August 2019 Recalls

August 2019 Recalls

Aug 23, 2019Andrew Kim

At Healthy Spot, we know that your dogs and cats are more than just pets, they’re family. That’s why we’re committed to provide monthly updates on pet food recalls, warnings or additional product information on all pet products, including updates from brands that we may or may not carry. It’s our mission to inspire healthy pet lifestyles and we hope by reporting on these pet product updates, you feel confident you are treating your pet the very best.

August 14, 2019 the FDA published a warning for dog owners about specific lots of Texas Tripe raw pet food. Samples of these products tested positive for Salmonella, and some for Listeria. Salmonella and Listeria are bacteria that can cause potentially serious health issues in both pets and humans. 

Symptoms of salmonellosis in both dogs and humans are nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fever and lethargy. Most healthy people and pets recover within a few days without treatment, but you should contact your veterinarian/doctor if you think your dog or a household member has a Salmonella infection.

Listeria rarely affects dogs and cats, but can cause serious illness in humans. Listeria mainly affects pregnant women, newborns, older adults, and people with compromised immune systems. Symptoms of listeriosis include fever, fatigue, muscle aches, headache, stiff neck, miscarriage and confusion. If you think your four-legged friend or anyone in your household may be at risk for listeriosis, it’s important that you contact your doctor/veterinarian immediately and go to the nearest emergency room.

35 lots of 23 product varieties have been recalled so far. These lots include 20 lb. and 40 lb. cases of frozen Texas Tripe that are being sold in 24 states both online and over the phone. Each case has a lot code located on it’s side- you can find a list of the tripe products and their respective codes here.

If you have purchased any products from Texas Tripe recently but have thrown away the case, it’s highly recommended that you throw the food out and thoroughly clean any areas it’s touched.


On August 16, 2019 Dog Goods USA LLC in Tobyhanna, PA announced a recall of their Chef Toby Pig Ears Treats due to potential Salmonella contamination.

Dog Goods sourced their pig ears treats from a supplier in Brazil from September 2018 through August 2019. These products have been distributed to retail stores across the nation. Samples of these products have come back positive for Salmonella after recent FDA testing.

As written about in our July 2019 Recalls, the FDA and CDC have been investigating a possible connection between pig ears treats and human salmonellosis outbreaks.

Dog Goods is working in full cooperation with the FDA and CDC, but is also launching their own internal investigation. So far, this investigation hasn’t shown any issues within the business’ practices.

Fortunately, there haven’t been any reported illnesses from these specific pig ears treats to date. If you’ve recently bought the Chef Toby Pig Ears Treats, it’s recommended that you return the product to the place of purchase for a refund, and to clean any areas the treat has touched.

09/03/2019 UPDATE

Dog Goods USA is expanding this recall to all 30-packs of Berkley Jensen brand pig ear dog chews sold at BJ’s Wholesale Club stores.


Although we do not carry these products, we strongly recommend that you throw them away if you’ve purchased either of them. To discard, place the product in a securely sealed trash bin so that no other animals may get ahold of it. Be sure to clean any areas that the product has come in contact with.

If you have questions about a raw food diet or are looking for a chew alternative and would like additional information on healthy options, stop by your local Healthy Spot to speak with one of our team members for suggestions. Click here to find your nearest Healthy Spot today!


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