Steve’s Real Food Recalled Due to Salmonella


March 7, 2013 – Steve’s Real Food of Murray, Utah has announced it is recalling its 5 pound bags of Turducken Canine Diet 8 ounce patties due to potential contamination with Salmonella.

The recalled products were distributed from October 2012 through January 2013 in retail stores in…
Steve's Real Food Turducken

  • California
  • Connecticut
  • Massachusetts
  • Maine
  • Minnesota
  • New Hampshire
  • New York
  • Tennessee

The product is sold in 5 pound green and cream colored bags with lot number 209-10-27-13 and an expiration date of October 27, 2013.

No illnesses have been reported in connection with this event.

About Salmonella

Salmonella can affect animals eating the products.

In addition, there’s 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 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 have these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.

What Caused the Recall?

The potential for contamination was noted after a routine sampling of one 5 pound bag by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture.

Production of the product has been suspended while the company and the FDA continue their investigation as to the source of the problem.

What to Do?

Consumers who have purchased 5 lb. bags of Steve’s Real Food Turducken Canine Recipe are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund.

Consumers with questions should contact the company at 801-540-8481 or [email protected] Monday through Friday from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm MST.

You can report complaints about FDA-regulated pet food products by calling the consumer complaint coordinator in your area.

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  • people

  • WOW!! You are so right, I happen to work for the company in question.

  • Pattyvaughn

    The FDA didn’t recall it. Steve’s and Bravo did their own recalls due to concern for their customers.

  • I find it kind of funny that the FDA recalled this being as they pass poison being in human food everyday. What about the dogfood companies that dont have tainted food but yet it contains Euthanized dogs and cats? Ingredients such as “meat” and “animal fat” hmmm why wont they tell you what animal it is? There is a fine line I guess. Are people aware that dogs stomachs contain A LOT of salmonella naturally? that is why most dogs can go out in the woods and eat a 10 day old dear and get nothing but bad gas and the craps. Its not because its rotten, its because they aren’t used to eating it. I mean I understand why this company recalled it, but the people bashing this company should know the facts. I dont even use this dog food. I make my dogs food homemade while I know it is time consuming I understand why some people cant. Before you bash a good company though please know your stuff!!!

  • Hound Dog Mom

    I’ve fed my three dogs raw for almost two years now and they’ve never gotten salmonella or any other food borne illness. It’s definitely possible for a dog to contract salmonella, but for a healthy dog it would be VERY unlikely. An immune compromised dog would be more at risk which is why it’s generally wise to feed immune compromised dogs cooked food.

  • I’m sure they contract salmonella in the wild sometimes too, we just don’t know about it. Then again, their prey is eating things that are natural so salmonella probably isn’t a big problem in the wild anyway.

  • Jared Dominguez

    I wasn’t aware that dogs could even get salmonella. Havent they been eating things raw for who knows how long? They have all these illnesses and disease spreading organisms associated with undercooked animal products, and some how dogs are still doing okay. It’s not like they can choose to cook their food in the wild haha..

  • losul

    A dogs likeliness to become ill from salmonella depends upon the amount of salmonella, previous exposure, the age and health of the dog, etc.

    I have seen studies where like 18% of grocery store fresh chicken from wide samplings have some salmonella contamination.

    I’m mostly a raw feeder BTW, for past 6 months. My dog has never even had so much as diarrhea to my knowledge, and I see probably more than 95% of his scats.

  • Marie

    Vampires are a misunderstood ethnic group.

  • MuddyPaws

    I would advise anyone who is seriously concerned about the quality of Steve’s brand as a result of this recall to first research salmonella and dogs (it is VERY unlikely for a dog to become sick from eating food tainted with salmonella) and to remember that salmonella recalls can even happen in good quality human grocery stores on occasion. There is almost no way to guarantee that a food will be salmonella free, and steps to reduce risk involve additional processing, which in my opinion defeats the purpose of raw diets. This recall is a result of FDA concern about humans mishandling raw meats, not an indication of a poor quality product. This should not be compared to a food being recalled for melamine contamination(a toxic chemical additive), as many large brands were several years ago.

  • m.ward1993

    who is stupid enough to lick raw meat off their fingers??

  • m.ward1993

    A lot of companies left/are leaving Diamond. Wellness, Canidae, Natural Balance…I think its great that they are taking the initiative to move out.

  • kirsten zielinski

    what you need to do is not lick your fingers when feeding and not worry about it unless you or your dog has an immune issue.

  • Pattyvaughn

    Steve’s wouldn’t want to wait until someone died!! Good Grief!
    I love conspiracy theories! Do you think it was aliens or republicans that caused this to happen?

  • BClover

    Wake up, it was ROUTINE sampling, do you expect them to sample all the product that comes into Minnesota? Thankfully they are pulling samples and testing and I believe the recall was initiated by Steve’s, not the regulators. Might be a good idea for Steve’s to start testing each production run and get results before it goes out the door as a way to show they care about the quality of their product.

  • Kaitlan

    No, any dog food always has the risk of recall but you can buy dog food that has much more handy manufacturers and not buying dog food made by Diamond as they have recalls yearly, I feed my dogs Wellness Core and have fed my dogs Wellness Super5mix though Super5mix did have a recall last year I believe on Large Breed Puppy but then stated they will never use Diamond company as co partners in their dog food. ANY dog food can be recalled even if they’ve never had a recall and have been going for years that is why you must keep track on your dogs food recalls and any recalls with treats or dog food.

  • m.ward1993

    nothing is 100% even if you make your own food, the ingredients come from somewhere else, and we are all human. I am just glad this site alerts us when a recall happens so that if the food you feed comes up you will be ready.

  • LabsRawesome

    Wake up people. A recall can happen to ANY dog food. Don’t freak out, but the food YOU are eating right now could be tainted and on tomorrow’s recall list….Sh!t happens.

  • C Dabis

    Only one 5 pound bag by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture was tested? That’s an over-reach if I ever heard of one. My goodness, a recall like this could ruin the company. One bag??? Plus, “No illnesses have been reported in connection with this event.”

    This recall does not seem to be right, at best very suspicious on the part of the Minnesota Department of Agriculture and the FDA.

  • Gregory

    Are there ANY safe human foods ????

  • Ice Pony Girl

    Are there ANY safe dog foods! UGH!