Category Archives: Pet Food Testing

RASFF Alert – Enterobacteriaceae – Dog Chews


High content of Enterobactericeae in dog chews from India in the Netherlands and Germany

RASFF Alerts – Animal Feed – Salmonella – Chickens for Feed – Raw Pet Food


Salmonella in raw pet food from the Netherlands in Belgium


Salmonella in chickens for animal feed from Denmark in the Netherlands

USA – Two pet food companies warned after Salmonella and Listeria found in finished products

Food Safety News

As part of its enforcement activities, the Food and Drug Administration sends warning letters to entities under its jurisdiction. Some letters are not posted for public view until weeks or months after they are sent. Business owners have 15 days to respond to FDA warning letters. Warning letters often are not issued until a company has been given months to years to correct problems.

Primal Pet Foods
Fairfield, CA

An animal food firm in California is on notice from the FDA for serious violations of the FDA’s Current Good Manufacturing Practice, Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Food for Animals regulation, including Listeria found in the finished product. Pathogens in pet food can make people as well as pets sick.

Arrow Reliance Inc.
Tukwila, WA

An animal food firm in Washington is on notice from the FDA for not being in compliance with FDA regulations due to adulterated animal food, including finished products with Salmonella. Pathogens in pet food can make people as well as pets sick.

RASFF Alert – Animal Feed – Enterobacteriaceae – Dog Chews


High content of Enterobactericeae in dog chews from India in Germany and the Netherlands

RASFF Alerts – Animal Feed – Salmonella – Dog Treats – Rapeseed Extraction


Salmonella enterica ser. Derby in horse meal from the Netherlands, used to produce dog treats from Belgium in the Netherlands and Germany


Salmonella spp. in rapeseed extraction meal from Germany in Denmark

USA – FDA warns Darwin’s in follow-up to sick cat complaint – Salmonella


The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a stern warning to Arrow Reliance Inc. (doing business as Darwin’s Natural Pet Products), following what the agency referred to as an “inadequate” response to violations of the Food Drug and Cosmetics Act (FD&C Act) documented during an August-September 2022 inspection.

The inspection was carried out in response to a consumer complaint received by the FDA, in which the consumer reported that a Darwin’s cat food had caused illness in three kittens. The consumer provided documentation that a stool sample from one of the kittens tested positive for Salmonella.

Research – Isolation of Salmonella species of public health concern from commonly fed dried meat dog treats

BVA Journals



Dried non-heat-treated meat treats, such as ears, skin and tails, are popular supplementary dog foods. Previous studies have demonstrated Salmonella spp. contamination on treats, particularly in pig ears and chicken products. This small, exploratory, cross-sectional study investigated Salmonella spp. presence in dried treats available in the UK.


A selection of dried treats from local pet shops and online retailers underwent bacterial culture for Salmonella spp. and subsequent antimicrobial susceptibility testing, with Salmonella serotype determined by whole genome sequencing.


Eighty-four samples were tested, with 16% being Salmonella spp. positive. Five Salmonella serotypes were identified, each associated with specific treat types. An antimicrobial-resistant phenotype was identified in 39% of isolates. All serotypes identified are known to cause human infection.


This study was limited by a small sample size and limited number of retail sources.


Salmonella spp. of public health concern were present in some dried dog treats in this study. Dog owners, pet food retailers and veterinary professionals should be aware of the potential zoonotic disease risk associated with these treats, and appropriate hygiene measures, including thorough hand washing, should be utilised if they are fed.

RASFF Alerts – Animal Feed – Salmonella – Fishmeal – Pigs Ear Dog Chews – Soya Cake – Permeate Powder – Post Extraction Sunflower Meal – Poultry Feed


Salmonella in fishmeal from Germany in Belgium


Salmonella in pig’s ears for dog chew in Sweden and Norway


Salmonella in organic soya cake from Denmark in Sweden


Salmonella in Permeate powder from the Netherlands in Belgium


Salmonella in post-extraction sunflower meal from Ukraine in Poland


Salmonella Typhimurium in feed for poultry from Belgium in France and Guinea

Korea – Approximately 10% of plated pet food exceeds microbiological standards

Korea IT Times

Food poisoning bacteria such as Salmonella and pathogenic Escherichia coli were also detected in some pet foods.
According to the Korea Food Communication Forum (KOFRUM) on the 25th, a research team from the Gwangju City Research Institute of Health and Environment investigated the degree of microbial contamination and the use of food additives in 130 pet food and snacks distributed in Gwangju from March to August 2021, and this was revealed. .

The results of this study investigation of microbial contamination and food additive use of pet food and snacks distributed in the Gwangju area were published in the latest issue of the Journal of the Korean Society of Livestock Hygiene.

출처 : Korea IT Times(

Research – UK to tackle Salmonella risks in raw pet food

Pet Food Processing

The UK Food Safety Research Network, hosted by Quadram Institute, announced that six food safety projects will receive between £30,000 to £62,000 (roughly $36,544 USD to $73,089 USD) in funds. One of the projects aims to improve food safety of raw pet food formulas.

All six projects involve academic researchers collaborating with commercial companies and/or government agencies within the human and pet food sectors to establish solutions to common food safety issues.

The raw pet food project involves using bacteriophages to help decrease Salmonella contamination in raw pet food products. According to the Quadram Institute, raw pet foods are growing in popularity throughout the United Kingdom as pet parents seek non-processed diets to improve their pets’ health. However, raw pet foods can carry higher risk of contamination compared to their cooked counterparts.