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FDA Stops Sale of Pet Food Due to "Grossly Insanitary Conditions"
March 28, 2022 - Bravo Packing of Carney's Point, N.J., has been ordered by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to stop selling, manufacturing and distributing pet food due to (among other violations) "grossly insanitary conditions".
A Federal judge has "entered a consent decree against" Bravo Packing due to violations of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act).
There have been 4 previous recall events involving Bravo Packing. One in 2019, in 2019, and two in 2021.
Historic Legal Action
This legal ruling marks the first permanent injunction against an animal food manufacturer for violating modern public safety standards in history.
What Caused This Action?
According to Dr. Steven Solomon, director of FDA's Center for Veterinary Medicine:
FDA Warnings and Inspections
The FDA conducted inspections in 2019 and 2021 and issued a warning letter to the facility in 2020.
During these inspections, the FDA found evidence of significant food safety violations including grossly insanitary conditions and the failure to follow good manufacturing practices regulations for animal food.
Multiple samples of finished raw pet food products collected during the inspections tested positive for Salmonella.
Pet food that is contaminated with Salmonella can lead to illness in both the pets consuming the food, as well as humans, who handle the food and care for the pets.
Some of these finished samples as well as environmental samples from the two inspections also tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes."
What to Do?
Consumers who think they or their pets may have been sickened by these products should seek the assistance of a health care professional.
And contact the FDA to report problems with this or any FDA-regulated product.