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Hill’s recalls Science Diet dog food for Salmonella contamination

Hill’s Pet Nutrition recalls Science Diet Adult Small & Toy Breed dry dog food because of health risk. In a press release published this morning on the FDA website describes a Hill’s Pet Nutrition recalling Science Diet® Adult Small & Toy Breed™ dry dog food as they are contaminated with Salmonella. The product, part of a single production run, was distributed to 17 veterinary clinic and pet store customers in California, Hawaii and Nevada between April 24 and May 13, 2014.

Accidental release

The recall is limited to 62 15.5 lb. bags of Science Diet® Adult Small & Toy Breed™ dry dog food with the Stock-Keeping Unit (SKU) code, “Best before” date and production code shown below. This product was “accidentally released”, as revealed during a routine inventory reconciliation. All 17 affected customers have been contacted by Hill’s and there have been no reported illnesses related to this product to date.

Product Name Bag Size SKU “Best Before” Date/ Production Code
Science Diet® Adult Small & Toy Breed 15.5 lbs. 9097 08 2015 M094

The SKU number is located on the bottom of the bag, both side panels and on the back lower right hand corner below the UPC code. As illustrated below, the “Best before” date and production code is stamped on the top, middle of each bag.

The problem with Salmonella

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.

How to contact Hill’s Science Diet

Consumers who may have purchased any of these specific 62 15.5 lb bags of Science Diet® Adult Small & Toy Breed™ dry dog food should discontinue use of the product and immediately call Hill’s Pet Nutrition at 1-800-445-5777 Monday-Friday during the hours of 7am-7pm (CT). Hill’s will arrange to collect the unused portion of the product at its own expense at a time convenient for the consumer and will provide a full refund.

This voluntary recall does not impact any Science Diet® Adult Small and Toy Breed™ products with different “best before” dates or any other Science Diet products.

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Mollie Morrissette

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  1. I wish any of these billion-dollar pet food manufacturers would concede that exposure to Salmonella bacteria can be fatal in dogs. At a chronic low-level or, short-term overexposure, Salmonella infection can become chronic, and is then regarded as a disease, leading to pronounced fever, weight loss, blood loss, non-intestinal infections, and repeated unpredictable/ spontaneous diarrhea lasting for weeks. The diarrhea can be especially damaging as it can be dehydrating and affect internal organs. The infection (“Salmonelliosis”) can progress to septicemia (bacterial infection of the blood), which can be fatal. It infuriates me that pet food manufacturers tend to downplay this potential situation.

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