FDA Cautions Pet Owners Not To Feed Texas Tripe Inc. Raw Pet Food Due To Salmonella, Listeria Monocytogenes
On August 3, 2019, Texas Tripe, Inc. issued a recall on products from 5/28/19 to 7/1/19. You can see that recall here.
Today, August 14, 2019, the FDA sent out a caution to not feed Texas Tripe due to salmonella, listeria monocytogenes.
- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is cautioning pet owners not to feed their pets certain lots of Texas Tripe Inc. raw pet food after samples from some of these lots tested positive for Salmonella and/or Listeria monocytogenes (L. mono).
- Texas Tripe Inc. has recalled 35 lots for each of 23 product varieties. A list can be found under “What products are involved?”
- If you have any of the recalled Texas Tripe Inc products, throw them away.
- FDA is issuing this alert because these lots of Texas Tripe Inc. raw pet food represent a serious threat to human and animal health. Because these products are sold and stored frozen, FDA is concerned that people may still have them in their possession.
- Salmonella and L. mono can affect both human and animal health. People with symptoms of Salmonella and L. mono infection should consult their health care providers. Consult a veterinarian if your pet has symptoms of Salmonella or L. monoinfection.
What is the problem?
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is cautioning pet owners not to feed their pets any of the Texas Tripe brand raw frozen pet food listed below because several samples of Texas Tripe raw pet food have tested positive for Salmonella and/or L. mono.
The Office of the Texas State Chemist (OTSC) collected 23 finished product samples at Texas Tripe Inc. Of the 23 samples, 16 tested positive for L. mono and/or Salmonella.
FDA followed up these findings with an inspection and collected and analyzed samples of unopened finished product, after the firm performed corrective actions, from additional lots of some of the same products tested by OTSC. FDA testing showed some of the samples contained Salmonella and/or L. mono.
FDA and OSTC shared their test results with Texas Tripe Inc. The firm initiated a recall on July 3, 2019 by directly notifying some of its customers via email.
What products are involved?
The recalled Texas Tripe Inc. products are sold frozen in 20-pound and 40-pound cases. These cases 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, also known as chubs. Therefore, if the case has been discarded, there are no unique identification numbers on the individual chubs that allow customers to determine that they possess the recalled products.
If you have any of the product varieties listed below and cannot determine whether it is affected by the recall, FDA recommends that you exercise caution and throw the product away.
These products are manufactured by Texas Tripe Inc. and are sold direct to consumers online and by phone.
The chart below lists the recalled products and lot numbers provided by the firm to FDA on 8/6/2019. Below the chart are additional product lots sampled by FDA that tested positive for Salmonella and/or L. mono, that the firm has not recalled. According to the firm, recalled products have been sold directly to consumers in the following states: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia.
|List of Products Recalled by Texas Tripe||Lot Numbers|
|1. Texas Tripe Ground Turkey Necks||19148, 19149, 19150, 19151, 19152, 19153, 19154, 19155, 19156, 19157, 19158, 19159, 19160, 19161, 19162, 19163, 19164, 19165, 19166, 19167, 19168, 19169, 19170, 19171, 19172, 19173, 19174, 19175, 19176, 19177, 19178, 19179, 19180, 19181, 19182|
|2. Texas Trip Chicken Tripe Complete||19148, 19149, 19150, 19151, 19152, 19153, 19154, 19155, 19156, 19157, 19158, 19159, 19160, 19161, 19162, 19163, 19164, 19165, 19166, 19167, 19168, 19169, 19170, 19171, 19172, 19173, 19174, 19175, 19176, 19177, 19178, 19179, 19180, 19181, 19182|
|3. Texas Tripe Ground Chicken w/Bone||19148, 19149, 19150, 19151, 19152, 19153, 19154, 19155, 19156, 19157, 19158, 19159, 19160, 19161, 19162, 19163, 19164, 19165, 19166, 19167, 19168, 19169, 19170, 19171, 19172, 19173, 19174, 19175, 19176, 19177, 19178, 19179, 19180, 19181, 19182|
|4. Texas Tripe Shepherd's Blend|
|5. Texas Tripe Chicken/Pork/Salmon with Egg|
|6. Texas Tripe Chicken Blend|
|7. Texas Tripe Green Tripe|
|8. Texas Tripe Phat Katz|
|9. Texas Tripe Senior Pro|
|10. Texas Tripe All-Star Bully Blend|
|11. Texas Tripe Beef Blend|
|12. Texas Tripe Duck-Rabbit|
|13. Texas Tripe Goat Tripe Complete|
|14. Texas Tripe Boneless Chicken Blend|
|15. Texas Tripe Turkey Pork Blend|
|16. Texas Tripe Beef Tripe and Ground Rabbit|
|17. Texas Tripe Boneless Beef Blend|
|18. Texas Tripe Coarse Ground Beef with Bone|
|19. Texas Tripe Wolf Run Plus|
|20. Texas Tripe Turkey Blend|
|21. Texas Tripe Pork Blend|
|22. Texas Tripe Beginners Choice|
|23. Texas Tripe Wolf Run|
List of FDA sampled products that tested positive for Salmonella and/or Listeria monocytogenes (as of 8/13/19):
- Texas Tripe Chicken Blend - Lot 19196-6
- Texas Tripe Pork Blend - Lot 19190-09
- Texas Tripe Beef Blend - Lot 19191-05
What do consumers need to do?
