NEW RECALL: Bravo! Recalls Select Poultry Products For Cats And Dogs

BravoBravo! Raw Diet has announced a recall of certain varieties of its poultry products for pets. Here is the press release dated September 18 that is on their website:

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

(Thanks Bonnie)

45 Responses to “NEW RECALL: Bravo! Recalls Select Poultry Products For Cats And Dogs”

  1. Robert Davis says:

    And I just bought some Bravo Salmon oils……this makes me cringe!!!!! I know the Salmon Oils are not part of this…but same company…..My dogs haven’t taken as quickly to the Bravo Salmon oils like they did with Timberwolf Organics Salmon Oils…..
    Anyone else use Bravo Salmon Oils?

  2. straybaby says:

    haven’t used bravo oils, but there’s another brand grizzly that you may be able to find.

    i would call the company. the products may not originate from the same place/factory. they are smaller and independent, so i don’t think they have the layers you’ll find at the larger ones.

    i’ve noticed Listeria on the recall lists along with Salmonella. i have to wonder since they use human grade meyers (i think that’s the chicken brand!), if there’s a human recall that happened recently or is about to happen . . .

  3. Louie W. says:

    Just called the Bravo phone number. The person on the phone was a newly hired temporary employee with an information sheet in her hand.

    She couldn’t tell me where the food is manufactured, or whether all of the poultry is from domestic sources.

    Does anyone here know the answers?

  4. straybaby says:

    here ya go louie:

    http://stores.wildaboutmeat.co.....A-+Chicken

    they list the different brands of chicken in the blends

  5. Bridgett says:

    Louie,

    Apparently their red meat comes from New Zealand and Australia. Doesn’t say where the chicken comes from though.

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

  6. Bridgett says:

    the chicken is grown in Pennsylvania.

  7. straybaby says:

    unless it’s changed recently it’s

    http://www.murrayschicken.com/

    i had the wrong name above! they use a different source for certified organic.

  8. Louie W. says:

    Thanks to all. Looks like this isn’t related to the “unknown” problem with the chicken treats.

    Quite a coincedence, though. FDA can’t find out what’s with the treats, but they found contaminated raw food.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Meat, organ and veggies are 100% Certified Organic!

    MORE BS TO DEAL WITH!!!!!!!

  10. Robert Davis says:

    straybaby thanks for the info on grizzly…i went to their site and was able to caculate dosages based on what is in my current food and how much I should use…very useful tool. I think the store I went to had that brand…so I will check it out.

  11. straybaby says:

    Anonymous says:
    September 19th, 2007 at 4:45 pm

    we have always had to deal with it. Organic does not mean resistant to bacteria. it can happen to ANY food, but this food is their original and basic blends, not organic. humane/sustainable raised.

  12. straybaby says:

    no prob robert! if you give it to the cats also, both cat and dog are the same as far as i could tell. i usually buy a big jug and share it amongst the crew ;)

  13. Robert Davis says:

    thanks straybaby - good idea!

  14. Trudy Jackson says:

    Just heard some more on the TV news. The congress hearing is for 2 days. One or more [yeah] congressmen said if it says China on it, it doesn’t come into their houses. And that over -300,000 [that’s right] children are exposed to an over amount of lead in their tests.
    and one chinese factory said it knows of ways to get around the “regulations.”

  15. Pukanuba says:

    Looks to me like all the Chinese factories know how to get around regulations……or perhaps I should say could care less about regulations. Send it on to the dummies in the USA & we’ll probably get lucky & it’ll get through. Perhaps even grease a few palms & they’ll let it through……who knows what’s going on lately.

    Makes me want to scream.

    I just wonder if we’ll ever get to the end of these recalls. WTF is going on?????????

  16. ryssee says:

    One reason I’m not comfortable switching to raw.
    Sorry if your pet was affected by this :-)

  17. Anon says:

    What in the name of God?!!?!? I just had a kitten die, mysteriously. And one of my 5 month old cats has distended tummy. All my cats have diarrhea.

