Category Archives: raw pet food

Research – Exploring food safety perceptions and self-reported practices of pet owners, providing raw meat-based diets to pets.

Journal of Food Protection

The growing popularity of raw meat-based diets for pets is accompanied by an increasing concern regarding possible health implications of this practice to pet owners, due to the storage and preparation of raw meat. This study aimed to explore pet owners’ knowledge and perceptions about safety of raw meat-based feeding and determine self-reported food safety practices during raw meat-based pet food preparation. An online questionnaire was distributed via social media platforms was completed by pet owners practicing raw meat-based feeding ( n =174). Almost all participants (95%) reported confidence that their pets’ raw meat-based food is safe. Two thirds of respondents (67%) reported to have researched food safety information, regarding raw meat-based feeding, however only 8% asked a veterinarian for food safety advice. Respondents were aware of pathogens that may be present in raw meat-based diets, and of food safety practices, however, they did not report implementation of appropriate food safety practices consistently. Malpractices, such as rinsing raw meat (27%) and lack of segregation (52%) were reported. The risk of foodborne illness to pet owners associated with raw meat-based feeding was perceived to be ‘low’ by 89% of pet owners. Participants perceived low susceptibility to foodborne illness, but high self-efficacy, which may be an indication of ‘optimistic bias’. This study has identified the need for increasing pet owners’ awareness of the possible risks associated with raw meat-based feeding to human health. The provision of comprehensive food safety information, intended to target the perceptions of pet owners identified in this study, is needed to improve pet owners’ food safety practices, to reduce the potential food safety risks associated with raw meat preparation and storage in the domestic environment.

RASFF Alerts – Animal Feed – Salmonella -Rapeseed Cake – Dog Chews – Raw Pet Food

European Food Alerts

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Salmonella (present /15g) in dog chews from Poland in Germany

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Salmonella enterica ser. Agona (presence /25g) in rapeseed cake from Belgium in Belgium

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Salmonella group B in dog chews from Germany in Germany

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Salmonella enterica ser. Infantis (presence /25g) in frozen raw pet food from Germany in Belgium

UK – Happy Hounds Wales Ltd recalls frozen raw dog food products because of the possible presence of Salmonella

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Happy Hounds Wales Ltd is taking the precautionary step of recalling a number of raw dog food products because they may contain salmonella.

Product details

Frozen Beef Kidney
Pack size 1kg
Batch code 962
Best before 26 October 2021
Frozen Whole Heart
Pack size Individual Item
Batch code 962
Best before 26 October 2021
Frozen Chicken and Beef Sleeve
Pack size 1kg
Batch code 1344/962
Best before 2 November 2021
Frozen Lamb and Beef Sleeve
Pack size 1kg
Batch code 962-966
Best before 4 November 2021
Frozen Diced Heart
Pack size 1.5kg
Batch code 962
Best before 26 October 2021

Risk statement

The products listed above may contain salmonella. 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

Happy Hounds Wales Ltd is recalling the above products on a precautionary basis. Point of sale notices will be displayed in all retail stores that are selling these products. These 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

(pet owners): If you have bought any of the above products do not use them. Instead, return them to the store from where they were bought for a full refund. When handling and serving raw pet food it is always advised to clean utensils and feeding bowls thoroughly after use. Consumers should wash hands thoroughly after handling raw pet food, bowls, utensils or after contact with the faeces of animals. Raw pet food should be stored separately from any food (especially ready to eat foods). Care should be taken when defrosting to avoid cross contamination of foods and surfaces.

RASFF Alerts – Animal Feed – Salmonella – Rapeseed Meal – Raw Cat Food – Dog Chews – Potato Pulp

European Food Alerts

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Salmonella (presence /25g) in rapeseed meal from Germany in Germany

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Salmonella enterica ser. Infantis (in 1 out of 5 samples /25g) in raw cat food from the Netherlands in Belgium

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Salmonella (presence /25g) in dog chews from India in Sweden

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Salmonella (presence /25g) in potato pulp from Germany in Germany

UK – Benyfit Natural Pet Food recalls various brands of raw dog food products containing beef due to the possible presence of salmonella

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Benyfit Natural Pet Food Ltd has taken the precautionary step of recalling several types of frozen raw dog food products containing beef because the products might contain salmonella. These products have been sold by various independent pet food stores and online.

Product details

Benyfit Natural 80-10-10 Beef Meat Feast

Pack size 1kg
Batch code 046-076
Best before 16 March 2021
Batch code 046-083
Best before 23 March 2021
Batch code 046-093
Best before 2 April 2021
Batch code 046-100
Best before 9 April 2021
Benyfit Natural 80-10-10 Beef Meat Feast

Pack size 500g
Batch code 047-076
Best before 16 March 2021
Batch code 047-083
Best before 23 March 2021
Batch code 047-093
Best before 2 April 2021
Batch code 047-100
Best before 9 April 2021
Unique Raw Duck, Beef & Ox Recipe

Pack size 1kg
Batch code 710-077
Best before 17 March 2021
Batch code 710-099
Best before 8 April 2021
Benyfit Natural Beef & Tripe

Pack size 1kg
Batch code 013-077
Best before 17 March 2021
Batch code 013-085
Best before 25 March 2021
Batch code 013-093
Best before 2 April 2021
Batch code 013-100
Best before 9 April 2021
Benyfit Natural Beef & Tripe

Pack size 500g
Batch code 014-077
Best before 17 March 2021
Batch code 014-086
Best before 25 March 2021
Batch code 014-093
Best before 2 April 2021
Batch code 014-100
Best before 9 April 2021
Benyfit Natural Succulent Beef

