Another pet food recall has been announced. According to a press release issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on January 25, 2014, Red Flannel Cat Formula has been recalled for possible salmonella contamination.
The recall was voluntarily initiated by PMI Nutrition, LLC. There have been no reports of illness related to this product to date. This recall is being issued after routine testing by the FDA Detroit District Office.
Red Flannel Cat Formula was manufactured by a third-party manufacturer for PMI. The product was sold through dealers to customers distributed in the following states: Alabama, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, 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 impacted by this recall are as follows:
- Best by 05 06 14 096 13 SM L2 1A (lot number)
- The UPC code for the recalled product is: 7 42869 00058 5.
Customers should immediately discontinue use of this product and return it to their dealer for a full refund or replacement.
For more information on the recall, consumers can also refer to the PMI press release. Customers can contact the customer service line for PMI products at 1-800-332-4738.
How salmonella poisoning affects pets and humans:
Salmonella can affect dogs, cats and other animals eating contaminated products. There is also 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 a contaminated 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 presents these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian immediately for further advice.
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