February 6, 2014
Another pet food recall has been announced. According to a press release issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on February 5, 2014, Pro-Pet LLC has recalled a limited number of dry dog and cat foods due to possible salmonella contamination.
Even though there have been no reports of illness related to these pet foods to date, the voluntary recall was issued because a single field test indicated products manufactured during a two-day period on one production line may have the potential for the contamination.
Those living in the following states should pay particular attention to this recall alert: Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin and West Virginia.
Please refer to the FDA press release for specific products, lot codes, best by dates and UPC numbers.
If you have purchased an affected product, you may contact the customer service line for Pro-Pet LLC at 1-888-765-4190 for further information. Customer service representatives will be available Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. CT.
How salmonella poisoning affects pets and humans:
Salmonella can affect dogs, cats and other animals eating contaminated products. There is also risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products or any surfaces exposed to these products.
Healthy people infected with salmonella should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. Rarely, salmonella can result in more serious ailments including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms. Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with a contaminated product should contact their healthcare providers.
Pets with salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Some pets will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans.
If your pet has consumed the recalled product and presents these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian immediately for further advice.