Updated March 18, 2021
Bravo Packing, Inc. of Carneys Point, NJ has expanded their recall of pet food products to include all their pet food and bones in all package sizes. They had originally only recalled all their Ground Beef and Performance Dog brands for the potential of Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes contamination. While no illnesses have been reported to date, Bravo Packing, Inc. is recalling the products after samples of Performance Dog and a sample of Ground Beef were collected during an FDA inspection, and then tested positive for Salmonella and Listeria. The expansion is due to potential cross contamination.
Complaint Leads to Investigation
The FDA investigation was prompted by a complaint from the animal advocacy group Animal Outlook. In December 2020, Animal Outlook notified the FDA that a sample of Performance Dog Diet they had tested was positive for Salmonella. This was confirmed in a subsequent investigation by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), along with additional Listeria contamination. Unfortunately, this isn’t the first offense for Bravo Packaging. “This recall represents the latest in a long history of issues uncovered at Bravo Packing,” said Will Lowrey, Legal Counsel for Animal Outlook. “For years, Bravo Packing has profited off the bodies of horses and cows butchered in filthy, squalid conditions and then sold to the unsuspecting public. We appreciate the FDA’s swift action and are hopeful that this recall signals the beginning of the end for Bravo Packing.” In 2016 the company was caught selling feed “contaminated with Pentobarbital and Phenytoin”. In 2019 the FDA warned the public not to feed Bravo’s Performance Dog frozen raw pet food to their pets after samples tested positive for Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes. In 2020 the FDA sent the company a warning describing filthy conditions.
If the recalled food is eaten by your pets, you may notice symptoms of infection like lethargy, diarrhea, bloody stools, fever, or vomiting. They may also show signs of salmonella infection by decreased appetite, fever, or abdominal pain but can be infected and never have symptoms. If your pet has eaten the product, contact your veterinarian for a check-up. Pet owners can also contract a Salmonella or Listeria infection from handling the food or an infected pet. If you have any of the Performance Dog Food affected by the recall throw it away immediately and thoroughly clean and disinfect any storage containers, food bowls or bins, and any other items that may have come into contact with the food.
If you have any of the products in the dog food recall in your possession throw them away and call Bravo Packing, Inc. at 856-299-1044 with any questions.