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Vital Essentials dog food recall

Special to the Courier

Carnivore Meat Company of Green Bay, Wisconsin, has voluntarily recalled a single lot of Vital Essentials Frozen Chicken Patties Entrée for Dogs due to possible contamination with Salmonella bacteria.
The single lot involved in this voluntary recall is Vital Essentials Frozen Chicken Patties Entrée for Dogs, net weight 6 pounds; UPC 33211 00807, Lot # 11475 Best by date 20161108 (11/08/16). The "Best By" date code and lot # is located on the back of the package.
The affected product was distributed in California, Florida, Georgia, Rhode Island, Texas and Washington.
Officials with the Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) selected and tested product as part of a national collection initiative, which was issued by the Center of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) on June 3, 2015.
The Agency notified Carnivore Meat Company that one of the samples collected had tested positive for Salmonella - bacteria commonly associated with fresh and frozen poultry, in human and in pet products.
There have been no customer complaints reported and no other product manufactured by Carnivore is involved in this recall.
Salmonella can cause serious illness or fatal infection in young children, frail or elderly people and others with weakened immune systems.
Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal cramping and diarrhea. Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product should contact their healthcare providers.
Those who purchased a bag of the affected product, are asked to call the company at 920-370-6542, between 9 am and 4 pm, CST, Monday-Friday. The company will assist consumers in obtaining replacement or a full refund from the local retailer for the original purchase.
If the package has been opened, the company suggests that the raw food be disposed of in a safe manner, accomplished by securing it in a covered trash receptacle.
United States citizens can report complaints about FDA-regulated pet food products by visiting http://www.fda.gov/petfoodcomplaints.