    I’m beside myself…..

  18. straybaby says:

    Anon says:
    September 19th, 2007 at 6:50 pm

    what has the vet said?

  19. Trudy Jackson says:

    Anon, Did you take them to a vet? It could be worms? They will do that too.

  20. Trudy Jackson says:

    As I have said before, My daughter works at Wal Mart. I’m not saying where because I guess Wal Mart is watching this carefully. But since She works there, she has stocks there. I told Her yesterday i was still boycotting Wal Mart and was sorry Her stock went down.
    She said Don’t worry one bit about that, I’m kind of boycotting them Myself. Just because I work here doesn’t mean anything. and if I loose My stocks-so what? Bless Her heart, I’m so proud of Her.
    she also tells the others She works with all that I learn on here.

  21. nora says:

    Yet one more (trusted) commercial pet food product comes up potentially deadly. You can read where THEY SAY the ingrediants come from and you can read what THEY SAY is in the product, but is any of it the complete truth. NOT LIKELY. I am so sorry Anon about your kitties. What are you feeding them?

  22. Anne says:

    Bravo to Bravo for doing the voluntary recall! I just checked the Bravo items in the freezer and none are from those lots. I don’t know about listeria, but I think most healthy pets’ systems can handle a bit of salmonella–certainly more than ours can. I appreciate a company that is proactive and will continue to buy their food.

    Unless you raise it, kill it, and prepare it yourself, there is always some risk of a glitch. Of course, you could make a mistake, too.

    (Of course, I still won’t be buying anything I can trace to China any time soon…).

  23. harry nance says:

    Some 2 lb packs of Bravo had the alert tag #236, some had other #s and some had tags with no #s.
    Can we be confident that packs with other numbers are disease free?

  24. MaineMom says:

    Ever wonder, like I do, where companies dispose of contaminated food? Following a stock today led to Lockwood landfill, 10 mi east of Reno NV. They are handling the disposal of the double-bagged lake Davis northern pike which is no problem since they “regularly receive food products for disposal.”

    Business must be great (their stock is up) since the massive number of food recalls. And isn’t it great to know it’s just going into the ground?!

  25. Nancy says:

    This is a witch hunt. ALL RAW FOODS CONTAIN BACTERIA! The AAFCO standards call for all food to test negative for salomella. This includes raw. The FDA would fail 70% of all human chicken, orgainc included, if it had to be completely void of salmonella. If you think you are that much safer feeding food purchased at Wild Oats, you had better rething feeding meat to ANY LIVING BEING! Besides, Bravo recalled the food before the FDA published it. Remember RECALLS CAN HAPPEN TO ANYONE!

  26. Jerry says:

    Don’t be too hard on Bravo. This recall is pretty bogus. The FDA wants to shut raw diet companies down. Bravo is just the first of many they’re going to do this to.

    Raw meat has pathogens. ALL raw meat. The parts the raw diet companies use to make raw diets already have Salmonella on them before they get to the manufacturers. In fact, about 30% of chickens have Salmonella when they’re born. So, if the *raw* diet companies aren’t cooking the food, there is no way to make it pathogen free.

    Meat in the grocey store carries bacteria also. That’s why tell you to wash your hands after handling raw meat.

    The FDA knows healthy (and even not so healthy) animals don’t get sick from Salmonella and Listeria. And you can’t get sick from handling any of the raw diets if you wash your counters and hands, etc. But the FDA doesn’t really care about the truth when it comes to raw diets. They are picking on the raw companies right now because they look bad after the big pet food recalls and they want an easy “win”.

    I know the Bravo partners and they are good people. They own their own USDA plant, the poultry is all from the U.S. and is antibiotic-free, and their beef, lamb, buffalo, venison and elk are all grass-fed and hormone-free.

