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Carnivore Meat Company, LLC, a Green Bay, Wisconsin, based pet food manufacturer, has issued a voluntary recall of select products and lots of Carnivore Vital Essentials Frozen Beef Tripe Patties and Nibblets because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeriamonocytogenes.

The lots involved in this voluntary recall are:

Vital Essentials Frozen Beef Tripe Patties, UPC 33211 00809, Lot # 10930, Best by date 20160210

Vital Essentials Frozen Beef Tripe Nibblets, UPC 33211 00904, Lot # 10719, Best by date 12022015

The "Best By" date code and lot # is located on the back of the package. The affected product was distributed in WA, CA, TX, GA, IL, CO, NM, FL, PA, RI, OH, and VT.

The FDA has reported that an independent lab detected the bacteria in samples during a recent review. The company has received no reports of human illness related to these products.

Listeria can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms, such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea. Listeria infection can also cause miscarriages and stillbirths in pregnant women.

Animals that are ill with Listeria will display symptoms similar to those seen in humans.

People who have concerns about whether their pet has symptoms associated with Listeria infection should contact their veterinarian.

If you are a consumer and have purchased a bag of Vital Essentials Frozen Beef Tripe Patties with the "Best By" date code of 20160210, or a bag of Frozen Beef Tripe Nibblets with a "Best By" date code of 12022015, the manufacturer asks that you please call 920-370-6542 Monday-Friday 9:00AM-4:00PM CST to have someone assist you in obtaining a replacement or full refund from your local retailer for your original purchase.

If your package has been opened, dispose of the raw food in a safe manner by securing it in a covered trash receptacle.

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