A cat eating from a large bowl.
Tainted cat food could affect pets and owners. Image: Wesley Oosvogels/Flickr/CC BY-ND

Nestle Purina PetCare Co. recalled 870 bags of dry cat food Monday because of possible salmonella contamination. The cat food was sold in three different states but may have been distributed further. Salmonella can possibly be contracted by humans handling the food or touching infected pets.

Distributed to Oregon, Colorado and Idaho

Nestle Purina PetCare Co. is voluntarily recalling the pet food, it says, as a precautionary measure. According to the company’s website, the questionable bags were distributed in error last February to a small group of customers only in Oregon, Colorado and Idaho. The company warns, however, that the product may have been distributed from there to other states.

At this time, according to the Food and Drug Administration, there have been no known incidents of illnesses in humans or pets.

Only the following bags apply

Only the bags with both the “Best By” date and production code numbers shown below are subject to the recall:

Cat Chow Naturals Dry Cat Food – 6.3 lb. — Aug. 2012 — 10331083 13

Friskies Grillers Blend Dry Cat Food — 3.15 lb. — Aug. 2012 — 10381083 06

Friskies Grillers Blend Dry Cat Food — 16 lb. — Aug. 2012 — 10381083 06

The “Best By” and production code are found near the bottom on the back of the bag. Consumers who have purchased these bags are strongly urged to dispose of them.

Symptoms of salmonella

Salmonella can cause infections to the pets eating the product and to the humans handling the food or the animals. The infection can possibly be life-threatening, especially to the elderly, the young and those with weakened immune systems. Even healthy people can develop symptoms such as vomiting, fever, abdominal cramping, nausea and diarrhea. On rare occasions, more severe symptoms may result. These symptoms may include endocarditis (an inflammation of the inside lining of the heart chambers and heart valves), arterial infections, muscle pain, eye irritation, arthritis and urinary tract problems.

Pets with the disease may have a decreased appetite, abdominal pains and fever. Lethargy, bloody diarrhea and vomiting may follow if the infection is left untreated. Some pets my be infected and otherwise appear healthy. They could become carriers of the disease.

Contact information

If there are any questions regarding the recall, or infection is suspected, please call the Nestle Purina PetCare Office of Consumer Affairs at 1-800-982-6559.


Walletpop: http://www.walletpop.com/category/consumer-ally/
Pet Connection: http://www.petconnection.com/blog/2011/06/27/nestle-purina-recalls-dry-cat-food-for-salmonella/
Nestle Purina: http://www.nestlepurina.com/2011_NestlePurinaRecallsLimitedNum

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