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Dog and Cat Food Recall – Bravo Turkey and Chicken

Please read the following information regarding the recall due to salmonella:

 

September 26, 2014 – Bravo of Manchester, CT is recalling select lots of Bravo Turkey and Chicken pet foods for dogs and cats because they could be contaminated with Salmonella.

Bravo Dog Food Recall Label Images

About Salmonella

Salmonella can affect animals eating the products and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products or any surfaces exposed to these 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.

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.

How Was the
Product Distributed?

The recalled product was distributed nationwide beginning on November 14, 2013 to distributors, retail stores, internet retailers and directly to consumers.

What’s Being Recalled?

The product can be identified by the batch ID code (best used by date) printed on the side of the plastic tube.

1) These products are being recalled because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

RAW FOOD DIET BRAVO! TURKEY BLEND FOR DOGS AND CATS
Product Number: 31-102
Size: 2 lb. (32 OZ) plastic tubes
Best used by date: 11-05-15
UPC: 829546311025
Keep Frozen

Bravo! Blends All Natural Chicken Blend diet for dogs & cats
Product Number: 21-102
Size: 2 lb. (32 OZ) plastic tubes
Best used by date: 08-11-16
UPC: 829546211028
Keep Frozen

2) These products are being recalled out of an abundance of caution because they were manufactured in the same manufacturing facility or on the same day as products that tested positive.

Premium Turkey Formula BRAVO Balance RAW DIET
Product Number: 31-405
Size: 5 lb. (80 OZ) 2.3KG plastic tubes
Best used by date: 11-05-15
UPC: 829546314057
Keep Frozen

Bravo! Blends All Natural Chicken Blend diet for dogs & cats
Product Number: 21-105
Size: 5 lb. (80 OZ) 2.3KG plastic tubes
Best used by date: 08-11-16
UPC: 829546211059
Keep Frozen

Why It’s Being Recalled

The recall was initiated after routine testing by the Nebraska Department of Agriculture revealed the presence of Salmonella in two lots of product.

This batch tested negative by a third party independent laboratory prior to release for distribution to consumers.

No additional products affected by this recall.

The company has received no reports of illness in either people or animals associated with these products to date.

Other Products Being Withdrawn

In addition to the voluntary recall of the above products, Bravo has chosen to voluntarily withdraw the following poultry products from the marketplace to provide its customers with the certainty of safety.

Those products include all sizes (2 lb., 5 lb. and 10 lb.) of Bravo Chicken Blend(s), Bravo Turkey Blend(s), Bravo Balance Chicken Balance and Bravo Balance Premium Turkey Formula frozen raw diet products with best used by dates between June 20, 2016 and September 18, 2016.

This is being done out of an abundance of caution despite no evidence of any manufacturing defect or distribution problem.

None of these products are known to have tested positive for the presence of pathogens.

This market withdrawal has not been requested by the FDA but is being conducted voluntarily by Bravo.

What to Do

The recalled product should not be sold or fed to pets.

Pet owners who have the affected product at home should dispose of this product in a safe manner (for example, a securely covered trash receptacle).

Customers who have purchased the recalled pet food can return to the store where purchased and submit the Product Recall Claim Form available on the Bravo website for a full refund or store credit.

More information can be found at www.bravopetfoods.com. Or by calling 866-922-9222 Monday through Friday 9 am to 5 pm ET.

Regulatory Contact

U.S. citizens can report complaints about FDA-regulated pet food products by calling the consumer complaint coordinator in your area.

Or go to http://www.fda.gov/petfoodcomplaints.

Canadians can report any health or safety incidents related to the use of this product by filling out the Consumer Product Incident Report Form.

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Recipe Friday – Chicken and Rice Crockpot Style For Dogs

This is a great recipe for augmenting the food you feed to your dog.  Make sure to take into account your dog’s weight and activity level and feed accordingly:

Ingredients:
Base

  • 1 cup brown rice
  • 2 cups water

Vegetables

  • 1/2 lb. green beans, broken into segments
  • 1 medium sweet potato, raw, cut into medium-sized chunks (leave skin on)
  • 3 carrots, sliced into about 1″ thick rounds

Protein

  • 2 boneless chicken breasts (with or without skin)

 

Directions:
1. Put all ingredients into the crockpot in the order given (layer, don’t mix).

2. Cook on low for about 8 hours, on high for about 5 hours.

3. When done, stir, breaking up the chicken into small pieces. Everything will be quite soft.

4. Let cool and serve; can be used with a quality kibble or by itself, in a serving size appropriate for your dog’s weight and activity level.

Refrigerate unused portion; keeps up to three days.

Substitutions are allowed! For vegetables, try broccoli florets, zucchini, spinach or any of several types of squash. For the protein source, beef cubes, turkey or lamb also work. Use organic ingredients if possible.

Recipe Friday – Strawberry Chicken Treats For Dogs Grain & Gluten Free

Here is a great recipe for dogs that have food allergies and even for those who do not.  The strawberries add a sweet touch to the treat!

Ingredients:

  • 1 Chicken breast, cooked and chopped
  • 1 Cup chopped Strawberries (approximately 3 large strawberries)
  • 2 Tablespoons Honey
  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/4 Cup Milk
  • 1 1/2 Cup Buckwheat Flour

 

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.

