Category Archives: raw pet food

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.

Research – Salmonella rising in British raw meat pet food

Pet Food Industry

The occurrence of Salmonella in raw pet food seems to be rising in Great Britain. Raw meat pet food had the highest number of Salmonella contaminated samples of all the feeds tested by the UK’s Animal and Plant Health Agency scientists. The agency report “Salmonella in Animals and Feed in Great Britain 2021” documented an upward trend.

In 2021, the agency’s laboratories isolated 295 instances of Salmonella from raw pet food available on the British market. That’s up 8.1% from 2020’s 273 isolations, and 20.4% higher than 2019 with 245 isolations.

Some of these Salmonella bacteria were from strains with resistance to drugs used to fight infection. These potentially dangerous pathogens were found in 71 of the samples taken in 2021. These made up 57.3% of the total regulated varieties of Salmonella found by the Animal and Plant Health Agency in 2021 among all feeds and locations tested. The proportion of drug-resistant Salmonella in British raw meat pet food didn’t increase much over 2020, but did show an upward tendency compared to 2019.

“Contaminated raw meat pet food, which does not undergo any heat treatment to deactivate pathogens, may therefore represent a potential source of infection to both the dogs consuming it and people who handle it, especially if insufficient hygiene measures are adopted,” the report authors wrote.

RASFF Alerts – Animal Feed – Salmonella – Raw Pet Food – Whole Egg Powder


Enterobacertiaceae and Salmonella spp. in raw pet food for fish from Thailand in Germany


Salmonella spp. in whole egg powder, processed into pet- food from Germany in Switzerland and Austria

USA – Raw pet food company sues to block FDA public health alert


Arrow Reliance Inc. (d.b.a. Darwin’s Natural Pet Products) has filed suit in US federal court in an attempt to prevent the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) from issuing a Public Health Alert about possible Salmonella contamination in a cat food product.

Darwin’s, which is based in Tukwila, Washington, filed the their request for a temporary restraining order on July 29, 2022, in the US District Court, Western District of Washington (Case 2:22-cv-01057).

The lawsuit contends that the FDA “wrongfully” threatened to issue the Public Health Alert if the company refused to issue a recall of its adult cat food.

The FDA’s request for a product recall apparently arose after kittens tested positive for Salmonella.

USA – Stormberg Foods LLC Recalls Chicken Strips and Chicken Crisps Products for Dogs Due to Possible Salmonella Contamination


Labeling, Billo’s Best Friend, chicken breast strips, front of package Green Coast Pet, chicken strips, front of package

Beg & Barker, chicken breast strips, front of package Labeling, Beg & Barker, chicken breast strips, back of package


Company Announcement Date:
FDA Publish Date:
Product Type:
Animal & Veterinary
Reason for Announcement:
Company Name:
Stormberg Foods
Brand Name:
Beg & Barker, Billo’s Best Friend, and Green Coast Pets
Product Description:
Chicken dog treats

Company Announcement

Stormberg Foods is recalling various sizes and batches of our Beg & Barker Chicken Breast Strips Dog Treat, Billo’s Best Friend Chicken Breast Strips Dog Treat, and Green Coast Pets Chicken Crisps Dog Treat products due to a potential contamination of Salmonella. On July 6, 2022, the firm was notified by the North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services (NCDA & CS) that a sample they collected tested positive for Salmonella spp.

Salmonella can affect pets eating the products and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products or any surfaces exposed to these products.

Healthy people infected with Salmonella should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. Rarely, Salmonella can result in more serious ailments, including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms. Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with these products should contact their healthcare providers.

Pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Some pets will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled products and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.

Stormberg Foods and NCDA & CS are continuing their investigation into the cause of the problem.

No illnesses have been reported to date.

Products affected are:

Product Size UPC Batch No. Exp Dates
Beg & Barker Chicken Breast Strips 1 oz 8 50025 54628 7 All batch numbers 06/06/23 to 06/23/23
Beg & Barker Chicken Breast Strips 4 oz 8 50025 54611 9 All batch numbers 06/06/23 to 06/23/23
Beg & Barker Chicken Breast Strips 10 oz 8 50025 54610 2 All batch numbers 06/06/23 to 06/23/23
Billo’s Best Friend Chicken Breast Strips 4 oz 8 50025 54682 9 All batch numbers 06/06/23 to 06/23/23
Green Coast Pets Chicken Crisps 4 oz 8 60001 92832 7 All batch numbers 06/06/23 to 06/23/23
Green Coast Pets Chicken Crisps 8 oz 8 60001 92833 4 All batch numbers 06/06/23 to 06/23/23

See product images for verification of products being recalled. Coding information may be found on the back of each package to the left or right of the UPC code.

The products were distributed between June 8, 2022 and June 22, 2022. These products were packaged in branded plastic bags in carboard master cases and shipped primarily to warehouses located in CA, MN, NC and RI. Products are then shipped nationwide to retail facilities and consumers via the internet.

