Pet food recalled due to salmonella and listeria monocytogenes
Samples of Texas Tripe raw frozen pet food tested positive for listeria monocytogenes and/or salmonella and the product has been recalled.
Pet owners are being cautioned not to feed their pets specific lots of Texas Tripe brand raw frozen pet food because several samples of Texas Tripe raw pet food have tested positive for salmonella and/or listeria monocytogenes.
The warning comes from the US Food and Drug Administration after the Office of the Texas State Chemist (OTSC) collected 23 finished product samples at Texas Tripe Inc and of the 23 samples, 16 tested positive for listeria monocytogenes and/or salmonella.
The FDA followed up these findings with an inspection and collected and analysed samples of unopened finished product, after the firm performed corrective actions, from additional lots of some of the same products tested by OTSC. The testing showed some of the samples contained listeria monocytogenes and/or salmonella.
The FDA and OTSC shared their test results with Texas Tripe Inc and the firm initiated a recall on 3 July 2019 by directly notifying some of its customers via email.
The recalled Texas Tripe Inc. products, which are sold direct to consumers online and by phone, are sold frozen in 20-pound and 40-pound cases which contain multiple plastic pouches. Lot codes to help identify recalled product are printed on the outside of the cases, but the lot codes are not printed on the individual sealed plastic pouches. Therefore, if the case has been discarded, there are no unique identification numbers on the individual packets that allow customers to determine that they possess the recalled products.
The full list of items affected by the recall can be found here.
The FDA has advised that consumers who have bought this product should throw it away in a secure container.
Consumers who have had this product in their homes should also clean refrigerators/freezers where the pet food was stored and clean and disinfect all bowls, utensils, food prep surfaces, pet bedding, toys, floors, and any other surfaces that the food or pet may have had contact with, the FDA further advises.