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Salmonella illnesses prompt pet food recall

15 February 2018

Meanwhile, four different pet food companies in the United States have, over the past five days, recalled products over concerns that their food is contaminated with salmonella.

Salmonella infection symptoms in people can include diarrhea that lasts for more than three days, or is accompanied by high fever, blood in the stool, or so much vomiting that you cannot keep liquids down and you pass very little urine. The company recalled the products after being alerted to positive findings of salmonella in samples of their raw pet food products, the FDA said. On Feb. 5, Christofersen Meats, doing business as Swanson Meats, in Minneapolis, (and no relation to Swanson Meals), launched a recall of approximately 4,000 lbs. of the company's 5-lb. and 1-lb. chubs of ground turkey pet food. Pets can get sick and/or carry the bacteria to infect humans. The affected products were sold in pet specialty stores nationwide with an expiration date of 112120ABC. The manufacture date of Turkey Pet Food cases is 10/12/2017, and the manufacture dates of Combo Pack cases are between 10/12/2017 and 2/2/2018.

The company notified its customers of the recall by emails sent only to those customers who purchased the recalled products.

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Contaminated raw pet food is of particular importance because of the potential hazard to both human and animals, according to the FDA.

Young children are particularly at risk for salmonellosis if they handle or ingest contaminated pet food or unwashed bowls used to feed the pet food. The products in question have case codes of 9900008, 9900009, 9900014, and 9900015. The affected product was sold to various retailers who distribute to stores in Colorado, Michigan, Washington and North Carolina. Some pets may only have a decreased appetite, fever, and abdominal pain.

Symptoms typically clear up in four to seven days but can require hospitalization in severe cases.

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As for people, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, "Most persons infected with salmonella develop diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after infection".

Pets do not always display symptoms of Salmonella, FDA said, and can transmit Salmonella to humans without showing any signs of the illness themselves.

Listeria can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Similarly, veterinary care should be sought for pets that show any of these signs.

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The FDA highlighted its zero tolerance for harmful bacteria found in food products for pets. If so, dispose of them immediately.

Salmonella illnesses prompt pet food recall