If you have any recalled product, stop feeding it to your pets and throw it away in a secure container where other animals, including wildlife, cannot access it.
Consumers who have had this product in their homes should clean refrigerators/freezers where the product 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. Clean up the pet’s feces in yards or parks where people or other animals may become exposed. Consumers should thoroughly wash their hands after handling the recalled product or cleaning up potentially contaminated items and surfaces.
What is Salmonella and what are the symptoms of Salmonella infection (salmonellosis)?
Salmonella is a bacterium that can cause illness and death in humans and animals, especially those who are very young, very old, or have weak immune systems. According to the CDC, people infected with Salmonella can develop diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps. Most people recover without treatment, but in some people, the diarrhea may be so severe that they need to be hospitalized. In some patients, the Salmonella infection may spread from the intestines to the blood stream and then to other body sites unless the person is treated promptly with antibiotics. Consult your health care provider if you have symptoms of Salmonella infection.
Pets do not always display symptoms when infected with Salmonella, but signs can include vomiting, diarrhea (which may be bloody), fever, loss of appetite and/or decreased activity level. If your pet has these symptoms, consult a veterinarian promptly. You should also be aware that infected pets can shed the bacteria in their feces and saliva without showing signs of being sick, further contaminating the household environment.
What is Listeria monocytogenes (L. mono) and what are the symptoms of L. mono infection (listeriosis)?
Listeria monocytogenes is a bacterium that can cause illness and death in humans and animals, especially those who are pregnant, very young, very old, or have weak immune systems. According to CDC, listeriosis in humans can cause a variety of symptoms, depending on the person and the part of the body affected. Symptoms can include headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance, and convulsions in addition to fever and muscle aches.
Pregnant women typically experience only fever and other flu-like symptoms, such as fatigue and muscle aches. However, infections during pregnancy can lead to miscarriage, stillbirth, premature delivery, or life-threatening infection of the newborn.
Pregnant women and their newborns, adults age 65 and older, and people with weakened immune systems are more likely to get sick with listeriosis. Anyone with symptoms of listeriosis should contact a health care provider.
L. mono infections are uncommon in pets, but they are possible. Symptoms may include mild to severe diarrhea; anorexia; fever; nervous, muscular and respiratory signs; abortion; depression; shock; and death. Pets do not need to display symptoms to be able to pass L. mono on to their human companions. Once L. mono gets established in the pet’s gastrointestinal tract, the animal can shed the bacteria in the feces when it has a bowel movement, and the contamination may continue to spread, further contaminating the household environment.
Why is the FDA concerned about Salmonella and L. mono in pet food and treats?
Pet foods and treats contaminated with Salmonella and L. mono are of particular public health importance because they can affect both human and animal health. Pets can get sick from these pathogens and may also be carriers of the bacteria and pass it on to their human companions without appearing to be ill. People can get sick from handling contaminated pet foods and treats or touching surfaces that have had contact with the contaminated pet foods and treats. Additionally, if a person gets Salmonella or L. mono on their hands, they can spread the bacteria to other people, objects, and surfaces. The FDA is aware of recent cases in which humans and/or animals have gotten sick from exposure to Salmonella-contaminated pet foods (Salmonella-human cases, Salmonella-kitten, Salmonella-kitten and dog). Although FDA is not aware of a documented case of a person acquiring L. mono infection from a pet food, once Salmonella or L. mono get established in the pet’s gastrointestinal tract, the animal can shed the bacteria in the feces when it has a bowel movement, and the contamination may continue to spread. Because animals can shed the bacteria in the feces when they have bowel movements, it’s particularly important to clean up the animal’s feces in yards or parks where people or other animals may become exposed, in addition to cleaning items in the home.
The Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act requires that all animal food, like human food, be safe to eat, produced under sanitary conditions, contain no harmful substances, and be truthfully labeled. Without an effective control for pathogens, such as cooking, animal food is more likely to contain pathogens such as Salmonella and L. mono. Refrigeration or freezing does not kill the bacteria.
What should I do if I think I have salmonellosis or listeriosis?
If you think you have symptoms of Salmonella and L. mono, consult your health care provider.
What should I do if I think my pet has salmonellosis or listeriosis?
People who think their pets have become ill after consuming contaminated pet food should first contact their veterinarians. Veterinarians who wish to have pets tested for Salmonella may do so through the Veterinary Laboratory Investigation and Response Network (Vet-LIRN Network) if the pet is from a household with a person infected with Salmonella.
How can I report a human or animal illness related to pet food?
FDA encourages consumers to report complaints about pet food products electronically through the Safety Reporting Portal. This information helps FDA further protect human and animal health.
The information in this release reflects the FDA’s best efforts to communicate what it has learned from the manufacturer and the state and local public health agencies involved in the investigation. The agency will update this page as more information becomes available.
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Lisa and Rich Jelinek