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Dog food recall: Stop feeding this potentially contaminated food to your pet

Updated Jul 8th, 2022 6:00AM EDT
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Primal Pet Foods issued a recall for a single lot of Raw Frozen Primal Patties. The company’s Dogs Beef Formula was recalled because the dog food might be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

Dogs rarely get infected with Listeria. But the pets can carry dangerous bacteria and transmit it to humans.

Listeria can cause severe, life-threatening illnesses in some groups of people. That’s why food and drink products that test positive for the bacteria are recalled from stores.

Primal Pet Foods dog food recall

Primal Pet Foods says in the recall press release that it’s committed to the quality and safety of its products.

As such, it uses a test-and-hold protocol for its pet foods. That means the products must test negative for harmful bacteria before being sold. The lot in the recall tested negative for Listeria before leaving the company’s facility. Both the raw materials and the finished products tested negative.

However, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) performed a routine test on the Primal Pet Foods product in the recall. That’s where the positive result for Listeria came from.

As a result, the company has recalled a single lot of 6-pound Raw Frozen Primal Patties for Dogs. You’ll have to look for lot number W10068709 and best by date 05/22/23 to determine whether or not your supply might contain the bacteria.

In total, the company says it distributed 66 cases, or 396 units from the lot in the recall in late April 2022. Buyers in Maryland, Georgia, Texas, and British Columbia might have purchased the potentially contaminated beef patties.

Primal Pet Foods recall: Front of package.
Primal Pet Foods recall: Front of package. Image source: FDA

The Listeria risk

The company says that Listeria rarely causes illness in dogs, but it can happen. The animals might experience digestive symptoms, including diarrhea and vomiting.

Even without symptoms, a dog can carry the bacteria and spread it to humans.

People are more likely to become sick after ingesting contaminated food. But they can develop the infection even just from handling contaminated food or touching surfaces. Handling food from the Primal Pet Foods recall can increase the risk of infection in humans.

Healthy people might experience several symptoms from an infection, including fever, headache, muscle aches, stiff neck, nausea, abdominal pain, diarrhea, confusion, loss of balance, and convulsions.

While healthy people will typically recover in a few days, certain categories are at risk of complications. Young children, elderly people, and people with weakened immune systems are particularly vulnerable. Similarly, pregnant women risk miscarriages and stillbirths.

Primal Pet Foods recall: Location of product identifiers.
Primal Pet Foods recall: Location of identification information. Image source: FDA

What you should do

Primal Pet Foods says it has received no complaints or reports of illness related to the product in the recall. However, the risk remains.

The company urges pet parents not to feed their dogs any product from the recalled lot. Instead, they should dispose of it immediately. The recall announcement doesn’t make any references to refunds. But it contains contact information, so you can reach out to Primal Pet Foods directly — check out this link.

Dog owners should also make sure they check the company’s instructions for handling the product safely. You’ll find info at this link.

Furthermore, pet owners who fed their dogs Primal Pet Foods from the recalled lot should consider contacting a veterinarian. Also, people who might have experienced symptoms indicative of a Listeria infection should consider reaching out to a doctor.

This article was originally published on July 7th, 2022. The headline has since been updated for clarifications.

Chris Smith Senior Writer

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he brings his entertainment expertise to Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises.

Outside of work, you’ll catch him streaming almost every new movie and TV show release as soon as it's available.

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