Procter & Gamble is expanding a dog and cat food recall to include veterinary and some specialized dry pet food as a precautionary measure because there is the possibility of salmonella contamination.
Though it should be emphasized that no salmonella-related illnesses have been reported.
The following dry pet food products are included in the recall:
Iams Veterinary Dry Formulas
Eukanuba Naturally Wild
Eukanuba Custom Care Sensitive Skin
For a full list consult the Iams website.
The affected products are sold in veterinary clinics and specialty pet retailers throughout the United States and Canada. No canned food, biscuits/treats or supplements are affected by this announcement. A full listing of UPC codes can be found at the Iams site.
These products are made in a single, specialized facility. In consulation with the Food and Drug Administration, P&G decided to recall all foods made at that facility.
The company advises consumers who have purchased the specific dry pet foods listed should discard them. 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. Symptoms of salmonella poisoning include nausea, vomiting, 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.
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 call P&G toll-free at 877-340-8823. Consumers may also check the Iams website for more.