Quality Feed Inc. of Dousman, Wis., has recalled several lots of calf milk replacer because of possible salmonella contamination, the company reported today.
A supplier alerted Quality Feeds last week that some bags of raw material used to produce the milk replacer may be contaminated with salmonella. The recalled lots include about 20,000 bags of product, but only about 700 bags could have been contaminated, and of those bags, about 100 are likely to still exist, according to a company spokesman.
The recalled milk replacer was manufactured between Jan. 31 and March 31, 2012, under the brand names Quality Feed, Dairy Princess, Peachey’s and Yo-momma. The recalled bags have lot numbers ending in the digits 0131 through 0323.
Animals with salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever and vomiting. Some animals show only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Infected but otherwise healthy animals can be carriers of salmonella and infect other animals or humans. Livestock producers who fed the recalled milk replacer to animals and have seen these symptoms should contact their veterinarian, Quality Feed reported.
Salmonella also poses a risk to people who handle the contaminated product. Healthy people infected with salmonella may display nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. Salmonella rarely leads to more serious ailments, including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation and urinary tract symptoms. Customers who handled the product and display these symptoms should contact a doctor, the company stated.
Quality Feed urged customers who purchased the recalled milk replacer to return it to the place of purchase for a refund.