Blue Ridge Beef Pet Food Recall | January 2017


January 17, 2017 — Blue Ridge Beef of Eatonton, Georgia, has announced it is voluntarily recalling one lot of its Turkey with Bone raw frozen product due to its potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

What’s Being Recalled?

The affected product is sold in 2 pound chubs and can be identified with the following manufacturing codes:

  • Blue Ridge Beef Turkey with Bone
  • Size: 2 pound chubs
  • UPC Code 854298001887
  • Lot #103 mfdga12716

About Listeria

Listeria can affect animals eating the product.

And there is a 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 surface exposed to these products.

Healthy people infected with Listeria monocytogenes should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever.

Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product should contact their healthcare provider.

Where Was It Distributed?

The affected products were distributed to retail stores in the following states:

  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • North Carolina
  • South Carolina

What Caused the Recall?

This recall was initiated as a result of an FDA inspection and sampling of the product. This recall is being made with the knowledge of the US Food and Drug Administration.

What to Do?

Consumers who have purchased the above lot of Blue Ridge Beef Turkey with Bone raw frozen product are urged to stop feeding the product and return it to the place of purchase for a full refund.

Or dispose of the affected product immediately.

Those with questions can email the company at [email protected]

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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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  • Lilly Luna

    I feed tripe…my dogs love it and thrive on it. It is rich in nutrients, enzymes and fat… I imagine human “poop” of yesteryear is a far cry from what we are producing today. I am pretty sure my dogs would not wish to eat what we convenience food loving humans produce. Hahaha. Of course, dogs in their natural state will also eat rotten food, yet I do not choose to feed my dogs rotten food either. I don’t feel that natural diets and common sense are mutually exclusive.

  • Teresa Sapphire Horner

    Well im new on learning alot about dog food and trying to now since my dog has algeries. I did have her on bentiful for couple yrs and switched to pure balance but she done better for awhile so i thought. Ppl really dont understand. My dog was getting these bumps on her body… And i knew and talked to vet cause shes 5 but half english bulldog and terrier, neways i knowed it had to be a food allergie or environment… So again i switched to no grain. Basic blu and ive inherited. My patents house but my dog phobie will scrathch her back on carpets etc and i got to thinking cause i had been eliminating things and my carpets in bedroom are old and im disabled n on fixed income so i made sure i closed bedroom doors. Sure enough phobies bumps are clear now, so it had to be this old carpet but also u seem to know alot about things. Far as you know is blu a good dog food n good vits? Ppl really do need to reconize food these days tht we eat isnt even good for us. Muchless our furbabies. Thank u n God bless each

  • theBCnut

    HaHaHa!!! That’s very sweet of you. Unfortunately, I’ve already read it and it didn’t help for my one dog that is a dedicated poop eater, and I live on a farm where I can’t control all the factors that would need to be controlled anyway. Fortunately, he is a very healthy dog, so nothing he eats makes him sick.

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  • Holly H

    Thank you for the email about this Blue Ridge Beef recall. However, the email includes a link which may confuse some people. Here is the link:

    Blue Ridge Beef Pet Food Recall of January 2016

    Some people may ignore this thinking it is actually warning them about a product from a year ago. Just thought you’d like to know…

  • theBCnut

    As to why people choose to emulate a wolf’s ancestral diet rather than a dog’s, I think there are 2 camps. First believe that a dog is not very far removed from a wolf, as far as nutritional needs. They do perfectly fine on a wolf’s diet, better than on many dog foods. Second would be ignorance, either by not knowing the difference or because nothing is written about what ancestral dogs actually ate. There is some conjecture, but not much real proof.

    Same problem with ancestral wolves really. We can guess at what they ate based on XYZ, but that isn’t proof of what they ate. All we can really assume is that without man’s interference, they likely had a largely carnivorous, whole prey diet with other edibles tossed in as available, and it was likely very low carb, since humans were the ones that concentrated high carb crops.

    As long as the ones trying to emulate a wolf’s diet feed a variety of whole prey items, try to be aware of what other edibles need to be added for the specific vitamins, minerals, etc. that may be lacking in whole prey, and add sourced of probiotics and maybe digestive enzymes(that’s mostly what they are getting from poop), then the fact that they are feeding a wolf rather than a dog is probably moot. Also, I doubt it matters over much if they are feeding readily available variety rather than period specific variety. It’s a rare day that my dogs get caribou or bison or ground squirrel or any number of prey animals that a wolf would have eaten back in the day, but they do get what I think is a close enough equivalent. But I’m not really into ancestral diets either, just what works for my messed up mutt. I do know people who think they are feeding an ancestral wolf diet that feed nothing but grocery store chicken and grocery store beef, but you and I both know that’s not what they are really doing.

    As a side note, Border Collies, as a breed, were developed eating a lot of porridge and a little meat and fat, a very high carb diet. It doesn’t seem to have changed their genetics any. Even though they can obviously survive on a high carb diet, they still do better on a diet with more protein.

    One of mine(Micah) doesn’t do well at all on a high carb diet, but the other(Gideon) seems to be able to eat anything. Gideon’s also my poop eater, all poop, all the time. Micah is one that doesn’t do well on carbs and is the one that doesn’t eat poop. He has PLENTY of opportunity, he just chooses not to. Hmmm. Now I have a theory…

  • aimee

    Pig feces could be a good substitute.

    Why do you suppose people who advance this idea of “natural” feeding are trying to emulate a wolf’s diet and not that of a dog? I’d think that to be true to their ideals they should emulate an ancestral dog diet and not a wolf diet.

    If following a wolf’s ancestral diet than that begs the question as to what that was. Thought is that because people have limited wolf habitat the diet of today’s wolves is very different from what their natural chosen diet would be.

