Press release provided to TruthaboutPetFood.com by Vital Essentials…
A Wisconsin firm is voluntarily recalling two small limited batches of frozen beef tripe patties and frozen beef tripe nibblets. The Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) tested product and alerted Carnivore Meat Company that the product tested positive for Listeria, a bacteria commonly found in soil and water and some animals. While Listeria can cause illness for humans and some animals, according to the FDA it is actually rare that dogs become ill from Listeria. No other product manufactured by the company is involved in this voluntary recall.
The lots involved in this voluntary recall are:
Vital Essentials Frozen Beef Tripe Patties, UPC 33211 00809, Lot # 10930, Best by date 20160210
Vital Essentials Frozen Beef Tripe Nibblets UPC33211 00904, Lot # 10719, Best by date 12022015
The “Best By” date code and lot # is located on the back of the package. The affected product was distributed in WA, CA, TX, GA, IL, CO, NM, FL, PA, RI, OH and VT.
If you are a consumer and have purchased a bag of Vital Essentials Frozen Beef Tripe Patties with the “Best By” date code of 20160210 or a bag of Frozen Beef Tripe Nibblets with a “Best By” date code of 12022015, we ask that you please call 920-370-6542 Monday-Friday 9:00AM-4:00PM CST and someone will assist you in obtaining replacement or a full refund from your local retailer for your original purchase. If your package has been opened, please dispose of the raw food in a safe manner by securing it in a covered trash receptacle.
Our Commitment to Quality
The company is fully committed to maintaining the highest quality standards in the pet food industry and ensuring the health and safety of pets. The firm’s quality control and quality assurance programs include, but are not limited to: Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP’s), Sanitation Standard Operating Procedures (SSOP’s), a Hazard Analysis & Critical Control Points (HACCP) program, regular lot segregation, and other industry best practices. The manufacturing facility also adheres to these specific quality measures:
- USDA Inspected Pet Food Facility
- FDA Inspected Facility
- Ingredients sourced from USDA inspected facilities in the United States
Representatives are available from Monday – Friday 9:00AM – 4:00PM CST at 920-370-6542.
What should I do if I discover a package of recalled product in my freezer?
If the lot # matches the lots listed in the recall notice, please throw the product away and notify the store where you purchased the product for a full refund.
Are any other Vital Essentials products affected?
Only the two small limited batches of frozen beef tripe treats, with lot numbers that match the recall notice are affected.
Why were these items withdrawn from the market?
The FDA notified us of two limited batches of beef tripe products tested positive for Listeria. Although according to the FDA, Listeria, even if present, rarely causes any illness in dogs, we nevertheless decided, in an abundance of caution, to withdraw the product from the market. We pride ourselves on the overall quality of our pet food, and we believe taking these precautionary steps was the most appropriate thing to do. The market withdrawal was thorough and effective.
Can my dog get Listeriosis from pet food?
According to the FDA website, dogs almost never become sick from listeria, and nearly 20% of dogs already test positive for the bacteria. Additionally, the FDA website cites one reference, which mentioned only six reported cases in dogs from 1947 to 2000. http://www.fda.gov/AnimalVeterinary/ResourcesforYou/AnimalHealthLiteracy/ucm373757.htm#Animals
What steps have you taken to help prevent this from happening in the future?
We believe that this was an issue that arose from a problem with a supplier. Moving forward, we will continue to carefully assess and monitor and also require letters of guarantee from our suppliers.
Vital Essentials recall notice: http://www.vitalessentialsraw.com/#!tripe-recall/c1yt2