J. J. Fuds Raw Pet Food Recall Expands Again

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February 4, 2015 – J.J. Fuds of Valparaiso, Indiana has announced it is expanding its recall to include all lots and products of J.J. Fuds Chicken Tender Chunks, Beef Tender Chunks and Duckling Tender Chunks Pet Food.

The affected pet foods are being recalled because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria and Salmonella.

What’s Being Recalled?

The following products are being recalled:

  • J. J. Fuds Premium Natural Blends Chicken Tender Chunks
    5 lb. bags — Product UPC Number: 654592-345935
    Manufacture/Lot Code Date: All
  • J. J. Fuds Premium Natural Blends Chicken Tender Chunks
    10 lb. bags — Product UPC Number: 654592-345805
    Manufacture/Lot Code Date: All
  • J. J. Fuds Premium Natural Blends Beef Tender Chunks
    5 lb. bags — Product UPC Number: 654592-345942
    Manufacture/Lot Code Date: All
  • J. J. Fuds Premium Natural Blends Beef Tender Chunks
    10 lb. bags — Product UPC Number: 654592-345757
    Manufacture/Lot Code Date: All
  • J. J. Fuds Premium Natural Blends Duckling Tender Chunks
    5 lb. bags — Product UPC Number: 654592-345928
    Manufacture/Lot Code Date: All
  • J. J. Fuds Premium Natural Blends Duckling Tender Chunks
    10 lb. bags — Product UPC Number: 654592-345737
    Manufacture/Lot Code Date: All

The products can be identified by the batch code (manufactured date) and UPC code printed on the back of the individual plastic bag or on the master case label.

The affected items include a frozen raw poultry or beef product and have a shelf life of one year if kept frozen. Be sure to see “Safe Handling Instructions” printed on the package.

Product Labels

All labels for the affected products can be viewed by visiting the special bulletin posted by the Food and Drug Administration on its website.

Here is an example of a label from one of the recalled products.

J J Fuds Recall Product Label

Where Was the Product Sold?

The recalled product was distributed regionally to wholesale and retail customers in the following states:

  • Indiana
  • Illinois
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Wisconsin

About Listeria and Salmonella

Listeria and Salmonella are organisms that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections 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 pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

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
  • Bloody diarrhea
  • Abdominal cramping
  • Fever

Rarely, 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.”

Animals ill with Listeria or Salmonella will display symptoms similar to the ones listed above for humans. People who have concerns about whether their pet has Listeria or Salmonella should contact their veterinarian.

What Caused This Recall?

The recall was a result of a routine sampling taken by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development resulting in a positive test for Listeria monocytogenes and Salmonella.

J. J. Fuds claims it has not received any reports to date of dogs experiencing nausea and diarrhea that may be associated with these specific products.

The company also states it has received no reports to date of human illness as a result of these products.

J.J. Fuds, Inc. will immediately start working with distributors and retailers to properly dispose of any affected product left on freezer shelves.

The company will also be working with distributors and retailers to recall this product from pet owners to ensure the proper disposal of any affected product that has been purchased.

Not all products tested positive but J.J.Fuds is issuing this action out of an abundance of caution and sincerely regrets any inconvenience to pet owners as a result of this announcement.

What to Do?

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

Pet owners who have the affected product at home should return to retailer for a refund and proper disposal.

Consumers should be very careful in handling the recalled product to prevent the spread of contamination.

Use a sealed bag or container when returning to the store for a refund.

For further information or questions about this recall, consumers may contact the company at jjfuds.com or call 888-432-5873 Monday through Friday, 8 AM to 4 PM CT.

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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  • Christine Daley

    I know but I believe their dental bones are natural and good!! Most issues have been on the food!! Greenies are a definite no!! A good raw knuckle bone probably the best!!

  • Dog_Obsessed

    Blue Buffalo has been having some quality control/labeling issues recently, so I wouldn’t recommend their food or treats. I agree with you about Greenies though.

  • Christine Daley

    Check consumer affairs on greenies. They apparently import ingredients from China and dogs get sick from these greenies!!! Many other natural choices available like zukes and blue buffalo! I personally will not use greenies!!

  • Magwheelz

    Wysong is another that does it right. Their freeze-dried raw(burgers are cool) and starch-free kibbles especially.

  • theBCnut

    Which worms are you referring to? And how does feeding raw food cause worms?

  • Christine Daley

    I feed Orijen only. Alternate the regional red and 6 fish. Add an Orijen freeze dried medallion to dinner at night!! Waiting for their new tundra formula kibble to hit the usa!! Love this food for my pups!! Freeze dried is equal to raw. Raw has many benefits for dogs but must be manufactured by the right company!! This company which I have never heard of is definitely not a good choice. The manufacturing plant is probably dirty and the food is not fresh nor processed properly!! No thank you)!

  • Jo. Unrau

    I feed Merrick’s wet & dry + greenie or dental stick once a day & 2 small milkbones ” natural not coloured” for breakfast.

  • Jo. Unrau

    I’m very glad I decided long ago that raw food is too dangerous & my baby doesn’t get it. It can also cause worms.

  • Christine Daley

    Glad I do not feed my dogs this food!! Never even beard of it!!