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Raw pet food recalled due to Listeria
There is a potential risk to humans as well as pets, through handling of food, food bowls and utensils, or contact with the animal’s faeces.
FSA warns products could carry a risk to humans and animals 

A raw pet food company is recalling four batches of its pet food due to the presence of Listeria monocytogenes.

Raw Treat Pet Food Ltd has issued a recall for its frozen raw beef, chicken, lamb and chicken & tripe.

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) is warning pet owners who have bought the food that there is a potential risk to humans as well as pets, through handling of food, food bowls and utensils, or contact with the animal’s faeces.

Point of sale notices have been placed in shops that stock the food. The FSA is advising customers who have bought affected batches not to use them, but return them to the store for a full refund.

Pet owners should also clean utensils and bowls after use and wash hands thoroughly after handling raw pet food, bowls and utensils or after contact with animal faeces. Raw pet food should be stored separately from other food (especially ready-to-eat foods) and care should be taken when defrosting to avoid cross-contamination of foods and surfaces.

In humans, Listeria can cause symptoms similar to flu, such as high temperature, muscle aches/pain, chills, feeling or being sick and diarrhoea. In rare cases it can become severe and lead to serious complications including meningitis. Those more vulnerable include people over 65, pregnant women and unborn babies, those with weakened immune systems and babies under a month old.

The affected batches are:
Frozen Raw Beef (500g) - batch code: 1544, best before date: 17/06/2021
Frozen Raw Chicken (500g) - batch code: 1533, best before date: 13/06/2021
Frozen Raw Lamb (500g) - batch code: 1545, best before date: 13/06/2021
Frozen Raw Chicken & Tripe (500g) - batch code: 15331547, best before date: 13/06/2021

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The cubs were born to first-time parents Esra and Crispin on the 9 September. This is the first time the Zoo has bred Amur leopard cubs on-site.

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The cubs are said to be “looking well” and are expected to emerge from their den in a few weeks.  

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