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Northwest Farm Food Cooperative Recalls Frozen Raw Cat Food

 Northwest Farm Food Cooperative of Burlington, WA, is voluntarily recalling frozen raw Cat Food with the code Jul12015B due to their potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.
Salmonella can affect animals eating the products and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products.
Healthy people infected with Salmonella should monitor themselves for some, or all, of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. Rarely, Salmonella can result in more serious ailments, including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms. Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product should contact their healthcare providers.
Pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Some pets will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Infected, but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.
No pet or consumer illnesses from this product have been reported to date. However, because of their commitment to safety and quality, Northwest Farm Food Cooperative is conducting a voluntary recall of this product.
The potentially affected lots of frozen raw Cat Food were sold from our facility 1370 S. Anacortes Street Burlington, WA 98233.
The affected products are sold in 50 pound blocks and cases of six 10 pound chubs; packaged in a white plastic bag labeled Cat Food. The products affected by this recall have the production code Jul12015B and have no UPC code. The production code can be found on the outside of the case (box).
The recall was the result of a sampling done by the Food and Drug Administration which revealed that the finished product contained the bacteria. The company has ceased the production and distribution of the product as FDA and the company continues their investigation as to what caused the problem.
This recall is being made with the knowledge of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Consumers who have purchased the above lots of frozen raw Cat Food are urged to stop feeding them and return product to place of purchase for a full refund or dispose of them immediately. For further information about the recall please call (360) 757-4225 Monday through Friday from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm PST.

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A Message From Our President at Flint River Ranch Natural Pet Foods

As a distributor of Flint River Ranch Natural Pet Foods, Happy Walk Happy Dog brings this message from our President, Jay P. Margedent.

We’ve had a lot of calls & emails of concern about the recall by Natura ™ (bought by Proctor & Gamble the other year) products and what’s happening in this industry. Obviously, there is still a lot of fear in the pet community about origin of ingredients, bacteria and salmonella, in particular. For those who don’t know, Natura ™ has issued a recall last week on their product line(s) due to salmonella contamination. http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm345971.htm This recall affects all of their product lines (EVO, Innova, Karma, Healthwise and California Natural) with an up expiration date going up to March 24th, 2014. They want it all discarded. I don’t know if Natura’s issue is just with chicken-based products. I believe that they are pulling a lot of products so that they get every product that could present a contamination issue. Their goal is to insure pets don’t get sick, and the purchasers of their products don’t either. Bacteria; in slight amounts, can actually be handled by a healthy pet fairly well as pets hold food in an acidic gut for a good period of time before it gets passed into the rest of the digestive tract. Bacteria will be destroyed by digestive acids in the stomach and not cause a specified risk to a healthy pet. Humans on the other hand digest food quicker than pets, constantly put our fingers to our faces & mouth and we’ll get sicker from the residual salmonella that is still viable when it gets into our digestive tract.

Now, I’m not saying that this recall isn’t necessary, or that we should be content with salmonella in our pets’ products and not be reactive. Quite the contrary, we should all be vigilant about bacteria around our food preparation area and the proper handling of all pet food products and treats. Flint River Ranch has been active in insuring that all of our products are provided from certified sources and we test ingredients and monitor all aspects of our production and maintain its cleanliness. To date, Flint River Ranch has not been part of any recall and we continue to try our best to make sure that we don’t ever have an issue like this happen (we don’t wish this issue on any manufacture, much less their customers). I guess it’s the nice part of being one of the “little guys”; we’re not trying to jam a million pounds of products out into the market. We focus on small batches of established, holistic formulas. We’re not trying to be all things to every possible customers. We focus on the quality of our ingredients and foods, not on how much we could produce.

In all, manufactures do not want you to get sick from handling their products, which is the main reason for these recalls; to prevent human illness from handling these products. No illnesses have been reported; either human or animal, with this current Natura™ recall, yet the public frustrations at continued recalls is apparent. I am posting an article for proper food handling on our company Facebook page (click on the link above). Please review it just to insure that you’ve got all your practices handled when it comes to feeding and dealing with your pet on a daily basis. Maybe something in that article will prompt a different method of handling your pets food and help keep your pets and family free from illness.

Thank you for being involved and your support of our little company!

Jay P. Margedant, President
Flint River Ranch
http://www.frrco.com

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