    You can’t have a raw diet without bacteria. But these kinds/levels of bacteria don’t hurt our animals. And I wash my hands after handling raw meat, so I know I’m safe. I feed Bravo and I’m not going to stop, even if I have one of the recalled items. I’m mad at the FDA for not having any common sense and being a bully for political reasons.

  27. Jenny Bark says:

    Jerry, I think I agree with everything you said. I home cook but I don’t put anybody down for raw, we all do what we think is best for our babies & ourselves.

    I think this company did the right thing & didn’t hide anything. What more can we ask for? I have no faith in the FDA or the 40 billion $ pfi. If I did raw feed I would be proud of a company that came out to the people right away. Imo the FDA has not did right by the people for a lot of years.

  28. Traci says:

    Agree with both of you, Nancy and Jerry, on raw diets and the FDA:

    “This is a witch hunt.”

    “The FDA knows healthy (and even not so healthy) animals don’t get sick from Salmonella and Listeria. And you can’t get sick from handling any of the raw diets if you wash your counters and hands, etc. But the FDA doesn’t really care about the truth when it comes to raw diets. They are picking on the raw companies right now because they look bad after the big pet food recalls and they want an easy “win”.”

    As far as I am concerned, I just learned of a new and wholesome product for my cats which I didn’t previously know about (since it is primarily marketted for dogs). There is a retailer in WA that ships also.

    Q. What the hell do animals eat in the wild?

    A. Raw meat.

    I doubt feral cats are toasting mice or pigeons over campfires. Maybe when they finally grow opposable thumbs…”Quest for Fire” featuring cats dressed in rodent hides and bird down?

  29. Cheryl Wrona says:

    I’ve been feeding raw for the last seven years and the only tiem my cats get sick from it is when I buy beef in say walmart or albertsons’s. I use alot of turkey and chicken, veggies, and the such. Buy Dr. Pitcairn’s book, Natural care for Dogs and Cats, and this will be a start for you. My cats even get raw eggs. And the ferals I take care of were pretty healthy before I started helping the. My email is cuda@mysite.com if any of you need some help. Timberwolf organics is awesome food, too.

  30. highnote says:

    They are not recalling all of bravo products FDA report below
    Recall — Firm Press Release
    FDA posts press releases and other notices of recalls and market withdrawals from the firms involved as a service to consumers, the media, and other interested parties. FDA does not endorse either the product or the company.

    Bravo! Issues Nationwide Recall of Select Poultry Products for Dogs and Cats
    Contact:
    David Bogner
    (866) 922-9222

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE –Vernon, CT — Sept. 18, 2007— 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.

  31. straybaby says:

    Jerry says:
    September 19th, 2007 at 9:44 pm

    Jerry,

    I’ve been feeding raw diets for 5+ years and have never had a prob. both pre-prepared and home prepared. And i buy the same chickens that bravo uses for myself and my pets. none of use have ever gotten sick. and i’m not as hand washy/anti-bacterial soap as they would like us to be. could it be healthy immune systems that haven’t been rendered useless by commercial crap and fear of germs/bacterial?! ;)

    Traci, you crack me up! i can just imagine the ferals around the campfire!

    Cheryl, I do raw eggs also. Nothing like dropping an egg and NOT being afraid to have my dog (or a couple of my cats!) clean it up for me! lol!~ they do a MUCH better job than i do. my youngest kitty is just drawn to eggs. and this was before i introduced him to them. like a radar! he was about 9 wks old and first went for an eggshell when i was cooking to clean it out.

    *note, all eggs are free range and not from large producers.

  32. Janine says:

    I totally agree, Jerry! And I think Gina at PetConnection.com said it best (note that she does not feed raw, last I heard):

    “…if anyone uses this recall as ‘evidence’ that raw diets are dangerous, I’m going go to ask them to click on the 1,985,985.357 words we’ve written since March on rolling recalls of processed products and remind them that people in glass houses should keep their mouths shut. Or open those mouths and speak up for greater safety in our food-supply system.”

