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Red Flannel cat food recalled: Salmonella

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PMI Nutrition of Arden Hills, Minnesota, has issued a recall of their 20 pound bags of Red Flannel Cat Formula cat food after routine testing by the FDA identified possible Salmonella contamination.

PMI is stating that at this time there have been no reports of illness in connection with the cat food, but the recall is being conducted as a precautionary measure.

The recalled food was manufactured at a third party producer for PMI and was sold through dealers and distributed in Illinois and 22 other states: Alabama, Georgia, Iowa, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, North Carolina, North Dakota, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Vermont, Wisconsin and West Virginia.

The lot number and best-by date included in this recall are as follows:

Best by 05 06 14 096 13 SM L2 1A (lot number)

The UPC code: 7 42869 00058 5.

The lot number is printed in a white box on the lower back side of the bag on the right-hand side. The lot number will be preceded by a time stamp that will be unique to each bag, for example 14:32.

People handling any product contaminated with Salmonella may potentially become infected, so it’s important to thoroughly wash your hands and all surfaces that have come into contact with the dry cat food.

Salmonella is a bacteria that can cause serious and potentially fatal infections (Salmonellosis) in people and animals. Small children, the elderly and those with compromised immune systems are at particular risk. The symptoms of Salmonellosis in humans include nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps, diarrhea, fever, and headache. Rarely, Salmonellosis can result in more serious ailments including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms. People who are experiencing the symptoms of Salmonellosis after having handled any of the recalled products should seek medical attention.

Pets with Salmonellosis 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 any of the recalled products and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian immediately.

Customers should discontinue feeding the recalled product and return to their dealer for a full refund or replacement. For more information on the recall, customers can contact the customer service line for PMI products at 800-332-4738. Customer service representatives will be available Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CST.

FDA Recall – Firm Press Release

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