The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Nestlé Purina PetCare Company announced a recall of Purina ONE cat food because of contamination with Salmonella. Gee, why am I not surprised.
What, Another Purina Recall?
The bags of Purina ONE Vibrant Maturity 7+ Dry Cat Food were distributed to customers located in California, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Nebraska, Ohio and Wisconsin, who may have further distributed the product to other states.
Consumers can identify the tainted bags of pet food using the following information provided by the FDA and Nestlé Purina PetCare Company:
The recall is for bags with a “Best by” date of May 2012
- 3.5-pound bags, with production codes of 03341084 and 03351084 and UPC codes of 17800 01885.
- 7-pound bags with production codes of 03341084 and 03351084 and UPC codes of 17800 01887.
Oh Man, That’s Sick!
Salmonella poses a health risk to both the animals and their human care-takers. Cats who eat the tainted food may show signs of decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Pets may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever and vomiting if not treated. Also, pets that don’t exhibit these symptoms could become carriers that infect other animals and humans.
People can become infected with Salmonella if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the tainted pet food or surfaces exposed to it. Human symptoms of Salmonella poisoning are: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. The FDA warns that on rare occasions more serious illnesses—arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation and urinary tract symptoms—may arise.
Help! I Need Somebody!
Consumers are urged to discontinue use of the Salmonella-tainted cat food and seek professional help if they or their pets show signs of the food-borne illness.
For more information or to obtain a refund for the recalled bags of Purina ONE Vibrant Maturity 7+ Dry Cat Food, consumers can call NPPC’s toll-free hotline (800-982-6559) or visit its website: www.purina.com.
Problems Continue to Plague Purina
Considering the numerous serious complaints on Consumer Affairs of Purina brand foods, you might want to reconsider trusting this brand all-together. Consumers all over the country are reporting disturbing information about their pets becoming seriously ill, they believe, as a direct result of feeding their pets a Purina brand pet food.
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