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Recently purchased Texas Tripe raw pet food? Well, according to the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) you and your pet face a serious threat after samples of the brand’s raw pet food tested positive for two deadly bacteria – Salmonella and Listeria.
According to the CDC, Salmonella is the cause of 1.2 million illnesses in the country, at least 23, 000 hospitalizations, and over 450 deaths every year. Contamination with Listeria monocytogenes is rare but each year an estimated 1,600 people are diagnosed with listerioris with 260 of them dying.
What’s the story with Texas Tripe Pet Foods?
As part of routine food checks, the Office of the Texas State Chemist (OTSC) sampled 23 finished products of the Texas Tripe brand. 16 out of the 23 samples came back positive for both L. monocytogenes and or Salmonella. This translates to there being a 69, 5% chance of any of the Texas Tripe products carrying the bacteria.
Upon the publication of these findings, the FDA carried out their own inspections and analyzed samples from the same batch and their results were unanimous with those of the OTSC which prompted them to issue out a warning to pet owners to desist from making any further purchases and to trash any and all Texas Tripe food products they may have purchased.
Which Texas Tripe products are concerned?
The Texas Tripe products that have been recalled include the 20-pound and 40-pound cases. Each of these cases consists of several plastic pouches. In order to effectively dispose of this product, the company has recalled the products with the following lot codes.
The table below contains the lot numbers and products recalled by Texas Tripe issued to the FDA on 8/6/2019.
It must be mentioned that three of the Texas Tripe products sampled by the FDA which tested positive for Salmonella and/or Listeria are not included in the chart above. These products are:
- Texas Tripe Beef Blend: Lot 19191-05
- Texas Tripe Chicken Blend: Lot 19196-6
- Texas Tripe Pork Blend: Lot 19190-09
What else should you do to ensure safety?
If you have already opened any of the Texas Tripe raw pet food you bought and fed some to your pet, the following actions will be necessary.
You need to collect any leftover food and throw it away in a sealed container that cannot be opened by wild animals. You will need to thoroughly decontaminate your home and anywhere where your pet might have access. This means cleaning surfaces, counters, furniture, and all utensils used in the preparation of your pet’s meals.
Your pets might not be showing any symptoms of illness but it is a good idea to pay the vet a visit to make sure that all is well. If you think that you or anyone else in your household may have been contaminated, tell-tale symptoms will include diarrhea, abdominal cramps and or fever. If there are any pregnant women, newborns, or elderly people in your house you need to take precautions and visit your healthcare provider at your earliest convenience.
Additional things you can do
If you have any complaints to make regarding any pet food you might have purchased, register your complaint with the FDA at https://www.fda.gov/petfoodcomplaints. Your reports help the FDA to carry out investigations that will protect the community and animals.