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Blue Ridge Beef Recalls Kitten Grind Raw Pet Food for Possible Salmonella and Listeria Monocytogenes

Blue Ridge Beef of Georgia is recalling one lot of Kitten Grind raw pet food because it may be contaminated with Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes bacteria. The FDA received a complaint of two kitten deaths. One of the deaths was confirmed caused by Salmonella septicemia. Testing of Kitten Grind lot number GA1102 found both bacteria.

The recalled lot contains 20 cases or 300 chubs of the product. It was shipped to Texas, Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee, and North Carolina. The Kitten Grind two pound chubs are sold frozen. The lot number is GA1102 and the manufacturing date is 11/02/2017.

If you purchased this product, do not feed it to your pet. Throw it away in a double bagged or sealed container in a secure garbage can so other animals can’t get at it, or take it back to the place of purchase for a refund.

Humans are at risk for contracting illness in several ways. If the food cross-contaminates other surfaces in the home, or if a person doesn’t wash their hands well after handling it, they could get sick. In addition, pets can excrete these pathogenic bacteria in their feces. If it gets on their coat or paws, or if a pet licks a person, they could transmit the bacteria.

The symptoms of Salmonella infections and Listeria monocytogenes infections in pets include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever. Salmonella symptoms usually begin a few hours or a few days after exposure. But the symptoms of listeriosis can take up to 70 days to appear. Some pets may not appear ill at all, but can be carriers and infect other pets and people. If your pet is experiencing these symptoms, take her to the vet.

Human symptoms of salmonellosis include fever, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea that may be bloody. Human symptoms of listeriosis include high fever, stiff neck, severe headache, muscle aches, and diarrhea. If you or anyone in your household is experiencing these symptoms, see your doctor.

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