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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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Rare chimp birth announced at Edinburgh Zoo

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 The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS) welcomed the birth of a critically endangered western chimpanzee on Monday 3 February at Edinburgh Zoo's Budongo Trail.

The baby girl will be named in the coming days through a public vote, and staff will carry out a paternity test during its first health check to determine the father.

Mother Heleen's first infant, Velu, was born in 2014, making this new baby only the second chimpanzee born in Scotland for more than 20 years.

Budongo Trail team leader Donald Gow said: "While we celebrate every birth, this one is particularly special because our new arrival is a critically endangered Western chimpanzee, a rare subspecies of chimpanzee."

Image (c) RZSS/Donald Gow. 

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BEVA offering free membership to vet students

The British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) is offering free membership to veterinary students. As part of a new initiative with the aim of encouraging more veterinary professionals into equine practice.

According to BEVA, less than one in ten veterinary students choose to work in equine practice. The association hopes that this initiative will provide insight into the field and the benefits of a career in equine medicine.

Benefits of membership include:
▪ access to a network of nearly 3,000 members
▪ special student rates to attend BEVA Congress
▪ online access to BEVA's Equine Veterinary Education (EVE) journal
▪ free access to the association's online learning platform
▪ free access to BEVA's practical veterinary apps
▪ exclusive discounts on a range of things from cinema tickets to grocery shopping.

BEVA will be releasing a series of short videos over the next few months from BEVA Council members, explaining what inspired them to work in equine practice.

Image (c) BEVA.