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« on: September 19, 2007, 11:45:57 AM »

http://www.bravorawdiet.com/recallinfo.html

Vernon, CT – Bravo! announces a voluntary recall of select tubes of three of its poultry products for cats and dogs. The pet food is being recalled because two of the products have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes, while the other product has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

Both Salmonella and Listeria are organisms which can cause serious infections in dogs and cats, and if there is cross contamination, in people, especially small children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy people with Salmonella infection may only suffer short-term symptoms, such as high fever, severe headache, vomiting, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea. Long term complications can include arthritis and other more serious ailments. Healthy people with Listeria infection may only suffer short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea. Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

The company has received no reports of illness in either people or animals associated with any of the three products.

The recalled products are distributed nationwide to distributors, retail stores, internet sales and directly to consumers, and they can be identified by the batch ID code located on the hang tag attached to the bottom of the plastic film tubes. The recalled products should not be sold or fed to pets. Pet owners should return unopened frozen tubes of food to the store where purchased for a full refund. Pet owners should dispose of opened tubes of product in a safe manner (example, a securely covered trash receptacle) and return the washed plastic batch ID tag to the store where purchased for a full refund.

Recalled Pet Food:

Product: Bravo Original Formula Chicken Blend frozen raw food
Product Numbers: 21-102, 21-105, 21-110
Sizes: 2 pound, 5 pound and 10 pound tubes
Batch ID code (on hang tag): 236
Reason for Recall: Salmonella, Listeria

Product: Bravo Original Formula Turkey Blend frozen raw food
Product Numbers: 31-102, 31-105, 31-110
Sizes: 2 pound, 5 pound and 10 pound tubes
Batch ID code (on hang tag): 236
Reason for Recall: Listeria

Product: Bravo Basic Formula Finely Ground Chicken frozen raw food
Product Number: 21-212
Size: 2 pound tube
Batch ID Code (on hang tag): 226
Reason for Recall: Salmonella, Listeria

Other Batch IDs for these same products are not involved in the recall.

Bravo! is issuing this action out of an abundance of caution and sincerely regrets any inconvenience to pet owners as a result of this announcement. This voluntary recall has been issued because the FDA detected the bacteria in samples during a recent review.

In an effort to prevent the transmission of Salmonella from pets to family members and care givers, the FDA recommends that everyone follow appropriate pet food handling guidelines when feeding their pets. A list of safe pet food handling tips can be found at:
http://www.fda.gov/cvm/CVM_Updates/foodbornetips.htm.

People may risk Salmonella infection not only by handling these pet foods, but also by contact with pets or other surfaces exposed to these foods, so it is important that they thoroughly wash their hands with hot water and soap. Anyone who is experiencing the symptoms of Salmonella or Listeria infection after having handled the recalled product should seek medical attention. Consumers may report any complaints to FDA's local District Complaint Coordinator’s located on the FDA website: http://www.fda.gov/opacom/backgrounders/complain.html.

Healthy cats and dogs rarely become sick from Salmonella. Animals ill with Salmonella will display symptoms similar to the ones listed above for humans. People who have concerns about whether their pet has Salmonella or not should contact their veterinarian.

For more information on the Bravo recall, please visit www.bravorawdiet.com , or call toll free (866) 922-9222


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« Reply #1 on: September 19, 2007, 03:23:47 PM »

You are so right....ethical behavior makes one feel more secure in a company than in one that tries to hide....

I was a little worried at first when I saw Bravo since I just started the fish oils..... thankfully, after reading in detail what the recall is about I feel much better!

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« Reply #2 on: September 19, 2007, 03:25:28 PM »

Thanks!  I have fed a raw buffalo blend for years and never had a problem, nor with a raw beef blend I tried.  Poultry seems a little riskier, but I noted this:

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The company has received no reports of illness in either people or animals associated with any of the three products.

If only all the cooked/processed food companies recalled prior to reports of illness, or at least A.S.A.P.! 
This just confirms to me that I am safest with a an ethical pet food company, whether it is raw or cooked....the ethics of the company is what makes the food as safe as possible.

Bravo to Bravo for being on top of things!

they use the same free range chicken that's sold in my human stores so i don't buy their chicken blends, but i don't see the issue as being any different than what's normal (bacteria happens). it could just as easily have been a recall of human chicken. of course that would be about several months down the road while all the agencies tried to find the pattern . . .  Wink but i do like that they immediately recalled and did it PUBLICLY!

i feed lots of poultry and have for several years. and some of the sale chickens i used to buy had to be far riskier than Murray's. and of course, i'm sure my safe handling practices are something of an FDA nightmare with 5-8 cats helping to *manufacture* the meals in my kitchen! Blood/guts flying as i whack body parts with a mallet . . .   Grin
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« Reply #3 on: September 19, 2007, 07:06:57 PM »

straybaby are you prepping the food or making sure its dead? Whacking it with a mallet! LOL just the sight in my mine of you doing that made for a good laugh today, thx.
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« Reply #4 on: September 19, 2007, 08:12:27 PM »

prepping! it's great stress relief. first whack and carve it up with a cleaver/big knife and then smash the bones a bit with the mallet or cleaver depending on the body parts. and then it goes into the grinder . . . fun times! LOL!~ oh yeah, and any bone that looks like it might jam the grinder (big/weight bearing) toss to the dog that's drooling at your feet!

like i said, i'm a FDA safe handling nightmare! but at least i CAN make my own food and in 5+ yrs, no food illnesses and 6 healthy happy *kids*    Grin

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« Reply #5 on: September 20, 2007, 07:25:02 AM »

I love the pic straybaby - he looks so happy!
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« Reply #6 on: September 20, 2007, 04:15:16 PM »

Ha ha ha ha

The mental image of Straybaby whacking raw meat and bone is very reminiscent of me in the kitchen prepping raw food for my cats.  The first time I prepped the chicken bones to be stuffed into the grinder - yes, by whacking the living daylights out of the pieces - my hands, face, hair and white T-shirt were covered in blood and gore (from flying bits).  My daughter wandered in and commented that I looked like someone who had just dismembered a body and to PLEASE not answer the door in that condition no matter who rings - in case I give the wrong impression.  Its a standing joke here now and my family is contributing to buy me some kind of "space suit" for Christmas for my big raw food preparation days.

