The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued a warning not to feed your dog specific formulas of Aunt Jeni’s Home Made frozen raw dog food. According to DogFoodAdvisor.com, the warnings pertain to two of Aunt Jeni’s recipes: Aunt Jeni’s Home Made, Turkey Dinner Dog Food and Aunt Jeni’s Home Made, Chicken Dinner Dog Food.
Facts at a Glance
- During a routine inspection, two samples of finished product of Aunt Jeni’s Home Made tested positive for Salmonella, and/or Listeria mono.
- The two finished products that tested positive are: Aunt Jeni’s Home Made, Turkey Dinner Dog Food, 5 lb (2.3kg), lot 175199 JUL2020 and Aunt Jeni’s Home Made, Chicken Dinner Dog Food, 5 lb (2.3kg), lot 1152013 JUL2020.
- If you have any of the affected Aunt Jeni’s products, you should throw them away.
- These lots of Aunt Jeni’s Home Made frozen raw pet food present a serious threat to the health of humans and animals alike.
- People or dogs with symptoms of Salmonella or L. mono infection should see their doctor or veterinarian.
What to Do if You Have These Products On Hand
If you feed your dog Aunt Jeni’s Home Made, Turkey Dinner Dog Food or Aunt Jeni’s Home Made, Chicken Dinner Dog Food you need to check your product to determine if you have purchased the affected lot, or batch.
You can find the lot number on the outside of the package, typically under the expiration date. Turkey Dinner Dog Food that tested positive was a 5 lb package, lot 175199, expiring July 2020. The affected Chicken Dinner Dog Food was a 5 lb package, lot 1152013, expiring July 2020.
If you have either or these on hand, the FDA advises that you immediately stop feeding it to your dog and throw it away in a container that prevents any animals from eating it once placed in the garbage.
You should clean and disinfect any surfaces the food or dog may have been in contact with including: bowls, utensils, surfaces, bedding, toys, floors, etc. The bacteria can be shed in feces so it is important to scoop poop from the yard or park to prevent exposure to others.
Symptoms of Salmonella or Listeria Monocytogenes Infection
Salmonella is a bacterium that can cause illness and death in humans and animals. According to CDC, people infected with Salmonella can develop diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps. Most people recover without treatment but the infection can spread from the intestines to the blood stream without treatment of antibiotics.
Dogs do not always show symptoms of Salmonella infection. Infection can cause vomiting, diarrhea (which may be bloody), fever, loss of appetite and lethargy.
The CDC shows that listeriosis in humans can cause a variety of symptoms including headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance, and convulsions in addition to fever and muscle aches. Infection during pregnancy is especially problematic and can cause miscarriage, stillbirth, premature delivery, or a life-threatening infection of the newborn baby.
Reporting Illness Related to Contaminated Food
You can report complaints about pet food products electronically through the Safety Reporting Portal. Doing so helps the FDA further protect the health of all humans and animals.
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