Pet Food Recall: BARF World Diets

Pet Food Recall: BARF World Diets

The manufacturing facility where we produce our diets was informed of a positive test for salmonella in a non-food item. For the safety of you and your family, we have decided that the responsible thing to do in this instance would be to issue a voluntary recall of any BARF World products, which were produced the same day that the recalled products were made.

While none of our products made that day have been tested and found positive for salmonella, our duty to you, your pets, and the rest of your family is to make sure we make every effort to keep you safe.

Therefore, as a precaution, BARF World will be voluntarily recalling the following three products with a white “Use By” date sticker of 07272013:
BARF LAMB PATTIES - Use By Date 07/27/13BARF COMBO PATTIES - Use By Date 07/27/13BARF COMBO PATTIES - (BULK) Use By Date 07/27/13

The BARF World team has made sure to inform all customers who may have potentially received this product with a notice via email as well as by mail. Since we produce our diets in small batches to maintain optimum freshness and maximum shelf life, this voluntary recall only affects a small number of cases and diet varieties listed above.

As a BARF pet parent and raw food supporter, you understand that salmonella is a reality when feeding raw meat to your pet.  Luckily our dogs are naturally designed to be able to handle the normal amounts of bacteria present in raw meat. In fact, we know that our pets actually THRIVE on a biologically appropriate raw food diet.

1-866-282-2273 Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 5:00 Pacific Standard Time. Alternatively, you can email your questions to ChrisHampson@barfworld.com.

Sincerely,

Amber Keiper and the BARF World team

BARF World Recall Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: Why are you recalling your product?

A:  FDA regulations do not allow the presence of salmonella in cooked pet foods (canned or kibble).  Even though we do not manufacture cooked foods, we are required to comply with the same standards.  BARF World wants to fully cooperate with the FDA, and is complying with their regulations.

While the BARF World products have not been tested and found positive for Salmonella, the FDA is requesting that we recall all products that were made on the same day that a positive salmonella test occurred in the manufacturing plant.

Q:  Does this mean that my pet is going to get salmonella poisoning?

A:  Salmonella poisoning is a rare occurrence in dogs and cats, although the possibility does exist.  They are highly resistant, but not immune to pathogens (bacteria) such as salmonella.  This is much more of a concern for humans, as we are not equipped with the digestive tools to process raw meat.  This is why we need to cook our meats, as well as wash our hands, utensils, and preparation area thoroughly. Dogs and cats, on the other hand, are equipped with much more potent stomach acid and a shorter digestive tract that allows raw food to process extremely quickly.  For several thousand years, dogs and cats have eaten raw meat, spoiled meat, dirt, feces, grass, garbage, bones, and all sorts of bacteria-laden things.  They are biologically designed to handle pathogens, as evidenced by the presence of salmonella in their feces.

Q:  How could BARF World food have become contaminated?

A:  Whether bought directly from the manufacturer, or purchased from your local grocer, raw meat (especially poultry) contains pathogens.  The USDA has “tolerance levels” for salmonella, as it is a recognized fact of life.  This means that poultry producers are allowed to have some bacteria in their products.  Most raw meats contain low levels of pathogens most of the time.  Again, the digestive system of a dog or cat is designed to handle a higher bacterial load than that of a human.  Contamination with low levels of bacteria happens long before the ingredients arrive at the production facility for processing.

Q:  What does all this mean for my pet and me?

A:  Only you can determine if feeding a raw food diet is the right choice for your pet.  All pet foods carry some risk.  Many of the recalls from last year were for dry and canned pet foods, so there is no such thing as a bacteria-free, sterile food. Feeding a high-quality diet, made with superior ingredients, as well as following all recommendations pertaining to storage, temperature, and hygiene can reduce these risks.

Q:  How will I know if my pet has contracted salmonella?

A:  It is unlikely that your pet will contract salmonella.  However, it is possible.  Puppies, seniors, and dogs with compromised immune systems are the most likely to exhibit symptoms.  Symptoms of salmonella include vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, loss of interest in food, dehydration, weakness, and fever.  If your pet exhibits any of these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.

Q:  How can I avoid Salmonella infection?

A:  Like it states on our BARF Diet bags, make sure to handle your pet’s food like you would any raw meat product.  Wash your hands, utensils, food bowls and working surfaces with hot soapy water after coming into contact with raw meat.  Also, make sure to use a plastic bag or plastic glove when coming into contact with your pet’s stools as salmonella may be present.  As an added precaution, avoid allowing your pet to lick you right after eating.

Q:  How can I tell if my product is part of the recall?

A:  Only the BARF Lamb Patties and the BARF Combo Patties produced on July 27th, 2012 are being recalled.  The bag will have a white sticker towards the top, and the sticker will display a Use By date of 07/27/2013.  If you have recalled product at your home, please dispose of the product in a safe manner (i.e. in a securely covered trash receptacle) and contact Christopher Hampson at 1-866-282-2273 for a replacement or a refund.

Q:  What should I feed my pet in place of the recalled product?

A:  If you have recalled product at your home, please dispose of the product in a safe manner (i.e. in a securely covered trash receptacle) and contact Christopher Hampson at 1-866-282-2273 for a replacement or a refund. In the meantime, you can go ahead and continue feeding any other bags of the BARF Diet that you have in stock.

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  • Is the name of the product a candidate for Jay Leno's Headlines? If the dog does as the trademark implies, you don't want to buy it. Even if their website says "BARF is an acronym for Biologically Appropriate Raw Food." And, apparently, this batch did not meet that standard.

  • LOL - agreed.....

  • What happens to pets and humans infected by Salmonella?

    Daniel Forst
    of dog collars

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