Feline’s Pride of Buffalo, N.Y., has expanded a voluntary nationwide recall of its Natural Chicken Formula raw food for cats and kittens to include product produced on June 21, because it may be contaminated with salmonella.
The recalled product was packaged in 2.5-pound uncoded plastic containers and shipped frozen to private consumers from June 21 to June 26. Once thawed, the pet food has a shelf life of about one week.
Earlier in the month, the company issued a voluntary recall of its Natural Chicken Formula raw food that was produced on June 10. At that time, the recall affected only orders placed and shipped from June 10 to June 17.
Feline’s Pride and the FDA are investigating the matter to determine the source of the problem. Neither Feline’s Pride nor the FDA has received reports of salmonella infection relating to the recalled product, according to the company.
Pets with salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Some pets may have decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans, according to the company. Cat owners are urged to contact their veterinarian if their pet has consumed the recalled product and is exhibiting these symptoms.
Humans can also become infected, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the raw pet food or surfaces exposed to the recalled product, according to the company. Symptoms in humans may include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fever and headache. Children, the elderly and people with compromised immune systems are particularly susceptible to infection, according to the company.
Consumers are advised to discontinue using the recalled cat food and dispose of the product in a safe manner, such as placing it in a covered trash receptacle.
For more information, contact Feline’s Pride at 716-580-3096, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. EDT
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