By Les Masterson
The Proctor & Gamble Company is voluntarily recalling lots of dry pet food because they may have been contaminated with Salmonella.
The food was distributed in the U.S. and represent about one-tenth of one percent of annual production, according to the FDA.
P&G’s routine testing found that some products made during a 10-day window at one manufacturing plant may have been contaminated.
There have been no Salmonella-related illnesses reported.
The products affected include Eukanuba Dry Dog Foods, Iams Dry Dog Foods and Iams Dry Cat Foods. Find the complete list with specific lot codes, UPC codes and Best-by Date.
According to the FDA:
“Salmonella can affect animals eating the products and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products or any surfaces exposed to these products.
“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 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 contact your veterinarian,” said the FDA.
P&G is taking below specific lots off the shelves as a precaution. Consumers who purchased a product listed below should stop using the product and discard it and contact P&G toll-free at 800-208-0172 (Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.), or via website at www.iams.com or www.eukanuba.com.