PMI Nutrition, LLC, of Arden Hills, MN, has initiated a voluntary recall of its 20-lb. bags of Red Flannel® Cat Formula cat food for possible Salmonella contamination, according to a U.S. Food and Drug Administration announcement issued Saturday.
There have been no reports of illness related to this product to date. This recall is being issued out of an abundance of caution after routine testing by the FDA’s Detroit District Office identified possible Salmonella contamination.
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.
Red Flannel® Cat Food was manufactured by a third-party manufacturer for PMI. The product was sold through dealers to customers distributed in the following states: Alabama, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, North Carolina, North Dakota, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Vermont, Wisconsin and West Virginia.
The lot number is printed on the lower back side of the bag in a white box on the right-hand side. The lot number will be preceded by a time stamp that will be unique to each bag (example: 14:32). The lot number and best-by date impacted by this recall are as follows: Best by 05 06 14 096 13 SM L2 1A (lot number). The UPC code for the recalled product is: 7 42869 00058 5. No other products/lot numbers are affected by this recall.
Customers should immediately discontinue use of the impacted product and return it to their dealer for a full refund or replacement. FDA will continue to work with impacted dealers and distributors to trace the bags.
For more information on the recall, customers can contact the customer service line for PMI products at 1-800-332-4738. Customer service representatives will be available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CST.© Food Safety News