Consumers who have purchased these products and/or have pets who have become ill are urged to notify immediately with all product information for return or proper disposal information. Consumers with questions may contact the customer services department via (919) 947-6011, Monday – Saturday 3:00am – 9:00 pm EST or email 24h/day.

This recall is being made with the knowledge of the Food and Drug Administration.

Company Contact Information

Customer Services
 (919) 947-6011
Emma Slabbert
 (919) 947-6011

USA – Primal Pet Foods Voluntary Recalls a Single Lot of Raw Frozen Patties Beef Formula Due to Potential Contamination with Listeria Monocytogenes


Package Front: PRIMAL PATTIES FOR DOGS, BEEF FORMULA, 6 LB., RAW Package Back:  PRIMAL PET FOODS INC., Ingredient Statement with Location of Best By Date


Company Announcement Date:
FDA Publish Date:
Product Type:
Animal & Veterinary
Pet Food
Reason for Announcement:
Potential Listeria monocytogenes
Company Name:
Primal Pet Foods Inc.
Brand Name:
Primal Pet Foods Inc.
Product Description:
Raw Frozen Primal Patties for Dogs Beef Formula

Company Announcement

FAIRFIELD, California, July 6, 2022 – Primal Pet Foods is voluntarily recalling a single lot (#W10068709) of Raw Frozen Primal Patties for Dogs Beef Formula (6-pound), with best by date of 05/22/23, due to potential contamination with Listeria monocytogenes.

The company distributed sixty-six cases (396 units) of this single lot of Raw Frozen Primal Patties to Maryland, Georgia, Texas, and British Columbia, in late April 2022. No other lot codes or Primal products are impacted by this announcement.

Primal Pet Foods has received no complaints or reports of illness to pets or humans due to this recalled product.

This voluntary recall is a result of routine sampling by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, which revealed a positive result for Listeria monocytogenes in one sample from one lot of Raw Frozen Primal Patties for Dogs Beef Formula.

Listeria monocytogenes rarely cause illness in dogs, but it is possible. Dogs can have mild symptoms such as diarrhea and vomiting. Even if a dog is not showing symptoms, it can still be a carrier of the bacteria and spread it to humans. If a dog has consumed the recalled product, pet parents are encouraged to consult their veterinarian.

People can become sick by handling contaminated food or touching surfaces that have been exposed to Listeria monocytogenes. Symptoms in humans may include fever, headache, muscle aches, stiff neck, nausea, abdominal pain, diarrhea, confusion, loss of balance and convulsions. Young children, elderly people, pregnant women, and those with weakened immune systems are particularly vulnerable to Listeria monocytogenes infections and symptoms can be more severe. Anyone exhibiting symptoms after handling this product should contact their healthcare provider.

Primal Pet Foods is committed to the quality and safety of its products. The company uses a “test and hold” protocolExternal Link Disclaimer to ensure that all products test negative for harmful bacteria before being released for sale. Primal Pet Foods confirmed that all testing results on this single lot of recalled product were negative for Listeria monocytogenes – both raw materials and finished product – before it left its production facility.

The Raw Frozen Primal Patties are sold in flexible packaging in the freezer at select pet stores. Primal Pet Foods has temperature tracking devices on all shipments of frozen product to ensure storage requirements are met while being transported. This product should be kept frozen until a pet parent is ready to use it.

The lot number and best by date can be found on the lower third of the back of the Raw Frozen Primal Patties package. If a pet parent has product from this single lot (#W10068709) in their possession, they should stop feeding it to their dog and dispose of it immediately. Pet parents are also encouraged to follow all safe handling instructionsExternal Link Disclaimer on Primal packaging and wash their hands and all preparation surfaces after handling any raw product. If pet parents have any questions, they can contact Primal Pet Foods by phone at (800) 742-1312 Monday–Friday, 6:00 a.m. through 4:00 p.m. PST, or by submitting an online requestExternal Link Disclaimer.

This recall is being conducted in cooperation with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Company Contact Information

Primal Pet Foods

Denmark – Salmonella in raw dog food


Vom og Hundemat Danmark is recalling all products from TASTE 100% lamb, as routine inspections in Norway have detected salmonella in one of the raw materials.

Recalled Foods , Published: May 2, 2022

Which feed:
TASTE 100% Lamb sausages
Net weight: 500 grams
Best before date: All dates

Which feed:
KEY 100% Lamb meatballs
Net weight: 560 g.
Best before date: All dates
Sold in:
Pet dealers throughout the country.
Company recalling:
Vom og Hundemat Danmark, Heldagervej 24, 5700 Svendborg
During routine inspections in Norway, it has been possible to detect Salmonella in one of the raw materials for the products.
As this is pet food, there is a risk of infection with salmonella in humans. If you or your animal gets symptoms, contact your own doctor or veterinarian.
Advice for consumers:
The Danish Veterinary and Food Administration advises consumers to deliver the product back to the store where it was purchased or to discard it.

