Procter & Gamble has announced a voluntary recall of several of its specialized dry foods for dogs and cats as a precautionary measure because the food may be contaminated with salmonella. No salmonella-related illnesses have been reported yet, according to the company.
The recall includes these products:
A full list of all the UPC codes and food types can be found by scrolling down the company’s recall information page.
According to the media release about the recall:
The affected products are sold in veterinary clinics and specialty pet retailers throughout the United States and Canada. No canned food, biscuits/treats or supplements are affected by this announcement.
These products are made in a single, specialized facility. In cooperation with FDA, P&G determined that some products made at this facility have the potential for salmonella contamination. As a precautionary measure, P&G is recalling all products made at this facility.
Consumers who have purchased the specific dry pet foods listed should discard them. People handling dry pet food can become infected with Salmonella, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with surfaces exposed to this product. 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 this product should contact their healthcare providers.
Pets with Salmonella infections may have decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. If left untreated, pets may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever and vomiting. Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.
For further information or a product refund call P&G toll-free at 877-340-8823
(Monday – Friday, 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM EST).
Update: A few readers have left comments about their dogs’ frightening experiences with potentially salmonella-tainted food from Iams. They’re worth reading if you have concerns or want to see if your dog’s symptoms match up with others. (I obviously can’t say whether or not the food caused the illnesses, but I want to flag readers to this information because could be helpful — even lifesaving.) Just click on the Comments button on the upper right corner of this post to read them.