RECALL: Kaytee Forti-Diet Pro Health Mouse, Rat and Hamster food

Pet food recalls not only effect dogs and cats, but our other little furry and feathered friends as well; on Tuesday Kaytee Pet Products announced a recall for a single batch of Kaytee Forti-Diet Pro Health Mouse, Rat and Hamster due to possible contamination with Salmonella.

The product affected by this recall is identified below and has the following “Best Before” dates:

Material # UPC Code Size Product Name/Description Best Before Code
100502315 71859 00001 6/5 lb. Kaytee Forti-Diet Pro Health Mouse, Rat & Hamster 03-Apr-2013 K61
100502086 71859 99995 25 lb. Kaytee Forti-Diet Pro Health Mouse, Rat & Hamster 31-Mar-2013
100502085 71859 99994 6/3 lb. Kaytee Forti-Diet Pro Health Mouse, Rat & Hamster 31-Mar-2013 K63
100502275 71859 00000 25 lb. Kaytee Forti-Diet Pro Health Mouse, Rat & Hamster – Petco Stores Only 30-Mar-2013

Product and product lots that do not appear on the list above are not subject to this recall.

According to Kaytee’s notice on their website:

No human or pet illnesses have been reported to-date. The recall notification is being issued based on a single manufacturing batch wherein a sample with the “Best Before” date of (lot) 03APR13K61 had a positive result for Salmonella in a random sample test conducted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The Kaytee Forti-Diet Pro Health Mouse, Rat & Hamster product was originally manufactured on January 5 and 6, 2012. Kaytee is taking immediate action to remove the product from all retail stores and distribution centers, and to fully investigate the cause.

Recalled products were distributed to retailers and distributors in the states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin; and, into the countries of Abu Dhabi, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Czechoslovakia, Dominican Republic, Dutch Antilles, Finland, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Guam, Honduras, Hong Kong, Ireland, Israel, Japan, Korea, Kuwait, Mexico, New Zealand, Pakistan, Panama, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, Sweden, Thailand, and Trinidad.

Consumers who have purchased the Kaytee Forti-Diet Pro Health Mouse, Rat & Hamster product with the above-referenced “Best Before” dates are urged to contact Kaytee Customer Service representatives.

Kaytee Customer Service representatives and company veterinarians are responding to inquires through the 1-800-Kaytee1 (800 529-8331) phone number or email or the form below [online at Kaytee’s website] and will answer any questions regarding pets that have been fed the product.

To receive a refund for product affected by the Kaytee Forti-Diet Pro Health Mouse, Rat and Hamster recall or a coupon good for future purchase, please complete this form  [online at Kaytee’s website] in full with the required information.

Special note about Salmonella: Salmonella can affect animals eating the products and there is a 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 exposed to 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.

SOURCE:  Kaytee Pet Foods

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