D.C.) – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, along with the
Washington Department of Agriculture is investigating what the FDA
says is a pattern of Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes
contamination in raw pet foods manufactured by a Tukwila, Washington
about the investigation from an FDA statement issued February 13:
FDA is alerting pet owners to a history of four recalls of and
multiple complaints associated with Darwin’s Natural and
ZooLogics pet foods, manufactured by Arrow Reliance Inc., dba
Darwin’s Natural Pet Products, over the period from October 17,
2016 to February 10, 2018. In each instance, the company recalled
these products after being alerted to positive findings
of Salmonella and/or Listeria
samples of their raw pet food products.
its most recent recall, on February 10, 2018, Arrow Reliance/Darwin’s
Natural recalled ZooLogics Duck with Vegetable Meals for Dogs (Lot
#41957) and ZooLogics Chicken with Vegetable Meals for Dogs (Lot
#41567) because the products may be contaminated with Salmonella and
therefore have the potential to cause salmonellosis in
humans and animals. The Tukwila, Washington company states that it only
products online through direct-to-consumer sales.
FDA has investigated six complaints of illness and death in animals
that have eaten the recalled products.
Reliance/Darwin’s Natural has notified its customers directly
of the recalls, but has so far not issued any public notification
announcing this or any of the previous recalls.
The FDA says this
issue is of particular public health importance
because Salmonella can
make both people and animals sick.
is the problem and what's being done about it?
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
These raw pet foods include ZooLogics Duck with Vegetable Meals for
Dogs Lot #41957 and ZooLogics Chicken with Vegetable Meals for Dogs
latest recall was triggered by a complaint of an adult dog that had
recurring diarrhea over a nine-month period. The dog tested positive
for Salmonella from
initial testing by the veterinarian and by follow-up testing by the
Laboratory Investigation and Response Network (Vet-LIRN). The
Darwin’s Natural raw pet food that the dog had been fed was
also positive for Salmonella.
Reliance/Darwin’s Natural is aware of the dog's illness
and the positive results and initiated a recall on February 10, 2018
by directly notifying its customers via email. The firm has not
issued a public recall notice.
October 2016, Arrow Reliance/Darwin’s Natural has initiated
four recalls and had six reported complaints (some referring to more
than one animal) associated with their raw pet food products,
including the death of one kitten from a severe
systemic Salmonella infection.
The Salmonella isolated
from the kitten was analyzed using whole genome sequencing and found
to be indistinguishable from the Salmonella isolated
from a closed package from the same lot of Darwin’s Natural cat
food that the kitten ate.
addition to reports of illnesses associated
with Salmonella contamination
in the products, the FDA is aware of complaints of at least three
animals who were reportedly injured by bone shards in the Darwin’s
Natural raw pet food products.
2016, Arrow Reliance/Darwin’s Natural has recalled seven raw pet food
products. Details on those recalls may be
Reliance/Darwin’s Natural initiated each recall of the product
lots by notifying customers directly via email. The company states
that the raw pet foods are only sold online through
contaminated raw pet food is of particular public health importance
because of the potential hazard to both human and animal health. Pets
can get sick from Salmonella,
but may also be carriers of the bacteria and can infect humans. Pets
do not have to be apparently ill to be able to pass Salmonella onto
their human companions.
pet food is more likely than other types of pet food to
contain Salmonella and Listeria
Pet owners who choose to feed raw pet food should
be aware of the risks associated
with these products.
FDA says it has a zero-tolerance
policy for Salmonella or
other pathogenic bacteria in all pet food, meaning the agency will
take action, as appropriate, against any pet food found to be
contaminated with the harmful bacteria.
do consumers need to do?
FDA says consumers should not feed their pets recalled lots of raw
pet food manufactured by Arrow Reliance Inc. Consumers who purchased
this raw pet food should throw it away. People who think they might
have become ill or their pets may be ill from exposure to
contaminated raw pet food should talk to their health care providers
who had this product in their homes should clean
their refrigerator and
clean and disinfect all bowls, utensils, food prep surfaces, pet
bedding, toys, floors, and any other surfaces that the food or pet
may have had contact with.
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.
FDA encourages consumers to report complaints about this and other
pet food products electronically through the Safety
Reporting Portal or
by calling their state’s FDA
Consumer Complaint Coordinators.
information on this story can be found at the FDA's website