Top Quality Dog Food Beef Recall Overview:

  • Who: Top Quality Dog Food has issued a recall of a batch of its Beef HVM 1-pound packages.
  • Why: The batch may be contaminated with Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes.
  • Where: The recall affects Beef HVM 1-pound packages distributed in Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, Maryland, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia, and Washington D.C. 

Top Quality Dog Food, a Maryland-based company, has recalled a batch of Beef HVM 1-pound packages due to potential Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes (Listeria) contamination, which can affect both pets and humans.

The recall follows the discovery of Salmonella and Listeria in state surveillance samples of 1-pound packages of Beef HVM. No illnesses have been reported related to the Beef HVM” 1-pound packages in question.

The recalled packages are marked with lot #071521 on the bottom right corner of the label, and were distributed in Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, Maryland, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia, and Washington D.C. through mail order and direct delivery from July 27 to Aug. 2, 2021. 

If you have any Top Quality Dog Food Beef HVM 1-pound packages with the above lot number, stop use immediately. You can return the product to the place of purchase for a full refund or dispose of it all immediately. 

Risk of Pet, Human Illness in Top Quality Dog Food Beef HVM Recall

While pets are at risk of eating the contaminated Beef HVM, humans who handle the contaminated products are also at risk, especially in the absence of thorough handwashing. 

In humans, Salmonella infection symptoms include diarrhea, abdominal cramping, and fever. Pets may experience similar symptoms in addition to lethargy and vomiting. If your pet consumed the recalled Beef HVM but otherwise seems healthy, they can still infect other animals and humans. Top Quality Dog Food suggests contacting your veterinarian if your pet has ingested the food or has symptoms. 

A Listeria infection is most serious, and sometimes fatal, in young children, vulnerable or elderly people, pregnant women, and others with compromised immune systems. Healthy people infected by Listeria may experience fever, headaches, stiffness, abdominal pain, and diarrhea. Listeria infections are uncommon in pets, but symptoms may include diarrhea, anorexia, fever, abortion, depression, shock, and death.

Top Quality Dog Food has quarantined the remaining batch in its possession and discontinued its distribution. Along with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the company will continue to investigate the contamination’s source. 

You can contact Top Quality Dog Food by phone at (240)802-6601 or by email at Its business hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. EST.

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