Top Quality Dog Food of Hyattsville, MD recalled “Beef HVM” 1-pound packages due to potential contamination of Listeria monocytogenes and Salmonella.
Listeria monocytogenes is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections to people with weakened immune systems, while Salmonella is a bacterial disease that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in animals consuming the products and humans that are handling the contaminated items.
According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), common signs and symptoms of a pet being infected with Salmonella and Listeria infection are fever, bloody diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain.
The recalled “Beef HVM” was distributed in DC, MD, VA, DE, PA, MA, CT, and SC, and the product was distributed through mail order and direct delivery.
The recall was initiated after Top Quality Dog Food discovered the presence of Listeria monocytogenes and Salmonella in their sample testing through the certified laboratory.
In response to this, the company has ceased further production and distribution of the product immediately.
Top Quality Dog Food advises consumers who bought the potentially contaminated products to not let their pet consume them and to throw them away or to return them to the place of sale for a full refund.
There have been no reported illnesses thus far from consuming the products.
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