Saturday, 20 April 2013

Pet food recall expands: Some high-end pet foods involved in recall

Pet food recall expands: Some high-end pet foods involved in recall, Natura Pet Products has expanded a recall of dry pet foods because they pose a risk to both your pets and also to you for possible salmonella contamination. This company, which is a unit of Procter & Gamble Co., started this voluntary recall back in March. The recall included its dog, cat and ferret foods, as they may be contaminated with salmonella bacteria. The company has now expanded the recall to include all dry pet food products and treats with expiration dates prior to and including March 24, 2014, according to Yahoo News on April 19, 2013.

Pets that eat food contaminated with salmonella can get very sick, which is also true for humans who may ingest the salmonella. Pet owners handling salmonella tainted food for their four-legged friends are also at risk for contracting this, especially if they don't wash their hands after handling it. .

The company recommends that if your pet show symptoms of a salmonella infection to get them to a vet. Symptoms of salmonella might include your pet being lethargic, they may have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea and they may also have a fever and vomiting. If your pet has only a decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain, this too is another way a salmonella infection manifests in pets. Pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans.

Humans infected with salmonella may have symptoms similar in nature to what they animals experience. People may suffer nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, as well as abdominal cramps and fever.

Natura said while it's actively investigating the consumer complaints, there have been no reports of illness that have been confirmed to be tied to the products. Testing of the product by Natura confirmed salmonella in some dry pet food and cat treats. They are exercising an abundance of caution by recalling products made around the same time as the contaminated batch.

The recall includes dry pet foods and treats only. There is no canned or wet food or biscuits involved in the recall. The products were sold through veterinary clinics and certain pet specialty stores in the U.S., Canada, Hong Kong, Korea, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia and Costa Rica, as well as online.

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