Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Voluntary Recall by Procter & Gamble

Written by your CP Product Safety Volunteer

Well folks, you may have heard that we have another pet food recall from Proctor & Gamble (P&G), this time affecting Iams & Eukanuba products.  This affects both dog AND cat foods, so please Click on this link and check your bags against the lot/UPC codes listed there:

P&G cites salmonella concerns as the cause of this voluntary recall:

“The Procter & Gamble Company (P&G) has voluntarily recalled specific lots of dry pet food because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. These lots were distributed in the United States and represent roughly one-tenth of one percent (0.1%) of annual production. No Salmonella-related illnesses have been reported to date in association with these product lots.

“Salmonella can affect animals eating the products and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products or any surfaces exposed to these products.

“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 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 the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.”

If you have recalled products matching the lot/UPC codes, you may contact the store from whom you purchased -- some retailers will accept returns to ship back to the manufacturer.  P&G also states customers may discard any unused product and contact them at (800) 208-0172, or visit www.iams.com or www.eukanuba.com.  

CP Product Safety Volunteer


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