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Pet food recalled for possible Listeria contamination

Bravo is recalling select lots of its pet food distributed nationwide to retail stores, Internet retailers and directly to consumers.

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Bravo is recalling select lots of its pet food because it may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people and others with weakened immune systems, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has announced.

The recalled products were distributed nationwide to retail stores, Internet retailers and directly to consumers, according to the FDA. The products, which were made in New Zealand and Manchester, Conn., can be identified by the batch ID code (Best Used By date) printed on the side of the plastic tube or on a label on the box.

The recalled products include:

RAW FOOD DIET BRAVO! BEEF BLEND FOR DOGS AND CATS (Made in New Zealand): All 2-pound, 5-pound and 10-pound tubes.

Product Numbers: 52-102, 52-105, 52-110

Best Used By Date: 10/10/15 or earlier

BRAVO! BALANCE PREMIUM TURKEY FORMULA (Manufactured by: Bravo! Manchester, Conn.): 3-pound box with (12) 4-ounce burgers

Product Number: 31-401

Best Used By Dates: 1/07/16 and 2/11/16

These products, which are being recalled, did not test positive for pathogens, but they were manufactured in the same facility or on the same day as products that did test positive.

RAW FOOD DIET BRAVO! LAMB BLEND FOR DOGS AND CATS (Made in New Zealand): All 2-pound, 5-pound and 10-pound tubes.

Product Numbers: 42-102, 42-105, 42-110

Best Used By Date: 10/10/15 or earlier

RAW FOOD DIET BRAVO! LAMB BASIC FOR DOGS AND CATS (Made in New Zealand): 2-pound tubes

Product Number: 42-202

Best Used By Date: 10/10/15 or earlier

RAW FOOD DIET BRAVO! BEEF & BEEF HEART FOR DOGS AND CATS (Made in New Zealand): 5-pound tubes

Product Number: 53-130

Best Used By Date: 10/10/15 or earlier

RAW FOOD DIET BRAVO! 100% PURE & NATURAL PREMIUM GRASS-FED BUFFALO FOR DOGS AND CATS (Manufactured by: Bravo! Manchester, Conn.): Net weight 2 -pounds (32 ounces) tubes

Product Number: 72-222

Best Used By Date: 1/7/16

BRAVO! TURKEY BALANCE FORMULA (Manufactured by: Bravo! Manchester, Conn.):

Net weight 2-pounds (32 ounces) tubes

Product Number: 31-402

Best Used By Dates: 1/7/16 and 2/11/16

Net weight 5 pounds (80 ounces) tube

Product Number: 31-405

Best Used By Dates: 1/7/16 and 2/11/16

RAW FOOD DIET BRAVO! LAMB BLEND FOR DOGS AND CATS (Manufactured by: Bravo! Manchester, Conn.):

5-pounds (80 ounces) tubes

Product Number: 42-105

Best Used By Date: 2/11/16

Although healthy cats and dogs rarely become sick with Listeria, it can cause short-term symptoms in humans, such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, according to the FDA. It also can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

Animals sick with Listeria will display symptoms similar to those suffered by humans, the FDA says.

This voluntary recall was issued after the FDA reported that an independent lab found the bacteria in a sample of food. The Manchester-based company did receive reports of dogs experiencing nausea and diarrhea that may be tied to these foods. No human illness have been linked to the products, the FDA says.

Bravo discontinued all manufacturing in New Zealand on October 10, 2013, and is working with distributors and retailers to dispose of any affected food left on freezer shelves, the FDA says.

The recalled food should not be sold or fed to pets, the FDA says. Pet owners who have the food at home should dispose of it in a safe manner (such as a securely covered trash can).

For more information, read here.


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