Two pet food companies have discovered Listeria in their products, so you might want to check what you're feeding your furry friends. Stella and Chewy's and Vital Essentials have recalled pet food products after some tested positive for Listeria. According to the FDA, the bacteria was found in Stella and Chewy's Chicken Freeze-Dried Dinner Patties for Dogs during a routine inspection. It was detected in samples of Vital Essentials's frozen beef tripe products during a review by an independent lab. Both companies voluntarily recalled their pet foods.
There have been no reported illnesses from the pet foods yet. While Listeria infections in healthy cats and dogs aren't common, the bacteria can be dangerous for people handling the potentially contaminated pet foods. According to the FDA, Listeria can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young kids, the elderly, and people with weakened immune systems. Healthy adults can still experience short-term symptoms, including high fever, muscle aches, nausea, and diarrhea. If animals become infected, they will display similar symptoms.
To be safe, Stella and Chewy's recalled everything nationwide from the contaminated lot, Lot #111-15, as well as a few other items. Here are all the Stella and Chewy's products that were recalled for Listeria.
- Freeze-Dried Chewy's Chicken Dinner for Dogs (15 oz.)
- Freeze-Dried Chick, Chick, Chicken Dinner for Cats (12 oz.)
- Carnivore Crunch — Turkey Recipe (3.25 oz)
- Frozen Duck Duck Goose Dinner Morsels for Dogs (4 lb.)
- Frozen Chewy's Chicken Dinner Morsels for Dogs (4 lb.)
- Frozen Surf 'N Turf Dinner Patties for Dogs (6 lb.)
- Frozen Chewy's Chicken Dinner Patties for Dogs (6 lb.)
- Frozen Chewy's Chicken Dinner Patties for Dogs (3 lb.)
- Freeze-Dried Tantalizing Turkey Meal Mixers (9 and 18 oz.)
- Carnivore Crunch - Chicken Recipe (3.25 oz.)
- Freeze-Dried Tummy Ticklin' Turkey Dinner for Cats (12 oz.)
- Freeze-Dried Salmon & Chicken Dinner for Cats (12 oz.)
Vital Essentials, manufactured by Carnivore Meat Company, is only recalling two items, which were distributed in Washington, California, Texas, Georgia, Illinois, Colorado, New Mexico, Florida, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Ohio, and Vermont. Here are the recalled Vital Essentials products:
- Vital Essentials Frozen Beef Tripe Patties
- Vital Essentials Frozen Beef Tripe Nibblets
If you have any of these pet food products in your house, throw them out or return them for a refund. Stella and Chewy's items can be returned to the store where they were purchased for a full refund. For Vital Essentials' products, call 920-370-6542 for a refund or replacement food.