Pet Food Recall: Is Your Dog Or Cat At Risk Of Salmonella Infection? [REPORT]
A pet food recall is being issued by Natura Pet Products after investigators discovered that specific lots of dry pet food could be poisoned with salmonella. The massive pet food recall, issued voluntarily by the company, includes all dry food products with expiration dates prior to June 10, 2014.
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According to the Food and Drug Administration, or FDA, Natura is conducting the voluntary pet food recall after routine FDA testing uncovered a single lot that tested positive for salmonella infection. The products being recalled are sold in bags at veterinary clinics, certain specialty pet stores and online in the U.S. and Canada.
The list of pet foods being yanked from pet food aisles because of the pet food recall is extensive. Targeted products include:
-Innova Dry dog and cat food and biscuits/bars/treats
-EVO dry dog, cat and ferret food and biscuits/bars/treats
-California Natural dry dog and cat foods and biscuits/bars/treats
-Healthwise dry dog and cat foods
-Karma dry dog foods
-Mother Nature biscuits/bars/treats
Natura Pet Products, makers of natural and holistic pet foods and treats, apologized for the massive pet food recall on its website, saying: "We are truly sorry. We know this news disappoints you; we are disappointed too."
The company also said that while a single positive test for salmonella would normally result in just a few days' worth of pet products being called back, the company wanted to take the extra step of recalling all of its dry food products as an extra precaution. "Our first priority is the well-being of the pets we serve," the company said.
My Fox NY reports that the pet food recall also puts human handlers in harms way, because salmonella can spread from pet food to people. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC, salmonella poisoning in humans can cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramping.
In a press release, Natura said signs that your dog or cat suffers from a salmonella infection are similar to those in humans and include lethargy, diarrhea, fever and vomiting.
"Some pets will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain," the company stated. "Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans."
If you have purchased any of the above listed products, immediately throw it out. And if you believe your pet has come in contact with one of the recalled items listed above, monitor your pet for signs of salmonella poisoning, and seek medical attention.
The Humane Society, a group that fights human and animal cruelty, has some tips on protecting your pet from contaminated food and treats. They recommend periodically checking their list of recalled pet food items so you can make sure to avoid potentially contaminated pet food. You can also return any recalled items to the store from which you bought the product.
Also, never hesitate to take your pet to the vet if you believe it has come in contact with potentially infected food.
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