    (from http://www.petconnection.com/b.....-products/ )

    I’d much rather feed my pet something with Salmonella in it than something with melamine in it. Note that pretty much every time there’s a recall for pet food or treats for Salmonella, they almost always say “there have been no known illnesses in pets from these products”. Certainly can’t say the same thing for the melamine fiasco…

  33. Donna says:

    I had two cats become very sick.Not food related. Best of care at home and vet care. No improvements three months of various antibiotics . One was suspect for cancer. Antibiotics failed to give inprovements in both cats .I tried a treatment from 1930. Amazed at the improvements. My classified terminal, not eating 19 year cat, is eating and playing ! My younger girl, with chronic infection, no longer infected. My research, has led to to go away from traditional antibiotics. Very impressed with mesosilver.Recently,I was suspect for a heart infection, due to dental work.I was extremely sick, too the point of fevers and feebleness and extreme dizziness.I am the hardy type, never ill. This infection took me down.I started my self on the mesosilver.recovery started in four days.I wanted to share this with the group, it worked for me.I have no involments with any companies.I just research and find remedies that save lives with OUT harming the patients. Research………….too keep you and your fur kids safe. And take no “experts” word as gospel.Big pharma has killed more patients,than it has saved.Blessings to itchmo.Awesome site !

  34. Cathie says:

    It’s amusing to see how you people sing a different tune when it comes to contaminated RAW food. If this was kibble, you’d all be slamming the company like all hell.

  35. Debby says:

    But Cathie, like was said all meat has salmonella in it. but the processed food companies put chemicals, additives and preservatives in our pets food. A little salmonella doesn’t hurt but melamine is not natural and is an ingredient in antifreeze. What justification is there for that? That is why the kibble companies get slammed.

  36. EGB says:

    Traci says, I doubt feral cats are toasting mice or pigeons over campfires. Maybe when they finally grow opposable thumbs…”Quest for Fire” featuring cats dressed in rodent hides and bird down?

    I hope Pixar picks up this idea!! I’d love to see this movie!!

  37. Rossi D. says:

    Cats have more acidic digestive tracts to be able to handle small amts of salmonella. I’ve been feeding raw for 5+ years with no problems. In fact, thank god for raw. It was the ONLY thing that cured my kitten of IBD - and the no poop smell and fresh breath - all great benefits too.

    It’s true tho, that the FDA would like to shut down the raw pet food industry in favor of big pet food conglomerates. I’d go back to feeding my cats meat from Whole Foods before I’d do that - they are doing great on Bravo. It’s more likely that people can contract salmonella from lettuce or spinach than pets contracting salmonella poisoning from a reputable brand like Bravo.

  38. Rossi D. says:

    Maybe it’s time to ask Natural Solutions Foundation to also protect raw pet food and alternative health care choices for our pets. I want to ensure that good quality raw pet foods are always available for our pets - not out of business because of an FDA witch hunt. We need a petition and raw pet food advocacy to ensure these food sources and co-ops remain available.

    Why aren’t they targeting the chicken treats that have been giving dogs kidney failure since last year?

    If the FDA were so concerned about animal safety, they should rescue all the animals from IAMS abuses and cruelty in their research labs.

  39. Dorothy says:

    Donna,

    Please tell me how you administered the meosilver to your cats since they are so finicky. I have many cats and some not too healthy. My pretty boy is losing so much weight, did take him to the vet who insisted on checking his blood. He has been having diarrhea and so has my oldest cat, the littlest cat in the world, diarrhea, drinking a lot, poor appetite.

    could you tell me a little about this meosilver? I just paid a homeopathic vet $200. for a phone consultation. He asked me questions and then told me a remedy to give him if he didn’t get better in one week. I believe in alternate medicine but who can afford it?

    Appreciate any help you can give.

