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Karlin
22nd September 2007, 12:53 PM
Partial recall of this brand of commercial raw.

http://www.courant.com/news/local/hc-ctrecall0922.artsep22,0,2664123.story

Recalled foods:

BRAVO ORIGINAL FORMULA CHICKEN BLEND • Product Numbers: 21-102, 21-105, 21-110 • Sizes: 2 pound, 5 pound and 10 pound tubes • Batch ID code (on hang tag): 236 • Reason for Recall: Salmonella, listeria

BRAVO BASIC FORMULA FINELY GROUND CHICKEN • Product Number: 21-212 • Size: 2 pound tube • Batch ID Code (on hang tag): 226 • Reason for Recall: Salmonella, listeria

BRAVO ORIGINAL FORMULA TURKEY BLEND • Product Numbers: 31-102, 31-105, 31-110 • Sizes: 2 pound, 5 pound and 10 pound tubes • Batch ID code (on hang tag): 236 • Reason for Recall: Listeria

MishathePooh
24th September 2007, 10:55 PM
This letter is a response from Bravo! regarding the recent recall, which I
received from another list I belong to. Permission to cross post has been
given.


---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: Sep 20, 2007 1:42 AM
Subject: [Rawfed-NE] Re: Salmonella & Listeria found in Bravo Raw
Diet pet foods

One would hope that the powers that be at Bravo would have
had the decency to notify people themselves.

Hi Camille

I'm sorry that it's not possible to individually notify every Bravo
user of the recall and that by federal regulation we must issue a
press release to the AP wire service so that it has wide
distribution. We did that *voluntarily*. Also - only 3 specifc
Bravo products from 3 *specific* batches are being recalled, not all
of our products.

I also am somewhat surprised to see a raw feeding group upset about
this recall.

*ALL* raw meat carries pathogens. Whether you buy from the grocery
store, from wholesale meat suppliers, or from prepared raw diet
manufacturers.

It is impossible to avoid. The USDA allows poultry producers to
have
up to 23% Salmonella contamination on poultry. A good portion of
chickens are actually *born* with Salmonella. So the poultry
products that manufacturers must use are contaminated long before it
ever gets to us. Since these are *RAW* diets and we don't cook
them,
the bacteria is left intact. This is true for *every* raw diet
manufacturer and for every person who feeds raw regardless of their
source. Raw meat has bacteria - that's why people are told to wash
their hands after handling raw meat. ANYONE who has fed raw has fed
pathogens such as Salmonella and Listeria.

Do Salmonella and Listeria pose a threat to our dogs and cats? Not
really. If you go to our website you'll find a recall FAQ that
gives
citations about how Salmonella is a normal part of the intestinal
flora and how dogs apparently neutralize the bacteria. There's even
a quote from the FDA Consumer magazine that acknowledges that
healthy
dogs and cats rarely become ill from Salmonella.

So why is the FDA involved and why did we do the recall? You can
find more information on that on our website also. But briefly you
should know some of this:

The FDA agents told us that we are just the first of the raw diet
companies to be visited, and that they hope to be able to shut down
the raw diet industry and stop raw feeding. So this is an industry
problem, not a Bravo problem.

The FDA has a very black eye due to the melamine recalls. So, they
want an easy win so they can prove they are safeguarding America's
pets. Raw diets are an easy target for them.

The FDA is holding raw diets to a *cooked* diet standard and has no
desire to be reasonable and acknowledge that you can't hold *RAW*
meat to the same regulation that governs *cooked* meat.

The FDA and USDA are currently in a bitter battle. The FDA is
trying
to take control of USDA operations. We believe one of the reasons
Bravo was chosen was that we are a USDA facility. By bashing Bravo
they are able to bash the USDA.

This recall is the result of politics and unreasonable bureaucrats.
Bravo raw products carry the same risk - and BENEFITS - as any raw
product - whether home-prepared or manufactured.

We have been a company dedicated to high quality. That's why we use
antibiotic-free poultry, and grass-fed, hormone-free red meats.
It's
why we manufacture in our own USDA plant under USDA human processing
standards. Other than the reality that all raw meat has some
pathogen presence, nothing has changed. You can still count on us
to
make a high quality and beneficial products.

To those who have been sending notes of support, thank you very
much. We're caught in the midst of a political struggle and it
helps
to know there are people who understand and appreciate the passion
and care we put into Bravo products.

Melinda

Melinda Miller
Bravo Raw Diet