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Pet Mouse, Rat, Hamster Feed May Contain Salmonella

Kaytee Pet Products is recalling a single manufacturing batch of Kaytee Forti-Diet Pro Health Mouse, Rat and Hamster feed because it may be contaminated with Salmonella. 

No human or pet illnesses have been reported.


The recall is based on a random sample test conducted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, which found that a single manufacturing batch, with the best-before date of 03APR13K61, had a positive result for Salmonella.

The recall is for:

– Kaytee Forti-Diet Pro Health Mouse, Rat & Hamster, 6/5 lb., material no. 100502315, UPC code, 71859 00001, best before 03-Apr-2013 K61

– Kaytee Forti-Diet Pro Health Mouse, Rat & Hamster, 25 lb., material no. 100502086, UPC code 71859 99995, best before 31-Mar-2013

– Kaytee Forti-Diet Pro Health Mouse, Rat & Hamster, 6/3 lb., material no. 100502085, UPC code 71859 99994, best before 31-Mar-2013 K63

– Kaytee Forti-Diet Pro Health Mouse, Rat & Hamster, Petco Stores Only, 25 lb., material no. 100502275, UPC code 71859 00000, best before 30-Mar-2013

Product and product lots not on the list above are not subject to this recall.

The recalled Kaytee Forti-Diet Pro Health Mouse, Rat & Hamster product was originally manufactured on Jan. 5 and 6, 2012 and shipped to retailers and distributors in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana,  Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin; and, into the countries of Abu Dhabi, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Czechoslovakia, Dominican Republic, Dutch Antilles, Finland, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Guam, Honduras, Hong Kong, Ireland, Israel, Japan, Korea, Kuwait, Mexico, New Zealand, Pakistan, Panama, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, Sweden, Thailand, and Trinidad.

Salmonella can affect animals eating the products and there is a 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 exposed to 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 a pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, contact a veterinarian.  

Consumers who have purchased the recalled pet rodent food are urged to contact Kaytee Customer Service representatives.

For more information or for answers to questions regarding pets that may have been fed the recalled product contact Kaytee Customer Service representatives and company veterinarians at 1-800-Kaytee1 (800-529-8331).  Pet owners can also visit the Kaytee website at http://www.kaytee.com/ .

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