Columbia River Natural Pet Foods Inc. Issues Recall for Cow Pie Fresh Frozen Meats for Dogs and Cats Due to Possible Listeria monocytogenes Health Risk

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By Kendall Curley    December 06, 2018 at 04:23PM

Company: Columbia River Natural Pet Foods Inc.

Recall Date: 12/05/2018

 

Distributed in Alaska, Oregon and Washington through retail stores and direct delivery.

 

Product: Cow Pie fresh frozen meats for dogs and cats, 2lbs

Comes in purple and white plastic bags

Lot #: 81917

Processed on: August 19, 2017 (Found on an orange sticker)

 

 

Reason for Recall:

Columbia River Natural Pet Foods of Vancouver, WA is voluntarily recalling 933 packages of Cow Pie fresh frozen meats for dogs and cats, produced in August 2017, because it has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenesListeria monocytogenesmay affect animals eating the products and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products, especially if they have not washed their hands after having contact with the products or any surfaces exposed to this product.

 

Listeria monocytogenes can be pathogenic to humans. Listeria monocytogenesis one of the leading causes of human death from foodborne illness. Healthy people infected with Listeria monocytogeness hould monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, aches, fever, and diarrhea. Listeria monocytogenes infections can also spread through the bloodstream to the nervous system (including the brain), resulting in meningitis and other potentially fatal problems. Pregnant women are more susceptible to Listeria infection, which can result in abortion. The young, the elderly, and people with weakened immune systems also are more vulnerable. Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product should contact their healthcare providers.

 

Although uncommon, pets with Listeria monocytogenes infections may display symptoms such as mild to severe diarrhea, anorexia, fever, nervous, muscular and respiratory signs, abortion, depression, shock, and death. Animals that recover may become carriers and serve as potential sources of infection to other animals. In addition to the possibility of becoming sick, such infected animals can shed Listeria monocytogenes through their feces onto their coats and into the home environment and thus serve as sources of infection to humans and other animals in the household. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.

 

The potential for contamination was noted after routine testing by the Washington State Department of Agriculture revealed the presence of Listeria monocytogenes in one package.

 

What to Do:

Consumers who have purchased 2 lbs. packages of Cow Pie, with the affected lot 81917, should discontinue use of the product and may return the unused portion to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-360-834-6854, Monday-Friday, from 8 am-4 pm PST.

 

Source: FDA