STOP SALE ORDER ON STELLA AND CHEWY'S DOG FOOD ISSUED BY MARYLAND DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Stella and Chewy's freeze dried chicken patties for dogs has tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which is currently undertaking a surveillance of raw pet food.

There was only one product identified, Chewy's Chicken Dinner Patties, lot number 111-15. The use by date is April 23, 2016.

So far, a recall has not been issued, but that may happen today or sometime over the next few days.

As of now, there is no indication of any pet or person becoming ill from this product.

Pet food safety advocate Mollie Morrissette points out in her alert of this Stop Sale Order that Stella and Chewy’s has a unique safety program that provides consumers with the testing results of every single batch of pet food on their website: you put in the lot number and you get a .PDF file including actual copies of the numerous lab results preformed on that pet food. Unfortunately, in this case, lot number 111-15 was not tested for Lysteria. Click here to download a copy of the test results on lot number 111-15.

I will share that I am a big fan of Stella and Chewy's and still trust in their products. Keep in mind that this Stop Sale Order is for only one product - all other products for dogs and cats have been cleared (as far as we know). I continue to feed my own cats Stella and Chewy's food.

Personally, I find it alarming that the FDA is only testing raw pet foods - no kibble or canned foods - for bacterial contamination. Over the past several years, there have been dozens of recalls of kibble for salmonella. One has to wonder why this is not a priority for the FDA.

As more details of this situation are made available, I will pass them on to you.

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