RASFF Alert – Animal Feed – Salmonella – Premix NutriBlend Plus Dry – Raw Dog Food


Salmonella spp. in premix NutriBind Plus Dry from Germany in Belgium


Salmonella Diarizonae in raw dog feed from Norway in Denmark, France, Germany, Lithuania, Norway Sweden, Switzerland and the UK

USA – District Court Orders New Jersey Company to Stop Distribution of Adulterated Pet Food Contaminated with Salmonella


This order is on the back of several recalls from this company for Salmonella

A federal court today ordered a Carneys Point, New Jersey company to stop distributing adulterated pet food in violation of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (FDCA).

In a complaint filed March 15, the United States alleged that Bravo Packing Inc., and its owners and operators, Joseph Merola and Amanda Lloyd, violated the FDCA by distributing adulterated animal food and by causing animal food to become adulterated while held for sale. The complaint alleged that samples collected during U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) inspections of the Bravo facility in July 2019 and April 2021 contained Salmonella, a pathogenic microorganism that can cause the illness known as salmonellosis in both humans and animals. Salmonella can be transferred from animal food to humans through handling of the food, or directly from infected animals to humans. Salmonellosis can cause symptoms such as diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps that last several days in healthy adults. Absent prompt treatment, salmonellosis can cause severe dehydration and even death in infants, young children, the elderly, transplant recipients, pregnant women and individuals with weakened immune systems.

“Animal food manufacturers must ensure that their products are safe,” said Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Brian M. Boynton, head of the Justice Department’s Civil Division. “The department will continue to work closely with the FDA to ensure that pet food is manufactured in compliance with the law.”

“The food we give our pets should be safe for them to eat and safe for people to handle,” said Director Steven Solomon, DVM, MPH of the FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine. “The FDA has taken this action to protect public health because, despite multiple inspections, notifications of violations and recalls, this firm continued to operate under insanitary conditions and produce pet food contaminated with harmful bacteria. We will not tolerate firms that put people or animals at risk and will take enforcement actions when needed.”

The defendants agreed to settle the suit and be bound by a consent decree of permanent injunction. The negotiated consent decree requires, among other things, that the defendants stop receiving, processing, manufacturing, preparing, packing, holding and distributing adulterated pet food until they take specific remedial measures and demonstrate to the FDA that they will comply with federal law.

The government was represented by Trial Attorney Noah T. Katzen of the Civil Division’s Consumer Protection Branch, with the assistance of Tara Boland of the FDA’s Office of Chief Counsel. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey also provided assistance.

Additional information about the Consumer Protection Branch and its enforcement efforts may be found at

UK – Republic of Munchery Ltd recalls pet feed because of the presence of Salmonella


Republic of Munchery Limited is recalling several pet feed products because of the presence of salmonella in one of the ingredients used to manufacture the products listed below.

Product details

Wilsons Cold Pressed Haggis
Pack size 2kg and 10kg
Best before 07 January 2023
Wilsons Cold Pressed Succulent Chicken
Pack size 2kg and 10kg
Best before All dates from 15 December 2022 up to and including 17 February 2023
Wilsons Cold Pressed Grass Fed Lamb
Pack size 2kg and 10kg
Best before All dates from 13 December 2022 up to and including 10 February 2023
Wilsons Cold Pressed Clear Water Salmon
Pack size 2kg and 10kg
Best before All dates from 15 December 2022 up to and including 23 February 2023
Wilsons Cold Pressed Farmhouse Turkey and Duck
Pack size 2kg and 10kg
Best before All dates from 10 December 2022 up to and including 22 February 2023
Wilsons Cold Pressed Highland Venison and Trout
Pack size 2kg and 10kg
Best before All dates from 16 December 2022 up to and including 14 February 2023
Wilsons Cold Pressed Wild White Fish
Pack size 2kg and 10kg
Best before All dates from 14 December 2022 up to and including 2 February 2023
Wilsons Cold Pressed Working Dog Beef
Pack size 15kg
Best before All dates from 13 December 2022 up to and including 23 February 2023
Wilsons Cold Pressed Working Dog Chicken
Pack size 15kg
Best before All dates from 14 December 2022 up to and including 23 February 2023
Wilsons Cold Pressed Working Dog Pork
Pack size 15kg
Best before All dates from 20 December 2022 up to and including 21 February 2023

Risk statement

The presence of salmonella in the products listed above. 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 product, or indirectly, for example from pet feeding bowls, utensils or contact with the faeces of animals.

Action taken by the company

Republic of Munchery Ltd is recalling the above products. Point of sale notices will be displayed in all retail stores that are selling this product. 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

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 or contact Republic of Munchery Ltd for further advice by calling 01250798298 or emailing them at