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RECALL: Big Dog Natural dog food recalled

Posted at 2:46 PM, Jan 05, 2016

Big Dog Natural is recalling a batch of dog food because of it was contaminated with Salmonella and Listeria, the FDA says.

According to the FDA, Big Dog Natural's Chicken Supreme and Fish Supreme flavors were contaminated sometime between Oct. 31, 2015 and Nov. 13, 2015 and were shipped to online customers. 

Salmonella and Listeria can affect animals 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, the FDA says.

The FDA says people exposed to Salmonella and Listeria can experience nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. Rarely, Salmonella and Listeria 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 this product should contact their healthcare providers.

Pets with Salmonella and Listeria infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting, the FDA says. 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 product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.

These products were sold directly to consumers through the company’s online website and in the US, the FDA says. The voluntarily recalled product include all weight volumes of the Big Dog Natural Chicken and Fish Supreme. No additional products are affected by this recall.

Big Dog Natural became aware of a potential issue after receiving notification from the FDA that an investigational sample of Chicken Supreme tested positive for Salmonella and an investigational sample of Fish Supreme for Listeria monocytogenes.

Consumers should discontinue feeding the affected product and monitor their pet's health, and contact their veterinarian if they have concerns. Consumers who purchased the product can obtain a full refund or exchange by returning the product in its original packaging.

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Consumers with questions should contact Big Dog Natural https://www.bigdognatural.com or by calling 1-732-785-2600 (from 9am till 4pm EST).