Pet food recalls rarely receives the press coverage that recalls of food for human consumption get, until it’s too late – like the many pet deaths that occurred in the 2007 pet food contamination disaster. It was heartbreaking for pet owners, pet lovers and veterinarians alike.
Currently there are several voluntary recalls in effect. This doesn’t mean that the food contains enough contamination to kill your pets; it could simply make them sick and create the need to have them treated by a vet. The problem with the voluntary recalls is that they are just that, voluntary and dependant on the goodwill and conscience of the manufacturers.
Some of the current and ongoing recalls of pet food as published by the FDA include the following:
Merrick Pet Care recall: 10 ounce Beef Filet Squares for dogs & Texas Hold’em’s pet treats – item #60016, all lots. They may be contaminated with salmonella that can sicken the animals and the humans that handle any contaminated products. To date, there have been no illnesses reported, but these products should be returned to where they were purchased for a full refund. Call the company at 1-800-664-7387, Monday-Friday 8 AM to 5 PM CST. These products have been on the recall list several times in 2010.
Procter & Gamble Company (P&G) recall: Iams Veterinary Dry Formula (all sizes & varieties), Eukanuba Naturally Wild, Eukanuba Pure, Eukanuba Custom Care Sensitive Skin. These varieties with “best by” dates 01Jul10-01Dec11 may have been contaminated with salmonella. They have also recalled Iams Formula Feline Renal 5.5 lbs with the lot codes 01384174B4 & 01384174B2, also for potential salmonella contamination.
To get more information, a refund, or a product replacement for the dog food, you must call P&G toll-free at 877-340-8823, Monday- Friday, 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM EST.
For the cat food, you must call P&G toll-free at 877-894-4458, Monday- Friday, 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM EST.
Mice Direct of Cleveland Georgia (an on-line reptile food source) recall: All frozen reptile food purchased prior to July 24, 2010 consisting of mice, rats & chicks is being recalled. It may be contaminated with salmonella. All frozen reptile food ordered after July 24, 2010 will be irradiated to address the salmonella issue. You should call you vet if your reptile has consumed any of this food. Click here to view the list of product codes being recalled by Mice, Inc. To find out how to obtain replacement products, or for questions or concerns, call Mice Direct at 888-747-0736, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM EST Monday-Friday. You can also contact them by e-mail at email@example.com.
If you aren’t sure if your pet has consumed any of these foods, especially if the pet has been boarded at a private kennel, watch your pet for signs of salmonella infection. A pet with a salmonella infection will have abdominal pain and may also have a decreased appetite. Some may become lethargic and, in the worst cases will have a fever, vomiting and diarrhea or even bloody diarrhea. The other serious concern is that infected pets can pass this to humans and other pets; so keeping an infected pet isolated from other animals and washing your hands after caring for your infected pet is essential to keep the infection from spreading.
If you suspect your pet has a salmonella infection, or if your pet has consumed the above foods, contact your veterinarian. Even an infected pet with only mild symptoms could pass the infection on.
None of the products listed have had any illnesses reportedly tied to these recalls. However, to keep your pets safe, you should not allow your pets to consume the products listed and you should handle them with care when disposing or returning them.
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