Carnivore Meat Company, LLC issued a recall of two lost of its Vital Essentials® raw frozen dog food products on July 7, 2015. The reason given for the recall was for possible contamination by Listeria monocytogenes.

The specific products that were a part of the recall include:

  • Vital Essentials® Frozen Beef Tripe Patties with UPC 33211 00809, lot number 10930, and a “best by” date of 20160210.
  • Vital Essentials® Frozen Beef Tripe Nibblets with UPC 33211 00904, lot number 10719, and a “best by” date of 1202205.

Pet owners can find the “best by” date and lot number on the back of the packaging. The products were sold in the states of California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, New Mexico, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas, Vermont, and Washington.

Some of the common symptoms of Listeria infection to look for include diarrhea, vomiting, fever, muscle stiffness, and lethargic behavior. Listeria can infect both animals and humans, with older, younger, and people with weak immune systems being most susceptible. If pet owners think they or their pets have been exposed to Listeria and show the above symptoms, they should seek immediate medical attention.

Pet owners who want to find out more about the recall in general and how to receive a refund for any of the affected products they purchased can call 1-920-370-6542. The company will assist consumers in obtaining a refund from their retailer.