FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, July 8, 2015
Recall of some “Stella & Chewy’s” dog and cat food products sold in Georgia for potential health risk
Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary W. Black is alerting Georgians to the recall of certain Stella & Chewy’s feed products, sold in Georgia, for potential health risk to pets and consumers. Georgia Department of Agriculture (GDA) inspectors will be checking retail stores and warehouses to make sure the recalled products have been removed from sale. Here is the recall notice from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA):
Stella & Chewy’s is recalling some of its products due to concerns of a possible presence of Listeria Monocytogenes. The recall was prompted by a positive test confirming Listeria monocytogenes in Chewy’s Chicken Freeze-Dried Dinner Patties for Dogs, 15 ounce, Lot #111–15, during routine surveillance testing by the Maryland Department of Agriculture.
To date, there have been no reported pet or human illnesses associated with this recall.
Listeria is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections 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 pain and diarrhea, listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.
As a precautionary measure, Stella & Chewy’s is voluntarily recalling all products nationwide from Lot # 111-15. Additional products are also being recalled outside Lot #111-15, because those products could have come into contact with the affected lot. A complete list of products is online at www.stellaandchewys.com/stella-chewys-recall-notice/.
Consumers should look at the lot numbers and UPC codes printed on the bag to determine if products they have are subject to the recall. People who have purchased these products are instructed to dispose of the food or return it to the place of purchase for a full refund.
This is one of several recalls impacting Georgia this week. To view a comprehensive list or sign up for e-mail alerts, please visit www.agr.georgia.gov/recalls.aspx. If this recall expands or additional details become available, the website will provide the most up-to-date information. Also follow the GDA on Twitter @GDAFoodSafety for recall alerts and food safety tips.
About the GDA The Georgia Department of Agriculture (GDA) is the voice of the state’s agriculture community. The department's mission is to provide excellence in services and regulatory functions, to protect and promote agriculture and consumer interests, and to ensure an abundance of safe food and fiber for Georgia, America, and the world by using state-of-the-art technology and a professional workforce. For more information, visit www.agr.georgia.gov.