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Pet Food Recall, many brands affected

Mars Petcare US announced on September 12th, 2009, a voluntary recall of products manufactured at its Everson, Pennsylvania facility. The pet food is being voluntarily recalled because of potential contamination with Salmonella. This voluntary recall only affects the United States. 

Salmonella can cause serious infections in dogs and cats, and, if there is cross contamination caused by handling of the pet food, in people as well, especially children, the aged, and people with compromised immune systems.  Healthy people potentially infected with Salmonella should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. On rare occasions, 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 be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Some pets will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain.  Animals can be carriers with no visible symptoms and can potentially infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.

Brands include (and there are “types” affected in the brands, so please see the entire article for product codes):
Country Acres
Doggy Bag
Member’s Mark
Natural Cat/Dog
Pedigree
Ol’ Roy
Paws N Claws
Pet Pride
PMI Nutrition
Red Flannel
Retriever
Special Kitty
Wegman’s

Read the entire FDA release here.

Recall Database

Wonder if something you own has been recalled? It’s very hard to keep up these days. But there are many online databases where you can search through various recalls. 

The US Consumer Product Safety Commission has a searchable database on their website where you can browse by category or product type. It’s cumbersome and involves a decent amount of reading, but it’s comprehensive of all recalls that have been filed with them. I also like the fact that they post images as well.

The database goes back pretty far — at least to the mid-1970’s. So, check out those hand-me-downs and second-hand items you may have in your home.

This database covers children’s products, toys, household products, outdoor products, sports and recreation products and specialty products. Check it out.

Babycenter.com also has its own recall finder database

The FDA (Food & Drug Administration) also has their own online recall database. It also lists market withdraws and safety alerts.

The FDA also has a pet food recall database.