Pet food recalled after testing finds Salmonella and Listeria

Blue Ridge Beef is recalling certain 2 pound logs of Kitten Grind, Kitten Mix and Puppy Mix because of Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes 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.

Pets with Salmonella and Listeria 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.

On Dec. 15, the firm was notified by the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services that one lot of each of the products were sampled and tested positive for Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes. The firm is recalling all lots with the used-by dates between N24 1124 to N24 1224.

The products were distributed between Nov. 14, 2023 through Dec. 20, 2023. These products were packaged in clear plastic and sold primarily in retail stores located in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maryland, North Carolina, New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia.

The lot numbers and used by dates are located on the silver tabs at the end of the tubes.

Recalled products:

Product Size UPC All Lot #/Use By Dates Between
Kitten Grind 2lbs 8 54298 00101 6 N24 1124 to N24 1224
Kitten Mix 2lbs 8 54298 00243 6 N24 1124 to N24 1224
Puppy Mix 2lbs 8 54298 00169 6 N24 1124 to N24 1224

As of the posting of this recall, no illnesses have been reported.

Consumers who have purchased these products are urged to contact Blue Ridge Beef at for a full refund and destroy the food in a way that children, pets, and wildlife cannot access. 

Recalled pet food should not be sold or donated. Do not feed the recalled product to pets or any other animals. Wash and sanitize pet food bowls, cups, and storage containers. Consumers should always ensure they wash and sanitize their hands after handling recalled food or any utensils that come in contact with recalled food.

About Salmonella infections
Food contaminated with Salmonella bacteria does not usually look, smell, or taste spoiled. Anyone can become sick with a Salmonella infection. Infants, children, seniors, and people with weakened immune systems are at higher risk of serious illness because their immune systems are fragile, according to the CDC.

Anyone who has handled any of the recalled products and developed symptoms of Salmonella infection should seek medical attention. Sick people should tell their doctors about the possible exposure to Salmonella bacteria because special tests are necessary to diagnose salmonellosis. Salmonella infection symptoms can mimic other illnesses, frequently leading to misdiagnosis.

Symptoms of Salmonella infection can include diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever within 12 to 72 hours after eating contaminated food. Otherwise, healthy adults are usually sick for four to seven days. In some cases, however, diarrhea may be so severe that patients require hospitalization.

Older adults, children, pregnant women, and people with weakened immune systems, such as cancer patients, are more likely to develop severe illness and serious, sometimes life-threatening conditions.

Some people get infected without getting sick or showing any symptoms. However, they may still spread the infections to others.

About Listeria infections

Food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes may not look or smell spoiled but can still cause serious and sometimes life-threatening infections. Anyone who has eaten any of the recalled products and developed symptoms of Listeria infection should seek medical treatment and tell their doctors about the possible Listeria exposure.

Also, anyone who has handled any of the recalled products should monitor themselves for symptoms during the coming weeks because it can take up to 70 days after exposure to Listeria for symptoms of listeriosis to develop. 

Symptoms of Listeria infection can include vomiting, nausea, persistent fever, muscle aches, severe headache, and neck stiffness. Specific laboratory tests are required to diagnose Listeria infections, which can mimic other illnesses. 

Pregnant women, the elderly, young children, and people such as cancer patients who have weakened immune systems are particularly at risk of serious illnesses, life-threatening infections, and other complications. Although infected pregnant women may experience only mild, flu-like symptoms, their infections can lead to premature delivery, infection of the newborn, or even stillbirth.

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