Recalls are relatively common for both human food and pet food. It is usually because of a contaminate, an ingredient not being listed, or because something inedible became mixed into the food. Companies fix the problem and then the product is safe again.
Rarely, does the FDA permanently ban a food brand but that’s what happened with Bravo Packing, Inc. They make Performance Dog and Ground Beef raw dog food.
This ban is unprecedented. It’s the first time in history that a pet food brand has been permanently recalled. That means the food and the conditions of the factory must be pretty bad, right?
Well, Bravo Packing, Inc has received four recalls before this one. They occurred in 2018, 2019, and 2021. After their New Jersey facility was inspected, salmonella and listeria monocytogenes were found each time. These bacteria are dangerous for both humans and pets.
FDA recalls Performance Dog and Ground Beef dog food permanently
In both 2019 and 2021, the inspectors found “grossly insanitary conditions.”
The company could have made changes to fix the issues, but because they didn’t (even after the FDA sent them a warning letter), the FDA was forced to shut them down.
If you have any products manufactured by Bravo Packing, Inc, including Performance Dog and Ground Beef raw dog food, you should throw them away as soon as possible. Even if your pet ate it and seems fine, throw the food away. It’s not worth risking it.
If the food has touched any surfaces in your home, make sure to clean them thoroughly.
If your dog does eat any of the affected food, they could experience vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, fever, or decreased appetite. Anyone negatively affected by the food (pet or human) can make a complaint on the FDA website.
With this many recalls and the lack of action to fix any of the issues, it seems like this is the best action for the company and for pet owners. No one wants to feed their pet something that could make them sick.