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22/2023 Blue Ridge Beef Recall Due to Salmonella and Listeria Contamination

22/2023 Blue Ridge Beef Recall Due to Salmonella and Listeria Contamination

Blue Ridge Beef, a renowned pet food company, has announced an expansion of its product recall, emphasizing additional lot numbers affected by Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes contamination. This precautionary measure is essential to ensure the safety of both pets and humans who may come into contact with the affected products.

Details of the Recall

The recall now includes all lot numbers and used by dates between N24 1114 to N24 1224 for the following products:

  • Kitten Grind (2lbs, UPC 8 54298 00101 6)
  • Kitten Mix (2lbs, UPC 8 54298 00243 6)
  • Puppy Mix (2lbs, UPC 8 54298 00169 6)

The contamination poses a risk to animals consuming the products and to humans who handle them, particularly if proper hand hygiene is not observed.

“Package end crimp showing N24”
Image 1, “Blue Ridge Beef, Puppy Mix, pet food log”
Image 2, “Blue Ridge Beef, Kitten Grind, pet food log”
Image 3, “Blue Ridge Beef, Kitten Mix, pet food log”

Symptoms and Risks

Both Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes can cause severe symptoms in pets, such as lethargy, diarrhea, and vomiting. In humans, symptoms may include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal cramping, and fever. The potential risks extend to more serious ailments, making it crucial for consumers to be vigilant about their health and their pets' well-being.

Notification and Caution

The recall stems from a positive test result for Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes in one lot of each product, as confirmed by the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Despite no reported illnesses to date, Blue Ridge Beef is recalling all lots within the specified use-by dates as a precautionary measure.

Distribution and Identification

The affected products, distributed between 11/14/2023 – 12/20/2023, were primarily sold in retail stores located in CT, MA, MD, NC, NY, PA & VA. Consumers can identify the affected lots through the silver tabs at the end of the tubes.

Consumer Action

Consumers who have purchased the recalled products are strongly urged to contact Blue Ridge Beef at for a full refund. It is essential to destroy the food in a manner that prevents access by children, pets, and wildlife. Recalled products should not be sold, donated, or fed to pets. Additionally, thorough washing and sanitization of pet food bowls, cups, and storage containers are recommended.

Contact Information

For any queries or concerns, consumers can contact Mr. Steven Lea at (704) 880-4500, Monday through Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm EST. This recall is being conducted in collaboration with the Food and Drug Administration to ensure the safety and well-being of both pets and their owners.

Take Home Message 

Blue Ridge Beef's commitment to product safety is evident in this expanded recall. Consumers are urged to take immediate action to protect their pets and themselves, following the guidelines provided by the company. Prioritizing safety measures, including proper hand hygiene and thorough sanitation, is crucial during these circumstances.

Dog staring at its bowl of food, looking very sad
Dog staring at its bowl of food, looking very sad

View Sources

FDA (2023). “Blue Ridge Beef Issues Voluntary Recall of Blue Ridge Beef Kitten Grind, Blue Ridge Kitten Mix and Blue Ridge Beef Puppy Mix Due to Salmonella and Listeria Monocytogenes Contamination”

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