Salmonella Cat Food Recall Expanded

Feline’s Pride is expanding its July 1, 2010 voluntary recall of Feline’s Pride Raw food, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The recall involves Feline’s Pride Raw Food with ground bone for cats and kittens, Natural Chicken Formula, Net Wt. 2.5 lbs. (1.13 kg., 40 oz.), and produced on 6/10/10 to include the product produced on 6/21/10.

The recall has been initiated because the Feline’s Pride Raw Food may be contaminated with the dangerous, sometimes deadly, <"http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/food_poisoning">Salmonella pathogen. People handling raw pet food can become infected with Salmonella, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the raw pet food or any surfaces exposed to the product.

When consumed by humans, Salmonella can cause an infection, salmonellosis. The symptoms of salmonellosis include nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps, minimal diarrhea, fever, and headache. Certain vulnerable populations, such as children, the elderly, and individuals with compromised immune systems, are particularly susceptible to acquiring salmonellosis from such pet food products and may experience more severe symptoms and should avoid contact with the recalled product.

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 has these symptoms, please immediately contact your veterinarian.

The recalled pet food is packaged in uncoded plastic containers and sold frozen to private consumers nationwide. Once thawed, the pet food has a shelf life of about one week. The firm manufactures the pet food on an as-ordered basis. This expansion of the recall affects those orders placed and shipped from June 21 through June 26, 2010, which were produced on 6/21/10.

The firm and FDA are investigating this matter to determine the source of this problem, and will take any additional steps necessary to protect the public health. To date, both the firm and the FDA have received no reports of Salmonella infection relating to this product.

People who are experiencing the symptoms of Salmonella infection after having handled the pet food product should seek medical attention and report their use of the product and illness to the nearest FDA office.

People should thoroughly wash their hands after handling the pet food, especially those made from raw animal protein such as meat or fish, to help prevent infection. People may risk bacterial infection not only by handling pet foods, but by contact with pets or surfaces exposed to these foods, so it is important that they thoroughly wash their hands with hot water and soap.

Feline’s Pride can be reached at (716) 580-3096, Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. through 4:00 p.m., Eastern Daylight Time.

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