The announcement came after the Minnesota Department of Agriculture issued a “consumer advisory” March 12 saying its laboratory found Salmonella in routine sample tests of the frozen, poultry-based raw pet food.
"This batch tested negative by a third party independent laboratory prior to release for distribution to consumers; however, routine testing by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture of product collected from a single retail location tested positive for presence of salmonella," Bravo! said. "While the testing discrepancy is unclear, in an abundance of caution, Bravo is issuing this recall."
No reports of animal or human illnesses have been linked to the food, according to Bravo! and the agriculture department.
"Pet owners should return unopened frozen tubes of food to the store where purchased for a full refund," Bravo! said. "Pet owners should dispose of opened tubes of product in a safe manner (example, a securely covered trash receptacle) and return the washed plastic batch ID tag to the store where purchased for a full refund."
Pets infected with Salmonella may exhibit decreased appetite, fever, abdominal pain, lethargy, diarrhea and vomiting.
People who handle Salmonella-tainted food and who do not thoroughly wash their hands afterward may develop diarrhea, abdominal pain and cramps and fever. In rare cases, the elderly or people with weakened immune systems can die from a Salmonella infection.