Category Archives: Pet Food Testing

UK – FSA welcomes UK ban on all feeder rodent imports from Lithuania used as pet food -Salmonella


The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has welcomed the ban after a link was confirmed between a Salmonella outbreak in people and feeder rodents used for reptile food originating from a premises in Lithuania.

The ban, imposed until further notice by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs comes after a joint investigation by UKHSA, FSA, DEFRA and APHA into an outbreak of salmonella affecting over 900 people in the UK. The FSA and partners are continuing to urge people to be extra careful when handling any frozen rodents including mice product and packaging due to the risk of salmonella.

People should be extra vigilant, washing hands thoroughly with soap and water immediately after contact, when handling not just the product, but their reptiles and associated equipment and environment, due to the risk of the illness.

Further general advice on reducing the risk of contracting Salmonella (Opens in a new window) (Opens in a new window)is available online.

Tina Potter, Head of Incidents at the Food Standards Agency said:

“As we have continued to see a rise in the number of cases of Salmonella Enteritidis linked to feeder rodents imported from Lithuania over the past number of months, we welcome Defra’s move to ban these products from being imported and sold across the UK.

Even though this ban has been introduced to ensure public health is protected, we cannot emphasise enough the importance of good hygiene practice when handling raw or frozen pet food, as well as the reptile itself”

The feed should be suitably stored, ideally in a dedicated storage compartment or freezer, not in contact with human food and it should always be defrosted naturally at room temperature on newspaper or paper towels away from human food and food preparation surfaces. Any surfaces and equipment used should be thoroughly disinfected.

Handlers and pet owners must always wash their hands thoroughly with soap and warm water immediately after handling the frozen and defrosted feed and handling your reptile and their equipment.”

Advice to reptile owners about feeding their pets

Snake owners and others using frozen mice as food may have concerns about maintaining their animal’s welfare, as the import ban may cause short term shortages. There should be sufficient mice to maintain animal welfare for all snakes and other animals, including birds that need to be fed mice, if owners adapt their current feeding routines. Detailed advice for reptile owners (Opens in a new window) (Opens in a new window)will be published online.

Advice to parents and guardians of children handling reptiles

Children have been particularly affected so we are urging parents and guardians to make sure everyone washes their hands thoroughly with warm soapy water every time they handle and feed mice to their pets and handle their reptiles to reduce risk of becoming ill with Salmonella. Both the vivarium and the areas reptiles are able to roam could be contaminated with Salmonella. Good hygiene should be observed.

If you, or other family members become ill with symptoms such as diarrhoea, abdominal pain and fever, consult your doctor or NHS 111 and inform them that you own/keep a reptile. If you have symptoms, make sure you wash your hands regularly and avoid preparing food for others. Do not go to work or school until 48 hours after symptoms have passed to reduce the chances of passing on the infection.

UK – Dogs Choice UK recalls frozen raw dog foods because of the presence of Salmonella


Dogs Choice UK is recalling a number of frozen raw dog foods because Salmonella has been found in the products.

Product details

Frozen Chicken and Beef
Pack size 500g
Batch code 080222+2
Best before 08 August 2022
Frozen Chicken and Beef Ready Meal
Pack size 500g
Batch code 080222+2
Best before 08 August 2022
Frozen Chicken Liver
Pack size 500g
Batch code 080222+2
Best before 08 August 2022

Risk statement

The presence of Salmonella in the products listed above. Salmonella is a bacterium that can cause illness in humans and animals. The product could therefore carry a potential risk, because of the presence of Salmonella, either through direct handling of the pet food, or indirectly, for example from pet feeding bowls, utensils or contact with the faeces of animals. In humans, symptoms caused by Salmonella usually include fever, diarrhoea and abdominal cramps. Infected animals may not necessarily display signs of illness, but symptoms can include diarrhoea.

Action taken by the company

Dogs Choice UK is recalling the above products. Point of sale notices will be displayed in the retail stores that sold these products. The notices explain to customers why the products are being recalled and tell them what to do if they have bought the product.

Our advice to consumers

RASFF Alert – Animal Feed – Enterobacteriaceae – Dog Chews


Enterobacteriaceae in dog chews from the Netherlands in Belgium

USA – Massachusetts cases of Salmonella linked to dog treats


BOSTON — The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) is advising consumers who have any Dog Gone Dog Treats to dispose of them. There have been three cases of salmonellosis (infection with the Salmonella bacteria) linked to individuals handling these dog treats. The cases include two adults in their 70s and a child; all are residents of Essex County. One open bag from a customer and several unopened bags purchased last week all tested positive for Salmonella at the State Public Health Laboratory.

