Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Proctor & Gamble Pet Food Recall

August 3, 2010
Continued concerns over salmonella contamination have prompted an Ohio company to expand its previous recall to include some Iams and Eukanuba dry dog and cat foods.
The Procter & Gamble company (P&G) said it's taking the action because the pet food has the “potential to be contaminated” with salmonella, a bacterium that can cause food poisoning.
The company -- which makes Iams and Eukanuba products -- said it has not received any reports of illnesses linked to the recalled foods.
The expanded recall includes the following Iams and Eukanuba products:
Product Name
"Best-By" Dates
UPC Code
Iams Veterinary Dry Formulas
All dry sizes and varieties
01Jul10 - 01Dec11
All UPC Codes
Eukanuba Naturally WildAll dry sizes and varieties
01Jul10 - 01Dec11
All UPC Codes
Eukanuba PureAll dry sizes and varieties
01Jul10 - 01Dec11
All UPC Codes
Eukanuba Custom Care Sensitive SkinAll dry sizes
01Jul10 - 01Dec11
All UPC Codes
The company sold the recalled foods in veterinary clinics and specialty pet stores in the United States and Canada.
“These products are made in a single, specialized facility,” the company said in a written statement. “In cooperation with FDA, P&G determined that some products made at this facility have the potential for salmonella contamination. As a precautionary measure, P&G is recalling all products made at this facility.”
Pet owners who purchased the recalled foods should immediately discard the products, the company said.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said pet owners could become infected with salmonella if they handle the recalled foods - especially if they don’t wash their hands after touching surfaced exposed to the products.
Symptoms of salmonella infections in healthy people include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever, the FDA said. In rare cases, salmonella can cause arterial infections, arthritis, muscle pain, and other serious health problems.
Pets with salmonella infections may have decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain, the FDA said. If the infections are not treated, pets can become lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever and vomiting.
The FDA also warned that infected -- but otherwise healthy -- pets can spread salmonella to other animals or people.
Consumers with dogs or cats that ate the recalled foods should contact their veterinarians if their pets experience any of these symptoms, the FDA said.
For more information about this expanded recall or a refund pet owners can contact P&G at 877-340-8823.