Two specific lots of Iams prescription cat food have been recalled by Procter & Gamble because they might be contaminated with <"http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/food_poisoning">Salmonella bacteria. Salmonella tainted pet foods and snacks can sicken animals, as well as consumers who have handled the contaminated food.
The following Iams products, available by prescription via veterinary clinics throughout the U.S., are included in this recall:
Iams Veterinary Formulas Feline Renal 5.5 lbs, Lot Code 01384174B4, UPC Code 0 19014 21405
Iams Veterinary Formulas Feline Renal 5.5 lbs, Lot Code 01384174B2, UPC Code 0 19014 21405 1
Lot codes can be found in the lower right corner on the back of the bag.
According to the recall notice, a Food & Drug Administration analysis identified a positive result on the lot codes listed above. However, no illnesses have been associated with these recalled Iams products.
People handling dry pet food can become infected with Salmonella, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with surfaces exposed to this product. 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 have decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. If left untreated, pets may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever and vomiting. 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.
For further information or a product refund, consumers may call Procter & Gamble toll-free at 877-894-4458 (Monday – Friday, 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM EST).