Looks like your pets might have to change their usual dinner, as pet food maker Stella & Chewy’s has recalled some of its products after a routine test found Listeria in a sample of its chicken freeze-dried dinner patties for dogs. Fortunately, the Milwaukee-based company has stated that there have been no reports of pet or human illnesses yet.
Named after the English pioneer of sterile surgery Joseph Lister, Listeria is a gram-positive, rod-shaped, facultatively anaerobic, and non-spore forming bacteria. The major human pathogen in the Listeria genus is L. monocytogenes. Listeriosis is a serious disease for humans – the overt form of the disease has a case-fatality rate of about 20 percent. The two main clinical manifestations are sepsis and meningitis. Meningitis is often complicated by encephalitis, a pathology that is unusual for bacterial infections.
The company has posted a list of their recalled products online. Consumers can look at the lot numbers and UPC codes on their pet food to determine if their pet food is part of the recall. If they do have pet food that is part of the recall they can return it to the place of purchase for a full refund or should dispose of it.