Avoderm Dog Food Recalled for Possible Salmonella Contamination

AvoDerm dog food is being recalled for potential contamination with the dangerous Salmonella pathogen, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) just announced. The recall involves Breeder’s Choice AvoDerm Natural Lamb Meal & Brown Rice Adult Dog Formula.

The AvoDerm Natural Lamb Meal & Brown Rice Adult Dog Formula involved bears Product Code/SKU/Material number 1000065074; UPC 0 5290702043 8; and Best Before Codes (in day/month/yr format) of 28 Aug 2013, 29 Aug 2012, or 30 Aug 2013. The recalled pet food is distributed in 25-pound bags. No human or pet illnesses have been reported to, to date.

The recall notification is being issued based on a single manufacturing batch in which a sample with the “Best Before” dates of August 28, 29, and 30, 2012 tested with a positive result for Salmonella. The AvoDerm Natural Lamb Meal & Brown Rice Adult Dog Formula product was originally manufactured on August 29, 2012 and distributed on August 30 and 31, 2012. Salmonella testing was conducted by Silliker, Inc., a Southern California Laboratory. Recalled products were distributed to retailers and distributors in the states of California, Georgia, Illinois, Nevada, Virginia, and Washington.

Consumers who have purchased the recalled AvoDerm Natural Lamb Meal & Brown Rice Adult Dog Formula product are urged to contact Breeder’s Choice Customer Service representatives. A letter and instructions have been forwarded to all Breeder’s Choice Pet Food customers. Breeder’s Choice Customer Service representatives and company veterinarians are responding to inquires through the firm’s 1.866.500.6286 toll-free telephone line. Pet owners may also access information at the firm’s web site at http://www.avoderm.com/.

As we’ve explained, Salmonella can affect animals and there is a risk to people who handle Salmonella-contaminated pet products. Because people handling the contaminated food can become infected, consumers should dispose of the recalled pet food safely by securing the food in a covered trash receptacle to ensure other animals and wildlife cannot access the tainted product. Infected people should monitor themselves for nausea, vomiting, diarrhea/bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping, and fever.

Pets suffering from Salmonella infections may suffer from lethargy, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, vomiting, decreased appetite, and abdominal pain. Sometimes pets can appear healthy, but can still carry and pass the illness.

It can take between six and 72 hours from consumption of a contaminated product for the symptoms of Salmonella poisoning—salmonellosis—to appear in humans. Symptoms include diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever. Additional symptoms include chills, headache, nausea, and vomiting that can last up to seven days. The illness usually lasts four to seven days; however, in some, the organism can invade the bloodstream, becoming so severe that hospitalization is required. Sometimes, infection with the Salmonella pathogen can result in, and produce more severe or chronic illnesses and can leave sufferers with serious life-long health issues.

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