Pack size 1kg
Batch code 010-083
Best before 23 March 2021
Batch code 010-087
Best before 27 March 2021
Batch code 010-090
Best before 30 March 2021
Batch code 010-100
Best before 9 April 2021
Benyfit Natural Succulent Beef

Pack size 500g
Batch code 011-083
Best before 23 March 2021
Batch code 011-090
Best before 30 March 2021
Batch code 011-100
Best before 9 April 2021
Embark on Raw Natural Working Dog Food Beef Complete

Pack size 454g
Batch code 203-078
Best before 18 March 2021
Batch code 203-090
Best before 30 March 2021
Batch code 203-097
Best before 6 April 2021
Neew Dog Premium Beef

Pack size 1kg
Batch code 405-079
Best before 19 March 2021
Batch code 405-090
Best before 30 March 2021
Batch code 405-099
Best before 8 April 2021
Neew Dog Premium Beef

Pack size 500g
Batch code 406-090
Best before 30 March 2021
Batch code 406-097
Best before 6 April 2021
Unique Raw Chicken, Beef & Ox Recipe

Pack size 1kg
Batch code 707-098
Best before 7 April 2021

Risk statement

The products listed above might be contaminated with salmonella. Salmonella is a bacterium that can cause illness in humans and animals. The products 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

Benyfit Natural Pet Food Ltd is recalling the above products. Customers who bought the affected products online have been contacted. Point of sale notices will be displayed in all retail stores that are selling these products. These notices explain to customers why the products are being recalled and tell them what to do if they have bought the product. Please see the attached notices.

Our advice to consumers

Pet owners: If you have bought any of the above products do not use them. Instead, return them to the store from where they were bought for a full refund. When handling and serving raw pet food it is always advised to clean utensils and feeding bowls thoroughly after use. Consumers should wash hands thoroughly after handling raw pet food, bowls, utensils or after contact with the faeces of animals. Raw pet food should be stored separately from any food (especially ready to eat foods). Care should be taken when defrosting to avoid cross contamination of foods and surfaces.

Research – Risk of Foodborne Illness from Pet Food: Assessing Pet Owners’ Knowledge, Behavior, and Risk Perception

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Pet food has been identified as a source of pathogenic bacteria, including Salmonella and Escherichia coli. A recent outbreak linked to Salmonella -contaminated pet treats infected over 150 people in the United States. The mechanism by which contaminated pet food leads to human illness has not been explicated. Pet owners’ food safety knowledge and their pet food handling practices have not been reported. This study evaluated pet owners’ food safety knowledge and pet-food handling practices through an online consumer survey. The survey consists of 62 questions and assesses (1) owners’ food safety knowledge and pet-food handling practices; (2) owners’ interaction with pets; (3) owners’ risk perception related to their own health, their children’s health, and their pets’ health. The survey was pilot-tested among 59 pet owners before distribution to a national consumer panel, managed by Qualtrics XM. All participants (n=1,040) were dog and/or cat owners in the United States. Almost all pet owners interacted with their pets (93%) and most cuddled, allowed their pets to lick them, and slept with their pets. Less than one-third of pet owners washed their hands with soap after interacting with their pets. Over half (58%) the owners reported washing their hands after feeding their pets. Most pet owners fed their pets dry pet food and dry pet treats. Some fed their pets raw meat or raw animal product (RAP) diets because they believed these diets to be beneficial to their pet’s overall health. Many owners (78%) were unaware of pet food recalls or outbreaks associated with foodborne pathogens. Less than 25% considered dry pet foods and treats as a potential source of foodborne pathogens. The findings of this study indicated the need for consumer education about pet food handling. The data collected can assist in developing more accurate risk assessment models and consumer education related to pet food handling.

RASFF Alert – Animal Feed – Enterobacteriaceae – Frozen Raw Pet Food

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RASFF – too high count of Enterobacteriaceae (between 3600 and 8400 CFU/g) in frozen raw pet food from Austria in Slovenia

USA – Raw pet food blamed for human E. coli outbreak

Food Safety News

Public health officials continue to investigate an E. coli outbreak linked to raw pet food sold under the Carnivora brand.

Of four sick people identified so far, all had the same strain of E. coli O157 infection and all had been exposed to the raw pet food for dogs who had been fed it, according to an outbreak notice posted by Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC).

Riveriene Farm Ltd. operating as Carnivora Pet Foods of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, recalled six varieties of the Carnivora brand raw food. All were manufactured in Canada and widely distributed, possibly nationwide, according to a recall notice posted by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA).

“The individuals became sick between early March and mid-May 2020. Two individuals have been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported. Individuals who became ill are between 3 and 43 years of age,” the outbreak notice states.

Canada – Carnivora frozen pet food patties recalled over E. coli concerns

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TORONTO — Health Canada has recalled Carnivora Fresh Frozen Patties for Dogs and Cats due to a possible E. coli contamination that could be spread after handling the pet food.

The recall affects six varieties of the Carnivora brand raw pet food sold between January 13, 2020 to June, 2020. Approximately 1,803 units of the affected product were in Canada.

Health Canada says the recalled pet food may be contaminated with E. coli and consumer are at risk of cross contamination and illness after handling the pet food.

USA – FDA to hold imports of pig ear pet treats -Salmonella

Pet Food Processing

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an import alert for some pet treats, saying it will detain, “without physical examination,” pig ear dog chews or other pig ear pet treats that are suspected of containing Salmonella.

“The purpose of this is so that the Agency will have confidence that future shipments/entries will be in compliance with the Federal Food Drug and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act),” the agency stated.