Dog Gone Dog Treats are made in Georgetown, include “chicken chips” and beef liver and sweet potato chips, and are sold at Essex County Co-Op in Topsfield, New England Dog Biscuit Company in Salem, Gimme Chews & Moore in Haverhill, and Animal Krackers in Gloucester. These treats are dehydrated and are not fully cooked.

All stores have been ordered to remove any existing product from their shelves and no additional product is currently being made. People get Salmonella if they eat or handle food that has been contaminated with the bacteria and the food has not been properly handled, prepared, or cooked. Salmonella is common in uncooked food products from animals, such as eggs, poultry, and unpasteurized milk. People who get the germs on their hands can infect themselves by eating, smoking, or touching their mouths. They can also spread the germs to anyone or anything they touch, including food.

Most people with an infection will have diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps that can last up to a week; severe disease is possible but uncommon. Although treatment is not always necessary, people who have weakened immune systems, very young children, adults over 65, and those experiencing severe symptoms should talk to their healthcare providers about treatment. Individuals should consult with their healthcare provider if they have symptoms after contact with the dog treats or an animal that has eaten the dog treats.

Dogs that become ill from Salmonella infection may experience diarrhea that can contain blood or mucus, may seem more tired than usual, and may have a fever or vomit. It is also possible for dogs to have Salmonella infection and not appear sick. Those concerned that their dogs may have become ill after eating the treats should consult their veterinarians.

The best way to prevent Salmonella infection from pet food or treats is to:

  • Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water right after handling pet food or treats or having contact with animal feces (stool), especially before preparing, serving, or eating foods or drinks, or before preparing baby bottles.
  • Store pet food and treats away from where human food is stored or prepared, and away from young children.
  • Children under 5 should not touch or eat pet food or treats.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces that the pet treats may have touched. Salmonella can survive several weeks in dry environments.
  • Don’t let your dog lick your mouth and face after eating. If you do, wash your hands and any other parts of your body they may have licked with soap and water.
  • The CDC does not recommend feeding raw diets to pets as they have been found to contain germs, including Salmonella, that can make pets and humans sick.

RASFF Alert – Animal Feed – Enterobacteriaceae


Enterobacteriaceae in dog chews from Poland in France and Belgium

RASFF Alerts – Animal Feed -Salmonella – Sunflower Seed Cake – Rapeseed Meal – Rabbit Meal


Salmonella Senftenberg in sunflower seed cake from Croatia in Poland, Belgium and the Netherlands


Salmonella Livingstone in rapeseed meal from Germany in Switzerland


Salmonella in rabbit meal from the Netherlands in the Czech Republic and Austria

RASFF Alerts – Animal Feed – Salmonella – Feeder Mice – Rapeseed Extraction Meal


Salmonella spp. in rapeseed extraction meal from Germany in the Netherlands


Salmonella detected in Feeder Mice from Lithuania in the UK, Poland and Netherlands

RASFF Alert – Animal Feed – Enterobacteriaceae –


Too high count of Enterobacteriaceae (> 30000 CFU/g) in dog chew products from Belgium in France, Germany and the Netherlands

RASFF Alerts – Animal Feed – Salmonella – Pet Food – Chicken Meat Cat3


Salmonella infantis in frozen chicken meat cat 3 from Netherlands in Italy


Salmonella brandenburg in petfood from France in Belgium

Belgium – Recall of Kivo Petfood BV – Salmonella


Recall of Kivo Petfood BV
Product: “Kivo Kip Compleet”, “Kivo Kip-Vis Compleet” & “Kivo Pens-Kip mix” (frozen products) pet food of the Kivo Petfood BV brand.
Problem: possible presence of Salmonella Typhimurium in raw animal feed.

In agreement with the AFSCA, Kivo Petfood BV is withdrawing the products “kip compleet”, “kip-vis compleet” & “pens-kip mix” from sale and is recalling them to consumers due to the possible presence of salmonella.

Kivo Petfood BV asks its customers not to use these products and to return it to the point of sale where they were purchased for reimbursement.

Product description:

– Product names: kip compleet, kip-vis compleet & pens-kip mix (frozen products)
– Brand: Kivo Petfood BV
– Kivo Kip Compleet Batch number 210917, “darmcode” 250624
– Kivo Kip- Vis Compleet Lot number 210917, ”darmcode” 20210101002
– Kivo Pens-Kip mix Lot number 210917, “darmcode” 260721
– Date of minimum durability (DDM): 03-2023
– Sale period: from 17-09-2021 to 01- 10-2021
– Weight: 500g & 1000g

The products were distributed by 4dogs and cats (Genkersteenweg 80B, 3500 Hasselt).

For any further information , contact:

Customer Service Kivo Petfood BV on +31 (0) 40 – 253 03 66