FDA issues a warning to pet food consumers regarding Texas Tripe Raw Pet Food.
The following are quotes from the FDA warning issued August 14, 2019:
- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is cautioning pet owners not to feed their pets certain lots of Texas Tripe Inc. raw pet food after samples from some of these lots tested positive for Salmonella and/or Listeria monocytogenes (L. mono).
- Texas Tripe Inc. has recalled 35 lots for each of 23 product varieties. A list can be found under “What products are involved?”
- If you have any of the recalled Texas Tripe Inc products, throw them away.
- FDA is issuing this alert because these lots of Texas Tripe Inc. raw pet food represent a serious threat to human and animal health. Because these products are sold and stored frozen, FDA is concerned that people may still have them in their possession.
- Salmonella and L. mono can affect both human and animal health. People with symptoms of Salmonella and L. mono infection should consult their health care providers. Consult a veterinarian if your pet has symptoms of Salmonella or L. mono infection.
What is the problem?
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is cautioning pet owners not to feed their pets any of the Texas Tripe brand raw frozen pet food listed below because several samples of Texas Tripe raw pet food have tested positive for Salmonella and/or L. mono.
The Office of the Texas State Chemist (OTSC) collected 23 finished product samples at Texas Tripe Inc. Of the 23 samples, 16 tested positive for L. mono and/or Salmonella.
FDA followed up these findings with an inspection and collected and analyzed samples of unopened finished product, after the firm performed corrective actions, from additional lots of some of the same products tested by OTSC. FDA testing showed some of the samples contained Salmonella and/or L. mono.
FDA and OSTC shared their test results with Texas Tripe Inc. The firm initiated a recall on July 3, 2019 by directly notifying some of its customers via email.
What products are involved?
The recalled Texas Tripe Inc. products are sold frozen in 20-pound and 40-pound cases. These cases contain multiple plastic pouches. Lot codes to help identify recalled product are printed on the outside of the cases, but the lot codes are not printed on the individual sealed plastic pouches, also known as chubs. Therefore, if the case has been discarded, there are no unique identification numbers on the individual chubs that allow customers to determine that they possess the recalled products.
If you have any of the product varieties listed below and cannot determine whether it is affected by the recall, FDA recommends that you exercise caution and throw the product away.
These products are manufactured by Texas Tripe Inc. and are sold direct to consumers online and by phone.
The chart below lists the recalled products and lot numbers provided by the firm to FDA on 8/6/2019. Below the chart are additional product lots sampled by FDA that tested positive for Salmonella and/or L. mono, that the firm has not recalled. According to the firm, recalled products have been sold directly to consumers in the following states: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia.
|List of Products Recalled by Texas Tripe||Lot Numbers|
|1. Texas Tripe Ground Turkey Necks||19148, 19149, 19150, 19151, 19152, 19153, 19154, 19155, 19156, 19157, 19158, 19159, 19160, 19161, 19162, 19163, 19164, 19165, 19166, 19167, 19168, 19169, 19170, 19171, 19172, 19173, 19174, 19175, 19176, 19177, 19178, 19179, 19180, 19181, 19182|
|2. Texas Trip Chicken Tripe Complete||19148, 19149, 19150, 19151, 19152, 19153, 19154, 19155, 19156, 19157, 19158, 19159, 19160, 19161, 19162, 19163, 19164, 19165, 19166, 19167, 19168, 19169, 19170, 19171, 19172, 19173, 19174, 19175, 19176, 19177, 19178, 19179, 19180, 19181, 19182|
|3. Texas Tripe Ground Chicken w/Bone||19148, 19149, 19150, 19151, 19152, 19153, 19154, 19155, 19156, 19157, 19158, 19159, 19160, 19161, 19162, 19163, 19164, 19165, 19166, 19167, 19168, 19169, 19170, 19171, 19172, 19173, 19174, 19175, 19176, 19177, 19178, 19179, 19180, 19181, 19182|
|4. Texas Tripe Shepherd’s Blend|
|5. Texas Tripe Chicken/Pork/Salmon with Egg|
|6. Texas Tripe Chicken Blend|
|7. Texas Tripe Green Tripe|
|8. Texas Tripe Phat Katz|
|9. Texas Tripe Senior Pro|
|10. Texas Tripe All-Star Bully Blend|
|11. Texas Tripe Beef Blend|
|12. Texas Tripe Duck-Rabbit|
|13. Texas Tripe Goat Tripe Complete|
|14. Texas Tripe Boneless Chicken Blend|
|15. Texas Tripe Turkey Pork Blend|
|16. Texas Tripe Beef Tripe and Ground Rabbit|
|17. Texas Tripe Boneless Beef Blend|
|18. Texas Tripe Coarse Ground Beef with Bone|
|19. Texas Tripe Wolf Run Plus|
|20. Texas Tripe Turkey Blend|
|21. Texas Tripe Pork Blend|
|22. Texas Tripe Beginners Choice|
|23. Texas Tripe Wolf Run|
List of FDA sampled products that tested positive for Salmonella and/or Listeria monocytogenes (as of 8/13/19):
- Texas Tripe Chicken Blend – Lot 19196-6
- Texas Tripe Pork Blend – Lot 19190-09
- Texas Tripe Beef Blend – Lot 19191-05
What do consumers need to do?
If you have any recalled product, stop feeding it to your pets and throw it away in a secure container where other animals, including wildlife, cannot access it.
Consumers who have had this product in their homes should clean refrigerators/freezers where the product was stored 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. Clean up the pet’s feces in yards or parks where people or other animals may become exposed. Consumers should thoroughly wash their hands after handling the recalled product or cleaning up potentially contaminated items and surfaces.
How can I report a human or animal illness related to pet food?
FDA encourages consumers to report complaints about pet food products electronically through the Safety Reporting Portal. This information helps FDA further protect human and animal health.
The information in this release reflects the FDA’s best efforts to communicate what it has learned from the manufacturer and the state and local public health agencies involved in the investigation. The agency will update this page as more information becomes available.
End of information quoted from the warning. To read the full FDA press release, Click Here.
It is unknown why a recall notice has not been published by FDA on these product (only a warning issued).
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