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Pet Food Recall: P&G expands recall of dry pet foods

Posted Jul 30 2010 6:44pm

P&G is expanding their recent recall, which is due to possible salmonella contamination. P&G will have people available to answer questions 9:00am to 4:00pm on Saturday and Sunday. The number is 877-340-8823.

The Procter & Gamble Company (P&G) (NYSE:PG) is voluntarily expanding its recall to include veterinary and some specialized dry pet food as a precautionary measure because it has the potential to be contaminated with salmonella.  No salmonella-related illnesses have been reported.

Iams Veterinary Dry Formulas
All dry sizes and varieties
Best By Dates: 01Jul10 – 01Dec11
All UPC Codes

Eukanuba Naturally Wild
All dry sizes and varieties
Best By Dates: 01Jul10 – 01Dec11
All UPC Codes

Eukanuba Pure
All dry sizes and varieties
Best By Dates: 01Jul10 – 01Dec11
All UPC Codes

Eukanuba Custom Care Sensitive Skin

All dry sizes
Best by Dates: 01Jul10 – 01Dec11
All UPC Codes

The affected products are sold in veterinary clinics and specialty pet retailers throughout the United States and Canada.  No canned food, biscuits/treats or supplements are affected by this announcement.  A full listing of UPC codes can be found at www.iams.com .

These products are made in a single, specialized facility.  In cooperation with FDA, P&G determined that some products made at this facility have the potential for salmonella contamination.  As a precautionary measure, P&G is recalling all products made at this facility.

Consumers who have purchased the specific dry pet foods listed should discard them.  People handling dry pet food can become infected with Salmonella, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with surfaces exposed to this product.  Healthy people infected with Salmonella should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. Rarely, Salmonella can result in more serious ailments including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation and urinary tract symptoms. Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product should contact their healthcare providers.

Pets with Salmonella infections may have decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain.  If left untreated, pets may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever and vomiting.  Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.

For further information or a product replacement or refund call P&G toll-free at 877-340-8823 (Monday – Friday, 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM EST).

Media Contact:  Jason Taylor  513-622-3205

Bev VanZant, from P&G, just emailed this info. In emails we exchanged regarding last week’s recalls, she told me that the FDA dictated the release. The fact that it’s happening again on a Friday is of concern. It looks like the folks at P&G are doing their best to get the info out as soon as possible, but it sure would be nice if the FDA could get things together so these don’t always happen on Friday (or Sunday!) evenings. FDA, what’s up? Can you give us some insight on why these recalls seem to be happening on Friday evenings?

Again, P&G will have people available to answer questions 9:00am to 4:00pm on Saturday and Sunday. I’ve just confirmed this wieth Bev VanZant, of P&G. The number is 877-340-8823.

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