The Procter & Gamble Company has issued a voluntary pet food recall on August 14, 2013. The announcement appears on the Food and Drug Administration's website and pertains to several lots of Eukanuba and Iams dry food for dogs and cats. The reason is due to possible contamination with salmonella.
You can visit the Iams website to find out which states, products and lot codes are affected. The company reports:
These limited products were made during a 10 day window at one of our U.S. manufacturing sites on a single production line. All retailers have been notified of the affected products and are working to remove them.
Specifics of the Eukanuba products recalled can also be found here.
How salmonella poisoning affects pets and humans:
Salmonella can affect animals eating the products, and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products or any surfaces exposed to these products.
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 be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Some pets will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. 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 immediately for further advice.
Read more about salmonella on the PetMD website.
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