Bravo! is recalling some tubes of poultry products for dogs and cats because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella or Listeria monocytogenes. Two of the products have the potential to be contaminated with both of the bacteriums, and one product may only be infected with Listeria monocytogenes.
Both Salmonella and Listeria are organisms which can cause serious infections in dogs and cats, and if there is cross contamination, in people, especially small children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy people with Salmonella infection may only suffer short-term symptoms, such as high fever, severe headache, vomiting, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea. Long term complications can include arthritis and other more serious ailments. Healthy people with Listeria infection may only suffer short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea. Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.
As of now Bravo! has not received any reports of illness from pets or in people. The recalled products were sold across the country and were sold through retail stores, through the Internet, or sent directly to consumers. The recalled pet food can be identified by batch ID codes located on the hang tag which is attached to the bottom of the plastic film tubes.
The products recalled include Bravo Original Formula Chicken Blend frozen raw food with the product numbers 21-102, 21-105, 21-110 and the batch ID code 236, Bravo Original Formula Turkey Blend frozen raw food with the product numbers 31-102, 31-105, 31-110 and the batch ID code 236, and Bravo Basic Formula Finely Ground Chicken frozen raw food with the product number 21-212 and the batch ID code 226.
The Bravo Original Formula Turkey Blend frozen raw food is the pet food that is only affected by Listeria. Also, other batch ID for these products are not included in the recall.
Pets are not normally affected by Salmonella, but if they are their symptoms are normally the same as humans. People can also become infected with Salmonella by handling contaminated food, so consumers should be careful when disposing of the product.
For more information on this subject, please refer to our section on Defective and Dangerous Products.