To my knowledge, this has never happened before. A pet food discovered a bacterial contamination in a human grade ingredient. The human food industries using the exact same ingredient never caught the problem. Score one for pet food.
On January 15, 2018 the pet food company Just Food for Dogs announced a recall. The pet food company (using 100% human edible ingredients) acted on a consumer complaint; testing of the pet food discovered Listeria monocytogenes. Further testing done by Just Food for Dogs traced the bacterial contamination to green beans used in the dog food. Just Food for Dogs notified its customers, the public, regulatory authorities and it’s supplier.
Which has now led to a human food recall. From Food Safety News…
National Frozen Foods Corp. issued a Class I recall of individual quick frozen green beans because of potential Listeria monocytogenes contamination, according to notices posted by US Foods Inc. and the U.S. Department of Defense Commissary Agency.
The frozen food manufacturer issued its recall following the detection of Listeria monocytogenes in a third-party test by a downstream customer, a pet food company.
A notice from the U.S. Department of Defense Commissary Agency reported the following products sold in its commissary stores were included in the recall:
SYS IMP Bean Green Whole IQF NWP, 12/2 pounds: Lot number 17102703A03, MPC V5404
NW TRES Bean Green Cut, 1/30 pounds: Lot number 17102603A02, MPC 62406-9007
SYS CLS Bean Green Cut GR A P, 12/2 pounds: Lot number 17102703A03, MPC 1435197
Hats off to Just Food for Dogs. Your swift action, your safety protocols surpassed that of human food. Thank you.
Wishing you and your pet(s) the best,
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