  40. Dorothy says:

    Would sure like more info on the Messosilver. Is this a homeopathic remedy? I use the Grizzly Salmon oil. They make it for cats and dogs. I buy it from KV vet catalog which is the cheapest I have found.. Lois

  41. Janine says:

    It looks like Mesosilver is a brand name for colloidal silver. This is not a homeopathic remedy. I personally don’t use colloidal silver, though I know people who do.

  42. Bob says:

    Good morning all.
    I hope you and your pet families are all doing as well as possible under the circumstances.
    Haven’t posted for a few days for lack of time but recall reading a post from someone about china’s continuing hate of the US and how he suspected that a lot of this poisining and tainted produce is deliberate. Given china’s political views of the rest of the world and their hope for dominance this would not surprise me at all. How the hell and why our own government is supporting china by continued trade with a communist country is beyond me…..especially one whose hope is to ultimately defeat us…..and what better way to do this than through poisened food et all.
    One of the leading contributors to the health and wealth of china is our good ol friends at china world aka wally world. I find myself wondering just how much of china’s gnp is complimentary of wal mart. china marts continued trading with china proper under the circumstances leaves one to wonder. I suspect that china mart alone could cause a change in policy on the mainland. But alas, the good ol $$$$$ rules and we will continue to see more junk on the shelves of china mart. We will continue to see more tainted dog, people food and toys on the shelves of china mart——unfortunately is’t becoming more and more difficult to find crap that is NOT made in china in ANY box store.
    HOWEVER. As a united people we can cause that to change.
    A concentrated boycott of one chain just may have enough of an effect to make someone sit up and listen.
    I realize this latest recall is not china mart originated but it gives one pause for thought————-I hope.
    If not, lemme spell it out for ya.
    china is STILL to this day an enemy of the US. I don’t give a flying s*** what you might have heard or been told.

  43. bernie says:

    I am concerned that people actually believe that “all raw meat” has salmonella. That is simply untrue. I think it is possible to feed a raw diet without salmonella. I have had a dog with salmonella poisoning and I can assure you it was a costly, scary mess. I simply am not comfortable saying the recall doesn’t count if it happens to a raw food company. I will be boycotting BRAVO in the same way I boycott the chicken treats I used to buy (by the bagful) that were recalled for salmonella last year.

  44. looncraz says:

    I, too, use Mesosilver colloidal silver - with great results.

    I’ve used it successfully against skin infection, strep throat, and a couple of other issues preemptively.

    Currently, I have an illness - maybe the flu, maybe just a cold, but I suspect the flu. I have my Mesosilver out on my desk, I’ll probably be better tomorrow ;-)

    The quickest recoveries:

    #1 Strep throat:
    I gargled with colloidal silver twice, with a warm salty water gargle before hand to aid in absorption. I could literally feel the infection “die out” in my upper throat!

    #2 Skin infection:
    I had been fighting an odd skin infection for a couple weeks, having tried everything. I did some research and bought Mesosilver for the first time. I was skeptical but the pain was terrible. I decided if it was to work, it would be with the longest possible duration of contact, so I soaked some bandages in the Mesosilver and then wrapped my leg with the bandages providing a good border around the infection, I then sealed the bandaging in order to prevent evaporation.

    The very next morning, I took the bandage off to consider whether or not I should wrap it again with Mesosilver, or go back to the big pharma way. I couldn’t see any infection at all! Nada. In fact, I had almost completely healed!! I wrapped it again anyway - with Mesosilver.

    Good stuff!

    More general infections will not be cured by colloidal silver, but they will be lessened. It appears it takes a few minutes for a nano-silver particle to strangle a virus or bacterium, so you have to flush yourself - gently ( which I’ll be doing now ).

    I don’t do anything profitable with the stuff, it costs me out the @$$, but is well worth it when the alternatives don’t work. And, it is E.P.A. approved for environmental sterilization - in hospitals. And nothing seems to be able to build a resistance to it!

    –The loon

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