2. In a large bowl add all ingredients and mix well.

3. Knead dough into ball and pat onto a heavily floured surface 1/2 inch thick, this is a very sticky dough so you wont be able to use a rolling pin and its best to work in small sections.  Cut with your cookie cutter of choice.

4. Place on prepared baking sheet and bake for 10 to 15 minutes.

5. Cool and refrigerate.  Depending on the cookie cutter, you can make 2-4 dozen treats.

Recipe Friday – Chicken Carrot Broccoli Dog treats (Wheat Free)

With everything going on in the country right now, it seems trivial to be writing this blog.  I do hope that all who read this are well and safe and maybe reading this blog can be a small bright spot in what has been a very heavy week.

Ingredients
:

  • 1 Chicken breast, cooked and chopped
  • 1 cup finely grated Carrots
  • 1/2 cup chopped Broccoli
  • 1 teaspoon Lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons Butter, softened
  • 1 Egg
  • 2 cups Oat Flour

 

Directions
:

  1. In a large bowl mix in all ingredients one at a time, stirring well after each addition
  2. Divide the dough into fourths and place each ball of dough on to a piece of wax paper.
  3. Shape the dough into rolls about 1 1/2 inches in diameter and wrap each in plastic wrap or foil and allow to chill in the refrigerator for at least three hours.
  4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  5. To bake, slice rolls about 1/4 inch and bake on prepared baking sheet for 15 to 20 minutes. Cool and refrigerate.
  6. The rolls can be frozen for about four weeks, if working with frozen rolls it is best to let the stand at room temperature for about 15 to 20 minutes before slicing.

Dog Food Recall – Nature’s Variety Raw Dog Food

Instead of a product review, I am posting this dog food recall.  It is one batch that is being recalled, please read on:

February 15, 2013 – Nature’s Variety has announced a voluntary recall of one batch of Instinct Raw Organic Chicken Formula with a “Best if Used By” date of 10/04/13.Nature's Variety Raw Organic Chicken

This action is being taken because pieces of clear plastic may be present in some bags and could cause a potential choking risk to pets.

The source of plastic has been identified and the issue has been resolved.

What Products Are Affected?

The affected product is strictly limited to a single batch of Organic Chicken Formula with the “Best if Used By” date of 10/04/13. This includes:

  • Instinct Raw Organic Chicken Formula patties, 6 lbs. bag
  • Instinct Raw Organic Chicken Formula patties, 36 lbs. case
  • Instinct Raw Organic Chicken Formula medallions, 3 lbs. bag
  • Instinct Raw Organic Chicken Formula medallions, 27 lbs. case

The “Best if Used By” date is located on the back of the package below the “Contact Us” section.

Where Were the Products Distributed?

The affected product was distributed through retail stores and internet sales in the United States and Canada. No other products were impacted.

Nature’s Variety became aware of a potential issue after receiving a consumer complaint. The source of the issue was identified and resolved.

To date, there have been no reports of harm to dogs or cats.

What to Do

Consumers feeding the affected product should discontinue use and monitor their pet’s health, and contact their veterinarian if they have concerns.

Consumers who have purchased one of the above products can obtain a full refund or exchange by either returning the product in its original packaging or bringing a proof of purchase back to their retailer.

Consumers with additional questions can call the Nature’s Variety Consumer Relations team at 888-519-7387 Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm CST.

Or click this link to email the company directly.

You can report complaints about FDA-regulated pet food products by calling the consumer complaint coordinator in your area.

Or go to http://www.fda.gov/petfoodcomplaints.

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Recipe Friday – Chicken and Rice Crockpot Style

Since it is the season for warm, comfort food and soups, I thought I would share this recipe for our furry friends:

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup brown rice
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 lb. green beans, broken into segments
  • 1 medium sweet potato, raw, cut into medium-sized chunks (leave skin on)
  • 3 carrots, sliced into about 1″ thick rounds
  • 2 boneless chicken breasts (with or without skin)

Directions:
1. Put all ingredients into the crockpot in the order given (layer, don’t mix).

2. Cook on low for about 8 hours, on high for about 5 hours.

3. When done, stir, breaking up the chicken into small pieces. Everything will be quite soft.

4. Let cool and serve; can be used with a quality kibble or by itself, in a serving size appropriate for your dog’s weight and activity level.

Refrigerate unused portion; keeps up to three days.

Substitutions are allowed! For vegetables, try broccoli florets, zucchini, spinach or any of several types of squash. For the protein source, beef cubes, turkey or lamb also work. Use organic ingredients if possible.

Recipe Friday – Lucky Putty Kitty Chicken Dinner

This recipe will feed 1-4 cats depending on how much you feed and their age/size.  It is enough for one cat for at least four days and can keep in the fridge for one week.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of plain cooked chicken, diced into chunks (can be breasts, thighs, whichever you prefer)
  • 1/2 cup plain cooked rice
  • 1/2 cup plain frozen broccoli, cooked/steamed
  • 1/4 cup plain steamed carrots, chopped
  • chicken broth

 

Preparation:

Put all the ingredients into a food processor except the broth. Process ingredients on high, then slowly pour in the broth until the stuff takes-on a pasty consistency. You are basically making cat food and you want the consistency of canned cat food.  You can also use different meat if your cat cannot process chicken.  You can also use chicken livers for this food, your cat, if she/he is anything like Isis, will go nuts for the liver.