August 26, 2021 — Top Quality Dog Food of Hyattsville, MD is recalling one batch of its “Beef HVM” product due to possible contamination with Salmonella spp. and Listeria monocytogenes bacteria.
The following product is affected by this recall.
- Beef HVM recipe
Lot Number 071521
About Salmonella and Listeria
Salmonella, Listeria, can affect animals eating the product and there is risk to humans handling contaminated 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 the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping, and fever.
Rarely, Salmonella can result in more serious ailments, including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms.
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.
Listeria monocytogenes can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, vulnerable or elderly people, and others with compromised immune systems.
Healthy people may suffer short-term symptoms such as fever, headaches, stiffness, abdominal pain, and diarrhea.
Listeria monocytogenes infections pose a serious threat to pregnant woman, as it can lead to miscarriages and stillbirths.
Listeria monocytogenes infections are uncommon in pets, but they are possible.
Symptoms may include mild to severe diarrhea; anorexia; fever; nervous, muscular, and respiratory signs; abortion; depression; shock; and death.
Healthy people should monitor themselves and their pets for symptoms.
Where Was the Product Sold?
The recalled “Beef HVM” was distributed in DC, MD, VA, DE, PA, MA, CT, and SC and product was distributed through mail order and direct delivery from 7/27/21 to 8/2/21.
The “Beef HVM” comes in a 1-pound package marked with lot #071521 on the bottom right corner of the label.
No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with the “Beef HVM” 1-pound packages in question.
What Caused the Recall?
The contamination was noted after a state surveillance sample revealed the presence of Salmonella, Listeria monocytogenes, in some 1-pound packages of Beef HVM.
The remaining “Beef HVM” batch in our possession has been quarantined and we have discontinued the distribution of this batch while FDA and our company continue their investigation as to the source of the contamination.
What to Do?
Based on its records, the High Quality claims it has already contacted those who have received this lot number.
In addition, the company encourages all customers who received this product to dispose of any unused product immediately.
If you find the “Beef HVM” 1-pound package with lot number 071521 in your possession, you’re invited to return the product to the place of purchase for a full refund.
You can contact the Top Quality Dog Food company at 240-802-6601, Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM ET.
You can also write to [email protected]
U.S. citizens can report complaints about FDA-regulated pet food products by calling the consumer complaint coordinator in your area.
Or go to the FDA’s “Report a Pet Food Complaint” page.
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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