    It is a continuing two fold curiosity to me that people who advance this idea of “species appropriate” base their idea of what to feed their dog on the diet of a wolf and not of a dog and then emulate a modern wolf diet vs a proper ancestral wolf diet one.

    I guess bottom line is if you choose to feed your dog like a wolf
    incorporate a small amount of herbivore feces. The feces of herbivores would more likely reflect what the wolf ate. I’d think it would have been a small percent of the diet. If on the other hand you desire to feed your dog a more natural and correct diet, a true ancestral dog diet, use liberal amounts of omnivore feces.

  • theBCnut

    So pig might work? Since most people who are feeding their dog an “ancestral diet” are feeding a wolf’s ancestral diet and the wolf wouldn’t have as much access to human feces, I think rabbit, deer, and buffalo should work, so rabbit, goat, and cow should be close enough, as long as the rabbit, goat, and cow are being fed their ancestral diet. Oh, and of course, add hog to the list.

  • aimee

    To follow the true ancestral diet of the dog I think it should be human feces. I suppose you could substitute feces form other mammalian omnivores.

    The feces of herbivores has a totally different composition so I wouldn’t consider that an appropriate substitute for the fecal portion of the ancestral diet.

  • Deb Semko

    There’s always a potential with raw meat, hell even the meat we buy for ourselves do too. A few people are overlooking –> “voluntarily recalling one lot of its Turkey with Bone raw frozen product due to its potential to be contaminated”. If others are worried about vitamins and other nutrients well then just add it to their meal, its simple. My dog has not done well on kibble (I tried numerous brand/formulas, there was one brand but still had stomach issues) I learned and read up about feeding raw for over 6 months and finally made the switch. She has not had ANY stomach issues (vomit) in 3 months of feeding this product, her dandruff has cleared up, and have noticed she’s happier because she is not having issues. I happy that this company volunteers to remove potential contaminated product for the sake of our pets.

  • Crazy4cats

    If you really loved your dogs, you would. Lol!!!!

  • theBCnut

    Does it have to be human, or will any poop do? My dogs eat dog, cat, chicken, rabbit, goat, sheep, cow, and various other poops. Do you think this will suffice? Or should I start a potty spot in the yard for myself?

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  • aimee

    Lilly Luna,

    I see dogs as being very flexible in regards to meeting their nutrient needs, they can thrive on a variety of diets. I have no horse in this race.

    But I’m curious, an item that I always finding missing from the diet of dogs whose caregivers purportedly adhere to a “species appropriate” diet is human poop.

    Scientists seem to agree that human poop was a food source that helped bring about the evolution and domestication of the dog. As a “species appropriate” feeder can you explain why the purportedly “species appropriate” diet you adhere to actually far removed from the natural diet of early dogs? Feces was and in some cultures as I understand still is a natural part of dog’s diet yet one that “natural” feeders ignore. Why is that?

  • aimee

    Hi Karen,

    After careful consideration I conclude that this company falls far far short of fantastic. The “complete diet has levels of Vit A that exceed safe limits while at the same time the Vit E levels are very low.

    Listeria is a pathogen of mammals not poultry. This is a clear indication that the company is not cleaning their equipment as they should be.

    The FDA has had to step in last month and this month for recalls.
    Recalls are always “voluntary” The fact that they did a “voluntary” recall is not to their credit.

    You can achieve healthy feeding in a variety of ways.

  • Lynne

    Wow Valerie, education goes along way, you might do your dogs a favor and
    do some research. Classy? Snooty? What are you talking about? What exactly do you mean by this comment? It’s very troll like, are you getting paid to write this?
    These are my dogs that have eaten Blue Ridge Beef
    for years. Dog on bottom left is 14 yrs.

  • Christine Daley

    Dawn your dog may benefit from you increasing your knowledge on the ingredients in dog food. Rachel ray contains many controversial ingredients including soy bean meal, corn, corn gluten,iron oxide and menadione just to name a few. Menadione can lead to liver toxicity!! Not really anywhere near a good pet food!! FYI!!

  • Lilly Luna

    Valerie, this is NOT a snooty snobby food fad. This is a species appropriate diet that dogs have eaten and thrived on for millennia. Raw bones are not brittle like cooked bones..(which would potentially hurt your pet). I began to feed raw because my breeder who bred racing champions had three teenage dogs in her couch when I went to pick my pups and these dogs all still had puppy white teeth! The longevity and vitality in her line was amazing and she credits it in part to feeding species appropriate. My pups both grew up to be Field Champions in Lure Coursing and at four and a half years of age still have beautiful white teeth and are incredibly healthy. I do not believe that species appropriate feeding is for everyone, if you are lazy and don’t want to be bothered to do the math and figure out the correct portions of protein, bone and organ, then stick to your denatured “food like products” that you believe to be superior, but when you are running your pup into the vet for teeth cleanings every two years, and their allergic responses are off the charts and they die young of devastating diseases because your vet “just can’t figure out what is wrong with them….” remember this thread where you threw rocks at people who you don’t know over a topic of which you are profoundly ill informed.

  • Dawn J Vanderpool

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  • Karen Rabbitt

    Sorry you’re so uninformed about healthy feeding. This is a fantastic company and its a voluntary recall.

  • Karen Rabbitt
  • Another Dog food recall. I would not have touched this or even considered buying it. FROZEN TURKEY with BONE.
    Give me a break. Anything else these snooty people that think this is special and classy way of feeding your pet.
    Sounds like a problem and it ended up being one and I am not surprised. They could supply me food free
    for a year I would not accept it. No thanks makes me sick to picture in my mind them grinding Turkey
    with bone and than freeze it.
    Sounds like roadkill to me.