Bravo Packing blames ‘gross unsanitary conditions’

A New Jersey-based pet food company agreed to stop selling its products after federal officials said it had been operating in “grossly unsanitary conditions” and manufacturing pet food contaminated with bacteria.

According to the Food and Drug Administration, Bravo Packing Inc. has agreed to cease selling, manufacturing and distributing its raw pet food until it is compliant with the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act).

Bravo Packing officials did not respond to FOX Business’s request for comment.

A federal judge has issued “a consent decree against” Bravo Packing for violating public safety standards under Part 507 of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Preventive Controls for Animal Food Regulation, which requires that “animal feed facilities take reasonable precautions to prevent animal feed from being contaminated.”

The section also requires that “all manufacturing, processing, packaging, and storage of food be conducted under conditions necessary to minimize the potential for the growth of unwanted microorganisms to protect against contamination of animal-based foods,” according to the FDA .

An injunction between the FDA and the company “prohibits the defendants from receiving, preparing, processing, packaging, storing, labeling, and/or distributing pet food unless and until the company completes corrective actions.” according to the FDA. It also allows the federal agency “to order a shutdown, recall or other corrective action for future violations and requires defendants to pay the cost of inspections conducted under the decree.”

The FDA said it conducted facility inspections in 2019 and 2021 and issued a warning letter to Bravo Packing in 2020. During their inspections, federal officials said they found “evidence of significant food safety violations, including grossly unsanitary conditions.”

According to the FDA, “several samples of collected raw pet food products” tested positive for salmonella, which can cause disease in both pets and humans. Some of these finished samples, as well as environmental samples, also tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes, according to the FDA.

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The FDA said it conducted facility inspections in 2019 and 2021 and issued a warning letter to Bravo Packing Inc. in 2020.
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“The food we give our pets should be safe for them to eat and safe for humans to handle,” Steven Solomon, FDA director of the Center for Veterinary Medicine, said in a statement.

The agency “taken this action to protect public health because, despite multiple inspections, violation notifications and recalls, this company continues to operate in unsanitary conditions and produce pet food contaminated with harmful bacteria,” Solomon continued.

In March 2021, the company issued a recall for some of its pet foods amid concerns it could be contaminated with Salmonella and Listeria. A few weeks later, the company expanded the recall to include additional pet food products. Bravo Packing blames ‘gross unsanitary conditions’


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