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Published On: Sat, Mar 9th, 2013

Utah company, Steve’s Real Food, recalls Turducken Patties due to salmonella risk

Murray, Utah raw pet food company, Steve’s Real Food, has issued a recall of  its 5 lb. bags of “Turducken Canine Diet – 8oz. Patties due to potential contamination of Salmonella after learning that one of the Turducken patties produced in lot number B209 tested positive for Salmonella by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, according to a company product announcement Thursday.

Steve’s Real Food Turducken Patties Image/FDA

Steve’s Real Food Turducken Patties
Image/FDA

The affected product comes in 5 lb. green and cream colored biodegradable film bags with lot number 209-10-27-13 with an expiration date of October 27, 2013.

This recall affects less than 200 five pound bags which represents a small fraction of the food distributed.

The affected product  was distributed from October 2012 to January 2013 in retail stores in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, New York , California, Minnesota and Tennessee, according to the FDA.

The company stated, “At Steve’s Real Food we are accountable for every pound of food that we produce.  We are committed to providing the healthiest diets for you pets using the highest quality ingredients and strict manufacturing safety practices which do not compromise the nutrition of the finished product.”

Salmonella is a pathogen to both humans and animals. There is a risk for humans handling the contaminated dog food if poor hand washing techniques are not performed or surfaces in contact with the dog food are not properly cleaned.

In humans, Salmonella can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain.

In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.

Pets, including dogs, with Salmonella can become lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever and vomiting. The clinical features of canine salmonellosis vary on strain, amount ingested and dog host factors.

Many dogs however are asymptomatic carriers of the bacteria and may shed Salmonella for up to 100 days after being infected. This can become a risk for family members and anyone with confirmed salmonellosis without a known risk of exposure, the family pet should be tested regardless of symptoms.

Consumers who have purchased 5 lb. bags of Steve’s Real Food Turducken Canine Recipe are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions should contact the company at 801-540-8481 or [email protected] Monday through Friday from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm MST.

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