The Arden Hills, Minn.-based company said the recall was prompted by routine testing by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). While there have been no reports of illness linked to the affected product, the FDA tests "identified possible Salmonella contamination," and the food is being recalled as a precaution, PMI said. Salmonella-tainted food can sicken not only animals but also pet owners who handle such food.
Asked for more details about the incident, FDA spokeswoman Cathy McDermott replied Jan. 30 that "this matter is still under investigation and can't be discussed at this time."
The recall applies to 20-pound bags with a best-by date of “05 06 14,” a lot number of “096 13 SM L2 1A,” and a UPC code of “7 42869 00058 5.” The affected product was manufactured in April 2013 and sold to customers in 23 states: Alabama, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, North Carolina, North Dakota, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin.
PMI urged customers to stop using the recalled product and return it to the store for a full refund or replacement.
PMI's website describes Red Flannel as a premium pet food that is high in nutrition and ingredient quality.