A Texas farm bureau is urging consumers to stop eating dog food because it may contain a virus that’s being traced to a child.
The Texas Farm Bureau (TFB) says the recall applies to pet food products manufactured in 2018 and 2019.
It said the company that makes it is recalling three different brands because the company may have used an unapproved ingredient and may have unintentionally mixed a new strain of coronaviruses, the Texas Tribune reported.
A child is in the process of being evaluated for the coronaviral disease and is in critical condition, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS).
“All products containing an unlicensed and untested pet food additive that may be contaminated with the new coronaviri strain will be removed from the market,” the TFB said in a statement.
“There is no evidence to suggest that these products pose a risk to the public.
However, because of the possible risk of exposure to the new strain, the TSB recommends that consumers stop consuming any pet food manufactured or sold in 2018 or 2019.”
“This recall does not apply to any products that have already been distributed or sold and are not considered contaminated by the new virus,” the statement said.
According to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), coronaviroids are among the most deadly viruses.
They can cause serious, life-threatening and sometimes fatal infections in people and animals.
Since January, coronaviremia has caused about 40 deaths, mostly in the US.
In Texas, the state has been struggling with a surge in coronavillosis cases, including an outbreak in 2017 that killed 16 people.
TSA inspectors have since warned that pet food sold in the state could pose a public health threat.
Texas has a long history of pet food contamination.
After a man died of coronacovirus-related complications in March 2018, state officials began to monitor pet food production, particularly dog food.
State inspectors have inspected more than 1.5 million pet food sales since March 2018.
TFB said it will offer free testing to pet owners, but not pet food manufacturers.
Officials said the agency has received no reports of illness related to pet foods.