The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced a bird food recall on Feb. 27. United Pet Group, Inc. has recalled four bird food products due to possible contamination with salmonella.
One of the pet food company’s raw ingredient suppliers – Specialty Commodities, Inc. – had recalled a batch of dried parsley flakes.
The human-grade herb was distributed on May 30, 2012 and Aug. 29, 2012 to United Pet Group to be used into their finished bird food brands.
The affected parsley was used to produce specific lots of its “Ultra Blend Gourmet Food for Parakeets,” “eCotrition Grains & Greens Nutritional Supplement for Parakeets,” “eCotrition Grains & Greens Nutritional Supplement for Canaries and Finches” and “eCotrition Grains & Greens Nutritional Supplement for Cockatiels.”
The list of affected bird food packages were then distributed throughout the United States and Canada, October 2012-February 2013.
The recall list along with package size, UPC number and Use-By dates are as follows:
- Ultra Blend Gourmet, Food for Parakeets (80oz bag) UPC 26851 00904 Item # A904 / 056-0904-01 – USE BY dates: 07/20/15 and 10/20/15
- ēCotrition Grains & Greens, Nutritional Supplement for Parakeets (8oz bag) UPC 26851 00505 Item # A505 / 11-20700 – USE BY dates: 10/23/15 and 11/14/1
- ēCotrition Grains & Greens, Nutritional Supplement for Canaries and Finches (8oz bag) UPC 26851 00546 Item # C546 / 11-20712 – USE BY date: 10/16/15
- ēCotrition Grains & Greens, Nutritional Supplement for Cockatiels (6.5oz bag) UPC 26851 00512 Item # B512 / 11-20711 – USE BY date: 12/05/15
According to the FDA,” Salmonella is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.
No illnesses or complaints as a result of this recall have been reported to date.
Consumers who may have purchased any of the possible tainted bird food products are urged to dispose of them or return them back to the place of purchase for a full refund.
For more information concerning refund or further questions concerning this recall, consumers may contact United Pet Group’s Consumer Affairs at 1-800-645-5145, Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. EST.
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