Stella & Chewy’s Dog And Cat Food Recall Recently the producers of Stella & Chewy’s dog and cat food was notified by the MDA or Maryland Department of Agriculture concerning contamination of a specific lot number of their food. The source of this contamination was due to the detection of Listeria monocytogenes which can cause many health issues. Upon being notified of this contamination the company voluntarily recalled not only the lot number in question but also several other lot numbers that may have came into contact with those that were contaminated. The food that was directly affected by the contamination was the Chewy’s Chicken Freeze-Dried Dinner Patties for Dogs in the 15 ounce bags with a lot number of #111-15. Other foods that were part of the voluntary recall due to possible contact with this food include various chicken and turkey dinners as well as some goose and fish meals as well. So far there have been no illness – either human or animal – that have been contributed to these foods. The Stella and Chewy company have issued this recall on a voluntary basis as well as the recall of any food that may have come into contact with areas where the contaminated food may have been. The company is currently conducting an investigation to determine where the Listeria contamination may have occurred in order to eradicate the problem. It is advised that any person having any of these recalled product immediately stop using them and return them to the place of purchase for a full refund.
The symptoms associated with the organism Listeria monocytogenes are pretty much the same in both humans and pets. Some things that you should watch for include high fever, stiffness, nausea, diarrhea, abdominal pain and severe headache. Infection by this contaminant can also cause stillbirth and miscarriage among women that are pregnant. These symptoms are often more severe in young children and elderly people as well as anyone that has a low immune system for whatever reason. If your pet displays any of these symptoms you should seek the advice of a vet as early as possible for proper diagnosis.