Animal view, an animal welfare organization, claims to have been the trigger for the raw ground beef and Performance Dog recall announced by March 3, 2021 Bravo Packing, Inc., Carney’s Point, New Jersey.
Animal view is a national not-for-profit organization based in Washington, DC. The name of the organization was changed from “Compassion for the Killing” to “Animal Lookout” in 2020.
The pet food recall that included all Ground Beef and Performance Dog Frozen Raw Pet Food (sold in 2-pound and 5-pound plastic sleeves), initiated after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) found Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes in samples from Performance Dog and in a sample of ground beef.
Bravo Packing, Inc. is not associated with Bravo pet food, a manufacturer of frozen and freeze-dried raw pet food and treats for pets based in Manchester, Connecticut.
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According to a press release dated March 4, 2021, Animal Outlook notified the FDA in December 2020 that the organization had obtained salmonella from a sample of raw dog food from Performance Dog Diet. The sample had been obtained two months earlier from a California distributor for Bravo Packing products.
The FDA declined to comment on the Animal Outlook press release. However, a spokesperson for the agency indicated that it is the FDA’s practice to remove entities that have been the subject of previous enforcement actions such as B. Warning letters to check again.
Bravo Packing has a history of contaminated pet food issues and regulatory violations.
In September 2018 Bravo packaging recalled all Performance Dog products after the FDA found salmonella in a sample of the product during an inspection.
In July / August 2019, the FDA conducted another inspection of the production facility, during which the agency found Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes in samples of two different products.
After the company failed to respond to repeated requests from the agency for documentation related to the distribution and recall of the contaminated products in September 2019, the FDA issued an Consumer adviceand warns pet owners not to feed their pets raw food products from Performance Dog.
In March 2020, the FDA issued a formal statement following the July / August 2019 inspection Warning letter to the President of Bravo Packing, Inc., citing several serious violations of current good manufacturing practice, hazard analysis and risk-based preventive controls for animal feed.
The current investigation is still ongoing and information on what new or repeated violations the FDA may have identified is not yet available.
What consumers need to know
- Pets with salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Some pets have less appetite, fever, and abdominal pain. Pets exposed to contaminated food can become infected without showing any symptoms.
- People who believe their pets have gotten sick after eating contaminated pet food should contact their veterinarian first.
- Veterinarians wishing to have pets tested for salmonella can do so through the Veterinary Laboratory Investigation and Response Network (Vet-LIRN) if the pet comes from a household with a person infected with salmonella.
- The FDA also encourages consumers to report complaints about pet food products electronically through the safety reporting portal. This information will help the FDA further protect human and animal health.