Happy Hounds Wales Ltd has recalled four of its frozen raw dog food products amid fears over the presence of salmonella.
Salmonella was reportedly found in the following products:
- Frozen Beef Mince, Pack size: 1kg, Batch code: 993, Best before: 31/05/2022
- Frozen Lamb and Beef, Pack size: 1kg, Batch code: 992/992, Best before: 31/05/2022
- Frozen Turkey and Beef, Pack size: 1kg, Batch code: 991/993, Best before: 01/06/2022
- Frozen Diced Heart, Pack size: 1.5kg, Batch code: 993, Best before: 01/06/2022
Customers have now been warned that the Happy Hounds products in question create a potential risk of coming into contact with salmonella, either through direct handling of the food, or indirectly, through pet feeding bowls, utensils or contact with dogs’ faeces.
Salmonella is a bacterium that can cause illness in humans and animals. In humans, symptoms usually include fever, diarrhoea and abdominal cramps. While infected animals may not necessarily display signs of illness, symptoms can include diarrhoea.
In a statement, the Food Standards Agency said: “If you have bought any of the above products do not use them. Instead, return them to the store from where they were bought for a full refund.
“When handling and serving raw pet food it is always advised to clean utensils and feeding bowls thoroughly after use. Consumers should wash their hands thoroughly after handling raw pet food, bowls, utensils or after contact with the faeces of animals.”
It added: “Raw pet food should be stored separately from any food (especially ready to eat foods). Care should be taken when defrosting to avoid cross-contamination of foods and surfaces.”
In a statement on its Facebook page, Happy Hounds Wales said: “Happy Hounds Wales Ltd is recalling four types of frozen raw dog food products. The batch number can be found on the blue and white label on the sleeve of the product.
“Customers who bought the affected products through our delivery service will be contacted. No other batch numbers are affected by this product recall.”