Raws for Paws is recalling their dog food due to possible Salmonella contamination after reported illnesses, including two children who have been infected with Salmonella Reading.
Raws for Paws is sold online and distributed throughout Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa. The company sells and ships its products directly to customers through online mail orders.
The Minnesota Department of Health reports that two children in a single household got sick. One of the children ended up with septicemia, a blood infection, and osteomyelitis, a painful and serious bone infection, the FDA said.
Testing done by the Minnesota Department of Health and the Minnesota Department of Agriculture demonstrated that the same strain of Salmonella Reading found in the children was also found in four samples of Raws for Paws “Ground Turkey Food for Pets” that was used to feed the family dog, according to an advisory that the Federal Drug Administration posted in addition to the company’s recall notice.
The outbreak is of particular public health importance because of the potential hazard to both human and animal health, according to the FDA’s outbreak advisory.
People and dogs exposed to Raw for Paws are to seek medical attention immediately if they develop symptoms of Salmonellosis. Symptoms can include nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps, diarrhea that is watery or bloody, fever and headache.
Raws for Paws urges consumers to stop using the ground turkey and contact the company at 612-465-0372.
NOTE: We always recommend washing your hands thoroughly after handling dog food and dog treats.