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Salmonella Scare leads to pet food recall

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March 30, 2021 – A number of dog and cat food brands are recalled by Midwestern Pet Foods due to a possible salmonella contamination that poses a risk to both pets that eat the products and people who handle them, according to the United States Food and Drug Administration.

The recall involves certain lots of the following brands: CanineX, Earthborn Holistic, Venture, Unrefined, Sportmix Wholesomes, Pro Pac, Pro Pac Ultimates, Sportstrail, Sportmix and Meridian, the agency said.

A complete list of the recalled brands can be found here.

Healthy people infected with salmonella may experience some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, bloody diarrhea or diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever. Rarely, salmonella can trigger more serious illnesses, including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation and urinary tract symptoms, the FDA said in a press release.

Animals with salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Some animals will only have a decrease in appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Infected but healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and is exhibiting these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian. No human or animal disease has been reported to date, the FDA said.

Lot code information can be found on the back of bags in the following format:

“EXP AUG / 02/22 / M1 / ​​L #

The products have been distributed to retail stores across the United States and to online retailers.

For more information, consumers can call the company at 1-800-474-4163, ext. 455.

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