July 09, 2018

RECALL: Raw Cat Food Recalled Due to Potential Listeria, E coli Contamination

Consumers are urged to return these 4 lots of raw cat food due to potential health risks to both cats and their owners.
By American Veterinarian Staff
Radagast Pet Food, Inc., a raw cat food manufacturer based in Portland, Oregon, has voluntarily recalled 3 lots of its Rad Cat Raw Diet Free-Range Chicken Recipe due to potential Listeria monocytogenes contamination, and 1 lot of its Rad Cat Raw Diet Pasture-Raised Venison Recipe due to potential Shiga toxin-producing E coli O121 contamination. This is the company's second recall this year.

All lots of both recalled products were shipped to US distributers in May and June.

The recalled lots have the following attributes:

Free-Range Chicken Recipe

  • Lot Code: 63057; Best By Date: 10/9/2019
  • Lot Code: 63069; Best By Date: 10/23/2019* 
  • Lot Code: 63076; Best By Date: 10/31/2019*
  • 8-oz UPC Code: 8 51536 00103 6
  • 16-oz UPC Code: 8 51536 00104 3
  • 24-oz UPC Code: 8 51536 00105 0

* These 2 lots were also shipped to a distributer in Vancouver, BC, Canada in addition to US distributors in May and June.

Pasture-Raised Venison Recipe

  • Lot Code: 63063; Best By Date: 10/15/2019 
  • 8-oz UPC Code: 8 51536 00121 0
  • 16-oz UPC Code: 8 51536 00122 7
  • 24-oz UPC Code: 8 51536 00123
  • 4- and 1-oz samples

Humans infected with Listeria may experience nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, aches, and fever, as well as more serious ailments including arterial infections, endocarditis, and even death.

Shiga toxin-producing E coli O121 is a pathogenic bacterium that can cause illness in humans that come in contact with raw pet foods contaminated with this bacterium. E coli O121 can cause symptoms such as stomach cramps, mild fever, vomiting, and diarrhea in humans.  Although E coli O121 is not known to cause illness in cats, the FDA has a zero-tolerance rule for pathogens in pet food, as humans that handle the food may become infected. Infected cats can also become carriers of E coli O121 and transfer the bacterium to the home environment.

No pet or human illnesses have been reported in connection with any of the recalled products.

Consumers who have purchased the recalled products should return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. For further questions, consumers should contact Radagast Pet Food at 503-736-4649.

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