Nationally sold ‘raw kangaroo’ dog food recalled for possible salmonella

The Real Pet Food Company of Phoenix, Arizona has recalled Billy+Margot Wild Kangaroo and Superfoods Recipe Dog Food because of possible salmonella contamination. The recall announcement was issued on Tuesday and posted to the FDA’s website.

Billy+Margot products are sold throughout the country by Petsmart and available online at Amazon, Chewy, and other major retailers.

According to the product’s website, the recalled food is “completely free from grains,” “uses raw wild kangaroo” and is packed with legumes such as peas, red lentils, and pea protein.

Multiple studies, like this one conducted by the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Veterinary Medicine, have demonstrated that commercially available raw pet food diets are more likely to be contaminated with bacteria that cause diseases like Salmonella:

“In a two-year study spanning from October 2010 through July 2012, the FDA Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) screened over 1,000 samples of pet food for bacteria that can cause foodborne illnesses.1 (The illnesses are called ‘foodborne’ because the bacteria are carried, or ‘borne,’ in or on contaminated food.) The study showed that, compared to other types of pet food tested, raw pet food was more likely to be contaminated with disease-causing bacteria.”

TCR will continue to follow up.