokesperson as saying “the products were not dried properly so a small percentage of finished goods have gone moldy."

“Majority of the product is fine, and the mold was caught at our distribution center, but some product may have made it to PetSmart so we are recalling all the product at PetSmart and destroying all the product we have at our distribution center,” the spokesperson continued.

The spokesperson advises customers to return the products to PetSmart to receive a full refund however the DFA and consumers are displaying distrust in JAKKS Pacific and KONG® due to the lack of information available on this recall.

"We are troubled by the covert nature and lack of transparency exhibited by both companies associated with this particular event," the DFA report states. "Obtaining confirmation and collecting details about this recall were especially challenging. Apparently, the companies only notified PetSmart and relevant distribution centers. And as far as we can tell, neither has made any effort to post a public notice."

One KONG® customer also posted a comment on the report with some more troubling information. User Mindy Bailey claims to have had a similar issue with another KONG® product.

"I also wanted to make people aware that it's not just the Aussie treats that have mold. I purchased Farmers Basket Beef Burgers from PetsMart as well and they were moldy. The item number was 12814 and the expiration date was 6/9/2016. I called KONG® customer service and they said someone from JAKKS would return my call but they never did," Bailey posted on Sept. 26.

KONG® does in fact have a product called Farmer's Basket Beef Burgers Dog Treat and is a very trusted pet treat and toy brand. KONG® products can be found in most big box pet food chains and specialty pet supply retailers. Customers can contact JAKKS Pacific at 877-875-2557, Monday through Friday from 7:30 am to 5:00 pm PT. Contact KONG® at 303-216-2626.

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