RECALL: Woody’s Pet Food Deli Voluntarily Recalls Ground Turkey Raw Food For Salmonella Contamination


The Minnesota Department of Agriculture is alerting consumers to a recall for Woody’s Pet Food Deli Raw food. Samples collected by the MDA tested positive for Salmonella contamination.

Samples were collected after a human case of Salmonella contamination was identified in the state of Minnesota. Their pet was also found to have Salmonella, however not the same strain as the one found in their human. During an interview, the Minnesota Department of Health found that Woody’s Pet Food made with raw ground turkey was regularly in the home and fed to the family’s dog.

Woody’s Pet Food is sold from their Woody’s Pet Deli stores around the state of Minnesota. Their products are made with human-grade meat and include organs for the added nutrients that they can provide pets.

On their FAQ page Woody’s Pet Deli addresses the concern that the bacteria in their raw food may be harmful to pets, and explains that our dogs are more resistant to salmonella and e.coli. They also warn that humans should be safe when handling raw food.

“The FDA wants you to believe that salmonella will kill your pet. If salmonella and E.coli were harmful to our pets, then over half of the world’s population of cats and dogs would be sick, if not dead, right now.  Our pets have stronger stomachs than us humans.  Unlike humans, they have acidic and short digestive systems. In their natural habitat, they eat feces, carrions, road kills, and trash and lest we forget, wild cats and dogs do not cook their food to kill bacteria.

“People, however, are not like their pets. We can be harmed by bad bacteria and should therefore practice safe food handling no matter what type of pet food or treat we use. Please refer to our safe food handling tips.”

Regardless, their food still seeks to meet MDA standards, and the recall only applies to six batches of one product. The MDA originally announced a voluntary recall of three batches in 5 pound tubs, but Woody’s Pet Deli has extended it further to include three more in different sizes.

The recall applies to the following:

  • Woody’s Pet Food Deli Raw Free Range Turkey
    Use by date: 01/8/20
  • Woody’s Pet Food Deli Raw Free Range Turkey
    Use by date: 01/10/20
  • Woody’s Pet Food Deli Raw Free Range Turkey
    Use by date: 01/12/20
  • Woody’s Pet Food Deli Raw Free Range Turkey
    Use by date: 01/15/20
  • Woody’s Pet Food Deli Raw Free Range Turkey
    Use by date: 01/17/20
  • Woody’s Pet Food Deli Raw Free Range Turkey
    Use by date: 01/19/20

From Woody’s Pet Deli:

“We are initiating this recall after we were notified by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture that retail samples of PLU 5234 with best buy dates of 01/10/20, 01/12/20, and 01/15/20 tested positive for Salmonella. We expanded the recall to include other raw turkey products and production batches as precaution. Customers who have purchased the above products are urged to stop feeding them to their dogs or cats and return the products to one of our stores for a full refund or dispose of them immediately. Customers should always follow safe food handling practices when disposing of these items.

“Through 10 years we have provided quality pet food, and we believe taking this precautionary step is the right thing to do. We are grateful for your support. We sincerely apologize for any inconveniences this may cause.”

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