Popular Dog and Cat Food Recalled for Listeria Contamination

Pets should always get a treat when they’ve been good, but it seems to undercut the message if the biscuit you give them makes them violently ill.

Yesterday, Stella & Chewy’s Dog or Cat Treats issued a voluntary recall on a number of their treats and foods due to a perceived risk of a listeria contamination.

What is Listeria?

Listeria is a family of bacteria that often infect food. The type that affects people and animals is L. monocytogenes, and is the cause of the listeriosis infection. This infection is the third leading cause of death as caused by a foodborne bacteria – even more than salmonella or botulism.

So, for everyone with a bag of Stella & Chewy’s Dog or Cat Treats in their cupboard, please do the following:

1) See if the bag you have is contaminated

Only certain lots are at risk of being contaminated. If you have one of the following, please continue reading. If not, you are fine to give them to your pet (provided they haven’t expired…).

To find the lot number, look next to the expiration date. These are the bags that are being pulled from shelves.

  • Freeze-Dried Chewy’s Chicken Dinner for Dogs /15oz/UPC: 186011000045/Lot: 111-15 and Use By Date: 4/23/2016

  • Freeze-Dried Chewy’s Chicken Dinner for Dogs /15oz/UPC: 186011000045/Lot: 111-15 and Use By Date: 4/26/2016

  • Freeze-Dried Chick, Chick, Chicken Dinner for Cats/12oz/UPC: 186011000434/Lot: 111-15 and Use By Date: 4/29/2016

  • Freeze-Dried Chick, Chick, Chicken Dinner for Cats/12oz/UPC: 186011000434/Lot: 111-15 and Use By Date: 5/3/2016

  • Carnivore Crunch – Turkey Recipe/3.25oz/UPC: 186011001103/Lot: 111-15 and Use By Date: 5/3/2016 and 5/4/2016

  • Frozen Duck Duck Goose Dinner Morsels for Dogs/4lb/UPC: 186011001394/Lot: 111-15 and Use By Date: 4/21/2016

  • Frozen Chewy’s Chicken Dinner Morsels for Dogs/4lb/UPC: 186011001387/Lot: 111-15 and Use By Date: 4/21/2016

  • Frozen Surf ‘N Turf Dinner Patties for Dogs/6lb/UPC: 186011000533/Lot: 111-15 and Use By Date: 4/21/2016

  • Frozen Chewy’s Chicken Dinner Patties for Dogs/6lb/UPC: 186011000120/Lot: 111-15 and Use By Date: 4/21/2016

  • Frozen Chewy’s Chicken Dinner Patties for Dogs/3lb/UPC: 186011000038/Lot: 111-15 and Use By Date: 4/21/2016

  • Freeze-Dried Chick, Chick, Chicken Dinner for Cats/12oz/UPC: 186011000434/Lot: 104-15 and Use By Date: 4/23/2016

  • Freeze-Dried Chick, Chick, Chicken Dinner for Cats/12oz/UPC: 186011000434/Lot: 109-15 and Use By Date: 4/29/2016

  • Freeze-Dried Tantalizing Turkey Meal Mixers/18oz/UPC: 186011000229/Lot: 105-15 and Use By Date: 5/3/2016

  • Freeze-Dried Tantalizing Turkey Meal Mixers/18oz/UPC: 186011000229/Lot: 113-15 and Use By Date: 5/3/2016

  • Freeze-Dried Tantalizing Turkey Meal Mixers/9oz/UPC: 186011000205/Lot: 105-15 and Use By Date: 5/3/2016

  • Carnivore Crunch – Chicken Recipe/3.25oz/UPC: 186011001080/Lot: 110-15 and Use By Date: 5/3/2016

  • Freeze-Dried Chewy’s Chicken Dinners for Dogs/15oz/UPC: 186011000045/Lot: 114-15 and Use By Date: 4/26/2016

  • Freeze-Dried Tummy Ticklin’ Turkey Dinner for Cats/12oz/UPC: 186011000663/Lot: 114-15 and Use By Date: 5/4/2016

  • Freeze-Dried Tummy Ticklin’ Turkey Dinner for Cats/12oz/UPC: 186011000663/Lot: 115-15 and Use By Date: 5/4/2016

  • Freeze-Dried Salmon & Chicken Dinner for Cats/12 oz/UPC: 186011000403/Lot: 107-15 and Use By Date: 4/23/2016

Do you have one of the treats listed above? Then you need to:

2) Dispose of it (or return it to the store if unopened)

If the bag you have of contaminated snacks is unopened, take it back to the store and exchange it for one that is clean. If the bag is open, dispose of it immediately by placing it in a bag and removing it from your home.

In the event that your dog or cat has eaten some of the snacks:

3) Take them to the vet

If your pet has eaten the infected snacks, there is a good chance they too are infected. Take them over to the vet to have them tested. If they are found to have listeriosis, follow your vets instructions and work to keep your pet comfortable.

Some healthy alternatives to Stella & Chewy’s are:

Dogswell Happy Hips Jerky Treats

One Earth Peanut Butter Treats

Wiskas Temptations Savoury Salmon Flavor

Halo Treats Liv-A-Littles Seafood Combo

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