Stella and Chewy’s Dog Food Alert
On July 2, 2015, the Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) announced on its website that they have issued a stop sale order on Stella and Chewy’s freeze dried chicken patties dog food, which has tested positive of Listeria monocytogenes. The lot number is: 111-15. The bags will have a use by date of April 23, 2016.
Listeria is dangerous to dogs and it can be deadly to humans, particularly small children, the elderly and people with auto immune disorders. The MDA advises consumers who have unopened bags of this dog food to keep it sealed and to throw it away. For those who have opened bags, the MDA recommends the use of disposable gloves to place the bag in a doubled up plastic bag before sealing and discarding in the trash. Although not explicitly said, the food should be discarded in the outdoor trash containers and out of the home altogether.
According to the press release, the listeria was identified by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration which is undertaking a surveillance of raw pet food. The MDA press release is MDA Stella and Chewy’s Stop Sale.
The Stella and Chewy’s website has yet to post any update, although searching on their site by the lot number yields a clear report for Salmonella and e.Coli, Stella and Chewy’s lot 111-15.