Iams and Eukanuba, both units of Procter & Gamble, have issued a recall for a number of varieties of dry dog and cat food products due to possible Salmonella contamination. Proctor & Gamble also manufacture Natura brand pet foods, which have had several recalls earlier this year due to Salmonella.
All the recalled products have best-by dates ranging from November 5, 2014 through November 14, 2014. The recalled brands include Iams Healthy Naturals, Iams Proactive Health, Eukanuba Base and Eukanuba Breed Specific. For a complete list of recalled dry dog and cat food products including lot and UPC codes from the FDA Recall-Firm Press Release, please click here.
The affected products were distributed to select retailers across the United States. These products were made during a 10 day window at a single manufacturing site. Procter & Gamble’s routine testing determined that some products made during this timeframe have the potential for Salmonella contamination. According to Procter & Gamble, no Salmonella–related illnesses have been reported to date in association with these product lots.
People handling any product contaminated with Salmonella may potentially become infected, so it’s important to thoroughly wash your hands and all surfaces that have come into contact with the dry pet food.
Salmonella is an organism that can cause serious and potentially fatal infections in people and animals. Small children, the elderly and those with compromised immune systems are at particular risk. The symptoms of Salmonella in humans include nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps, diarrhea, fever, and headache. Rarely, Salmonella can result in more serious ailments including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms. People who are experiencing the symptoms of Salmonella infection after having handled any of the recalled products should seek medical attention.
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 any of the recalled products and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian immediately.
Procter & Gamble is retrieving these products as a precautionary measure. Consumers who purchased any of the recalled pet food should discontinue feeding the product and contact P&G for further instructions at 800-208-0172 (Monday – Friday, 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM EST), or via website at www.iams.com or www.eukanuba.com.