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Bravo Packing halts sale of pet foods when FDA deems manufacturing conditions “grossly insanitary”

We last wrote of Bravo Packing, Inc. back on March 4, 2021. At the time, they had 2 raw but frozen pet foods recalled because they possibly contained salmonella and listeria monocytogenes.

Fast forward to a little over a year later and Bravo Packing has, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, “agreed to halt the sale of its products” after their manufacturing conditions were found to be “grossly insanitary”. They will cease all production until their products are brought in line with the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, known as the FD&C Act.

A federal judge ruled that Bravo Packing had violated public standards of Part 507 of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Preventive Controls for Animal Food Regulation. Under these federal guidelines companies are required to take “adequate precautions to prevent animal food from becoming contaminated.”

The FDA conducted inspections from 2019-2021, issuing a warning letter to Bravo Packing in 2020. In the letter to Bravo, the FDA cited evidence of “significant food safety violations including grossly insanitary conditions.” Numerous samples collected by the FDA during this time were found to contain salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes. In announcing the new guidance for Bravo, the director for the Center for Veterinary Medicine Steven Soloman released a statement that read in part:

“The food we give our pets should be safe for them to eat and sage for people to handle…despite multiple inspections, notifications of violations, and recalls, this firm continued to operate under insanitary conditions and produce pet food contaminated with harmful bacteria…”

The actions taken by the FDA don’t often happen. It usually doesn’t get this far with a company, but Bravo Packing, Inc. appears to have pushed the FDA too far this time. 

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