FDA Cautions Against Feeding Performance Dog

The federal agency issues a warning: Do not feed ANY frozen raw pet food under the brand name Performance Dog produced recently. Here’s why.

The Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act requires that all animal food, like human food, be safe to eat,
produced under sanitary conditions, contain no harmful substances, and be truthfully labeled.

Maker: Bravo Packing, Inc.
Cause: Potential for salmonella or listeria contamination
Announcement: FDA caution letter on Sept. 26, 2019 (archived here)
What is involved: All Performance Dog frozen raw pet food produced on or after July 22, 2019

In a comprehensive letter, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is cautioning pet parents not to feed any frozen raw pet food under the brand name Performance Dog produced on or after July 22, 2019.

According to the FDA, the food “represents a serious threat to human and animal health.”

Multiple samples of the food were found to be contaminated with salmonella or listeria. Identifying the product on the market was complicated by the fact that the products did not have lot codes on the packaging, which is why the FDA says it decided to caution consumers to avoid not just certain lot codes but the entire range of Performance Dog.

The agency notes in its letter that this is just the latest in quality issues for the manufacturer of this product, Bravo Packing, Inc.:

“This is the second time Bravo Packing, Inc. product has tested positive for pathogen contamination. In September 2018, Bravo Packing, Inc. recalled all Performance Dog frozen raw pet food due to salmonella. Also, during a 2016 inspection, the FDA collected samples of Bravo Packing, Inc. horse meat chunk animal food that tested positive for the drugs pentobarbital and phenytoin.”

Performance Dog is sold in 2 lb. plastic chubs. If you have Performance Dog raw pet food that you purchased after July 22, 2019, or you are uncertain of the date of purchase, and you cannot determine the lot code, the FDA recommends that you exercise caution and throw the product away.

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