NJ Animal Food Company agrees to stop selling and manufacturing raw pet food

Township of Carneys Point

The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today announced that Bravo Packing, Inc., a Carney’s Point pet food manufacturing company, has agreed to cease selling, manufacturing and distributing raw pet foods and to comply with the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetics Act (FD&C Act).

Monday’s action marks the first consent decree of a permanent injunction against a pet food manufacturer for violating public safety standards under Part 507 (current Good Manufacturing Practices (CGMP) requirements) of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Preventive Controls for Feed Regulation.

Part 507 requires, among other things, that animal feed establishments take adequate precautions to prevent contamination of animal feed and that all manufacturing, processing, packaging, and holding of animal feed be done in conditions necessary to minimize the potential for unwanted growth. microorganisms to protect against contamination of animal feed.

“The food we feed our pets must be safe for them and safe for people,” said Steven Solomon, DVM, MPH, director of the FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine.

“The FDA took this action to protect public health because, despite multiple inspections, violation notifications, and recalls, this company continued to operate under unsanitary conditions and produce pet food contaminated with harmful bacteria.

We will not tolerate companies that put people or animals at risk and will take enforcement action where necessary. »

The FDA conducted inspections in 2019 and 2021 and issued a warning letter to the facility in 2020. During these inspections, the FDA found evidence of significant food safety violations, including conditions that were obviously unsanitary and non-compliance with CGMP regulations for animal feed.

Several finished raw pet food product samples collected during inspections have tested positive for Salmonella.

Pet food contaminated with Salmonella can cause illness in animals that eat the food and in humans who handle the food and care for the animals.

Some of these finished samples, as well as environmental samples from both inspections, also tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes.

The permanent injunction consent decree entered into by U.S. District Judge Noel L. Hillman between the FDA and Bravo Packing, Inc., as well as the company’s owner and secretary, Joseph Merola, and its president, Amanda Lloyd, prohibits defendants from receiving, preparing, processing, packaging, storing, labeling and/or distributing pet food unless and until the company takes corrective action .

The executive order also allows the FDA to order a shutdown, recall, or other remedial action for future violations and requires defendants to pay the costs of inspections conducted pursuant to the executive order.

Failure to comply with the agreement may also result in civil or criminal penalties.

Consumers who suspect that they or their pets may have been made ill by these products should seek the assistance of a healthcare professional and contact the FDA to report concerns with this product or any product regulated by the FDA.

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