Raw pet food manufacturer, The Raw Factory Ltd, is recalling various products containing tripe and pork as they have been found to contain salmonella.
The Food Standards Agency (FSA) said in a statement: “The presence of salmonella in the products listed. [sic] Salmonella is a bacterium that can cause food poisoning in humans and animals.
“The product could therefore carry a potential risk, either through direct handling of the pet food, or indirectly for example from food bowls or utensils or contact with the faeces of infected animals. In humans, symptoms caused by salmonella usually include fever, diarrhoea and abdominal cramps.”
Point of sale notices will be displayed in all stores that stock the products, which will explain to customers which products have been recalled, as well as why the products are being recalled and what to do if they have bought the products.
The FSA said that consumers should “clean utensils and feeding bowls thoroughly” when feeding raw food to pets, adding that they should also “wash hands thoroughly after handling raw pet food and store separate from any ready-to-eat foods”. The FSA said that anyone who has bought affected products can return them to the store for a “full refund”.
In closing its statement, the FSA said: “If there is a problem with a food product that means it should not be sold, then it might be ‘withdrawn’ (taken off the shelves) or ‘recalled’ (when customers are asked to return the product).
“The FSA issues Product Withdrawal Information Notices and Product Recall Information Notices to let consumers and local authorities know about problems associated with food. In some cases, a ‘Food Alert for Action’ is issued. This provides local authorities with details of specific action to be taken on behalf of consumers.”