I've used Bravo once in the past and didn't experience any problem with their raw mix.  Must say it is good to hear that they acted very fast and did NOT wait until someone reported a sick pet!
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« Reply #7 on: September 20, 2007, 04:57:41 PM »

Now I would like to have sen a picture of that!
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« Reply #8 on: September 26, 2007, 04:30:38 AM »

   The FDA pulled the same thing with Wild Kitty raw cat food back in February of this year.  http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_pwwi/is_200702/ai_n18621110
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« Reply #9 on: September 26, 2007, 04:46:09 AM »

I've been trying to follow this.  Have any of you raw feeders asked if the meat is irradiated?

I don't feed raw, but I was just researching irradiation of meat yesterday and how to know if meat in the grocery store has been irradiated as I suspect some of the ground beef I have been purchasing is.  It's in new containers and stays "fresh" for a week.  It actually has a stinky odor to it when your first open it and a gastly artificial pinkish color.  Something is unnatural about it.

Apparently, they have to carry a symbol on the packaging for human food. 


http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/food/expired/irradiated-meat-803/overview/

They show the symbol in this section of this link.

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« Reply #10 on: September 26, 2007, 05:09:32 AM »

JustMe--that is really scary!  I like the approach in the article, to clean up the meat processing side, rather than kill the pathogens after they're there.  What bothers me is the FDA can't do their own job with any degree of efficiency; why would they want to fail at the USDA's job?  I'm going to guess they want the bigger budget.  I can't believe they want to kill all bacteria. Some bacteria we need, and exposure to other kinds keeps the immune system healthy. I suppose it'll become a moot point.  Bacteria fights back; some will evolve into irradiation-resistant strains.  Just what we need. More super bugs. 
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« Reply #11 on: September 26, 2007, 05:31:16 AM »

I don't feed raw.....have nothing against it except I don't think my tummy could handle even the thought of it.  I also think food today has become really unsafe.  I can remember when we were kids, we thought nothing of grabbing a piece of raw hamburger & eating it.  But food was never contaminated back then (in the good old days.....ha ha).

I now go to the grocery store, pick out a nice piece of chuck steak (or sirloin if it's on sale) & have it ground for me right then & there.  I recently read that when you buy  already-ground burger, you are getting meat from dozens of different animals.  Plus that, many times when I get it home, it's nice & pink on the outside & brown inside.  I decided to have it freshly ground.  I think it tastes better & at least I know when I'm eating it or feeding it to my dog, that the chances are better that it's not contaminated burger.  I have a feeling a lot of people are doing that.  (I have the local news on & I thought I just heard something about a new ground beef recall.  Don't quote me as I was only half listening.)

If the FDA is intent on closing down the makers of raw food for animals, it's only because the commercial pf companies have paid them big bucks to eliminate the competition.  Their food is probably not selling very well......I wonder if they ever thought to start putting decent ingredients in their food & testing, testing, testing.  I have seen nothing about any changes, just tons of commercials on TV & tons of coupons in Sunday's paper.  Do they really think a few cents off is going to get us to buy their same-old rendered garbage? Undecided

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« Reply #12 on: September 26, 2007, 05:42:15 AM »

I also think food today has become really unsafe.  I can remember when we were kids, we thought nothing of grabbing a piece of raw hamburger & eating it.  But food was never contaminated back then (in the good old days.....ha ha).


Yes.  When we were kids, my mother used to make meatballs and give us some of the uncooked mix of beef, bread crumbs, raw eggs, oil, etc., on toast as a treat.  That was quite common then in our area.  This was in the 50s.  We never got sick.  I'm still here.  LOL
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« Reply #13 on: September 26, 2007, 06:05:58 AM »

I've been trying to follow this.  Have any of you raw feeders asked if the meat is irradiated?

I don't feed raw, but I was just researching irradiation of meat yesterday and how to know if meat in the grocery store has been irradiated as I suspect some of the ground beef I have been purchasing is.  It's in new containers and stays "fresh" for a week.  It actually has a stinky odor to it when your first open it and a gastly artificial pinkish color.  Something is unnatural about it.

Apparently, they have to carry a symbol on the packaging for human food. 


http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/food/expired/irradiated-meat-803/overview/

They show the symbol in this section of this link.

WHAT IT CAN AND CAN'T DO


  Carbon monoxide is often used in prepackaged meat, fish and sometimes vegetables to keep them looking fresh.    http://www.nbc5.com/money/6706013/detail.html
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« Reply #14 on: September 26, 2007, 06:12:47 AM »

Yes, there used to be an appetizer called "Steak Tartare" with raw ground beef.  Long ago in my meat-eating days (I have been a vegetarian for many years), I used to eat it.  I also used to taste the raw meat loaf mix to check the seasoning when I was mixing it!  And I seem to have lived, never got sick.  Although now it makes me sick to think about it.

I too think that factory farming methods, with so many animals kept so close together, have contributed to the increase of salmonella in meat and eggs.

I also think that the reason hunting animals don't get sick from salmonella in their raw prey is that they have developed resistance through consuming it all their lives.  I have no opinion either way regarding raw foods for pets, but I don't trust the FDA.  They are more about politics than about food safety right now.
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