Pet Food Recall/Listeria 27 Jan 15

St. Paul, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is alerting consumers about the recall of J.J. Fuds Chicken Tender Chunks Pet Food produced by J.J. Fuds of Valparaiso, Indiana. The company issued the recall because the product has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes,

Both humans and animals are at risk for Listeria infection. There are no reports of human or animal illnesses to date.

People can become infected from handling contaminated products or from contact with infected pets.  Listeria can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with  weakened immune systems. Listeria can also cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women. Healthy individuals may suffer short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea.

Animals ill with Listeria will display symptoms similar to those for humans. People who have concerns about whether their pet has Listeria should contact their veterinarian. Consumers who purchased J.J. Fuds Chicken Tender Chunks Pet Food should immediately stop feeding it to their pets and return the product to where it was purchased for a full refund and proper disposal.

J.J. Fuds Chicken Tender Chunks Pet Food was distributed regionally, including in Minnesota, through retailers and wholesale distributors. MDA inspectors are visiting these locations to ensure that recalled products have been removed from store shelves.

J.J. Fuds Chicken Tender Chunks Pet Food is sold frozen.  The recalled product is packaged in 5 lb. bags with UPC number 6-54592-34593-5 and a manufacture/Lot Code date of 5/5/14.

Consumers with questions may contact J.J. Fuds Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., at 1-800-453-5873.