Bully Sticks Recalled for Possible Salmonella Contamination

Posted February 16, 2018

A dog food recall involving four companies has been issued after reports that six pets were sickened or died after contact with the food.

Darwin's Natural and Zoologics pet foods has conducted four recalls in the past two years, with the most recent occurring February 10, 2018.

As part of an ongoing investigation into complaints associated with products manufactured by Arrow Reliance/Darwin's Natural of Tukwila, WA, the FDA has confirmed that new samples of Darwin's Natural Pet Products raw pet foods have tested positive for Salmonella.

The FDA said there have also been complaints about at least three animals who were reportedly hurt by bone shards in the Darwin's Natural raw pet food products.

The latest recall was triggered by a complaint of an adult dog that had recurring diarrhea over a nine-month period.

Since 2016, Arrow Reliance/Darwins Natural has recalled seven raw pet food products. There were instances of illness in connection with Raws for Paws, which pulled its 5-pound and 1-pound chubs of ground turkey pet food, and none for Smokehouse, which recalled 4-ounce bags of its Beefy Munchies dog treats.

Public recall notifications were not made but customers were sent an email.

Darwin's Natural Pet Products recalled select lots of its Darwin's ZooLogics dog food, which includes ZooLogics Chicken and Vegetable Meals for Dogs manufactured November 2, 2017 and ZooLogics Duck and Vegetable Meals for Dogs manufactured November 16, 2017.

The potential contamination is said to not only affect animals that have consumed the food, but also the humans that handle it. They can also pass salmonella to people, even if they don't have any symptoms.

Both the FDA and the Washington State Department of Agriculture are investigating.

The two reports of human illness resulted from contact with Raws for Paws Ground Turkey Pet Food.

What Do Consumers Need To Do?

Pet owners who have this product matching this lot code in their homes are urged to discontinue use of the product.

The FDA highlighted its zero tolerance for harmful bacteria found in food products for pets. Consumers who purchased this raw pet food should throw it away. Similarly, veterinary care should be sought for pets that show any of these signs. Because animals can shed the bacteria when they have bowel movements, it's particularly important to clean up the animal's feces in yards or parks where people or other animals may become exposed.

No illnesses, injuries or complaints have been reported, Redbarn said.