Mid America Pet Food has recalled 3 lots of Victor Super Premium Dog Food-Select Beef Meal & Rice Formula due to potential Salmonella contamination.
Victor, a well-known dog manufacturer in Texas is voluntarily recalling three lots of Victor Super Premium Dog Food that is produced at at its Mount Pleasant, Texas production facility because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.
The formula being recalled is the Select Beef Meal & Brown Rice Formula.
According to the FDA, the voluntary recall was initiated after a third party conducted random sampling and products associated with three lots tested positive for Salmonella.
Products were distributed to various distributors and retailers in the United States.
The lots included in the recall are:
- Lot Number: 1000016890 5-pound bag with a BEST BUY DATE of 6/12/2024
- Lot Number: 1000016891 15-pound bag with a BEST BUY DATE of 6/12/2024
- Lot Number 1000016892 40-pound bag with a BEST BUY DATE of 6/12/2024
Lot code information can be found on the back of the bag.
On the bag of Victor food that I have the lot code on the backside of the bag towards the top.
Thankfully, no human or pet illnesses have been reported to date.
I normally don’t write blog posts dedicated to dog food recalls but I do feed Victor formulas to all 3 of my dogs and I know that a lot of readers do too so this one was close to home for us.
No other products are included in this recall.
This recall is separate from and unrelated to the Mid America Pet Food recall for Salmonella on September 3, 2023.
If you have a bag of Victor dog food included in this recall the FDA has recommended that people destroy the food in a way that children, pets and wildlife cannot access.
Wash and sanitize pet food bowls, cups and storage containers.
Always make sure that you wash and sanitize your hands after handling recalled food or any utensils that come in contact with recalled food.
What is Salmonella?
According to the CDC, Salmonella are bacteria that make people sick.
This bacteria can affect animals eating the products and there is a risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products, especially if they have not washed their hands well after having contact with the products or any surfaces exposed to these products.
Salmonella infections are a zoonotic disease, meaning that the infection can spread between animals and people.
These germs are transmitted from animals to humans and humans to humans by the fecal-oral route.
Salmonella germs can be shed in the stool of pets for 4 to 6 weeks after infection.
Signs and Symptoms of Salmonella Infections In Dogs
Common signs of Salmonella infections in dogs are:
- bloody diarrhea
- decreased appetite
- abdominal pain
Some dogs may show only a few signs while others may show more.
Infected but otherwise healthy dogs can be carriers and infect other animals or humans.
As always, you should always contact your veterinarian if you have any questions or if your dog is showing any concerning signs or symptoms.
You can view the Voluntary Recall of Victor Beef Meal & Rice Dog on the FDA’s website
A Word About Dog Food Recalls
Dog food recalls can be scary but it’s important to remember that most voluntary recalls aren’t always a bad thing.
Recalls happen when there’s a system in place to monitor quality control issues.
They take place when the company is routinely testing their foods for potential issues which is not something that all dog food manufacturers are doing.
On the other side, the lack of a dog food recall does not mean that the food is always good quality.
A lot of media outlets will try to use a scare tactic to portray a pet food recall as the end of the world, but, keep in mind that the USDA and FDA didn’t start really looking at Salmonella, E. Coli and Listeria until the late 1980’s and early 1990’s.
So just because the dog food our parents fed in 1979 never had a recall, that’s not necessarily because “things have changed for the worse”.