Vital Essentials Dog Food Recall | January 2016


January 15, 2016 — Carnivore Meat Company of Green Bay, Wisconsin, has announced it is voluntarily recalling a single lot of Vital Essentials Frozen Chicken Patties Entrée for Dogs due to possible contamination with Salmonella bacteria.

Vital Essentials Dog Food Recall January 2016

What’s Being Recalled?

The single lot involved in this voluntary recall is:

  • Vital Essentials Frozen Chicken Patties Entrée for Dogs
    Net weight 6 pounds
    UPC 33211 00807
    Lot # 11475
    Best by date 20161108 (11/08/16)

The “Best By” date code and lot # is located on the back of the package.

Where Was It Distributed?

The affected product was distributed in the following states:

  • California
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Rhode Island
  • Texas
  • Washington

Why Was It Recalled?

The Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) selected and tested product as part of a national collection initiative, which was issued by the Center of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) on June 3, 2015.

The Agency notified Carnivore Meat Company that one of the samples collected, tested positive for Salmonella, bacteria commonly associated with fresh and frozen poultry, in human and in pet products.

There have been no customer complaints reported.

No other product manufactured by Carnivore is involved in this recall.

About Salmonella

Salmonella can cause serious illness or fatal infection 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 cramping and diarrhea.

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

What to Do?

If you are a consumer and have purchased a bag of the affected product, please call the the company at 920-370-6542 Monday-Friday, 9 AM to 4 PM CST.

The company will assist you in obtaining replacement or a full refund from your local retailer for your original purchase.

If your package has been opened, the company suggests that you dispose of the raw food in a safe manner. This can be accomplished by securing it in a covered trash receptacle.

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

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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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  • Alex Woodman

    I hope raw foods are taken off the market or irradiated.

  • Kathy Niskala

    I was talking about the chicken,turkey and beef proteins..I don’t use venison or rabbit…the NV beef 15% protein fat 8% …Primal beef 14% protein 14% fat…,NV chicken 15% protein 9%fat Primal chicken 12% protein 11% fat..obviously more fat in Primal..even Mike says that some of Primal is not suitable for all animals because of the fat to protein ratios……..regardless of price,in my opinion NV is the better product because of the less fat in the proteins I use….

  • Ellie

    I see the FDA is hitting the raw dog food industry hard. I’m sure they want to make the numbers look bad for raw dog food. They announced last year that they were going after raw and they have done it.
    More people are getting their pets off the highly processed crap that the pet food industry has been selling.
    ALL raw meats have such organisms on it. If they tested the meat on your grocery store shelf they would have to have a giant recall of everything they are selling!

  • Kathy Niskala

    I also use the various raws….Most of them use HPP except Vitals do not…but… I think Primal really has too much fat in their raw food,I am leaning more with Natures Variety Raw,way less fat per protein…then I also use North West Naturals raw too…but who knows when any of them can get pulled..