The FDA issued a press release on March 13, 2013, announcing the voluntary recall of Bravo! Chicken Blend, a frozen raw diet for cats and dogs. There is a possibility that the 2 lb. tubes contain Salmonella. The affected tubes are product code: 21-102 and the batch ID code is 6 14 12. The tubes that are being recalled were made on June 14, 2012.
The press release states that a third party independent laboratory tested this product before it was released to the public and it tested negative. Routine testing done by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture tested a single tube and it tested positive for Salmonella.
More pet owners are starting to lean towards raw diets for their pets and believe it to be healthier. The Bravo! Website offers full information about their products and the safe handling of the frozen food along with its many benefits. The site also states that they do not subcontract production of any of their ingredients.
Bravo! Chicken Blend frozen tubes can be purchased nationwide. It is sold in retail stores and even on the internet. Consumers should be aware that they are purchasing a raw chicken product and everyone knows that you have to be exceptionally careful handling raw chicken, whether for your own consumption or your pet’s.
The FDA warns that stores should stop selling this particular batch of Chicken Blend and consumers should not feed it to their pets. Pet owners can return unopened tubes to the store it was purchased at to get a refund. If the tube is opened, dispose of it in a safe way so that no animals can find it. To get a refund on an opened tube, thoroughly wash the batch ID tag and return it to the store.
With so many recalls on pet food, it is wise for consumers to monitor the FDA recall list or sign up for email alerts. A quick email notice could save you and your pet from becoming ill or worse.
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