Monday, July 26, 2010

New Iams Recall

July 26, 2010

The Proctor & Gamble Company has issued a voluntary recall of 5.5 pound bags of dry Iams Veterinary Formula Feline Renal with the lot numbers 01384174B4 and 01384174B2. Lot numbers can be found on the lower right corner on the back of the bag.

A random sampling by the FDA has tested positive for Salmonella.

Salmonella is a bacteria that can cause severe gastrointestinal disease. It can also affect other organ systems as well. Typical signs associated with Salmonella in pets include but are not limited to: vomiting, diarrhea, diarrhea with blood, lethargy, depression, weakness, loss of appetite, weight loss, fever, and abdominal pain.

Animals that don't show clinical signs can also be carriers of Salmonella and pass it to other pets and humans.

If your pet has any signs or has ingested the product mentioned above, please contact your veterinarian.

Salmonella can affect humans and there is a risk if you or someone you know has come in contact with pet food, treats or supplements contaminated with Salmonella, this includes dry products. The elderly, children and immunocompromised individuals are most at risk.

To reduce risk of infection, people should wash their hands with hot soapy water after touching pet foods and surfaces pet foods have come in contact with.

Consumers who have purchased dry cat food with these codes should discard it. For further information or a product refund call P&G toll-free at 877-894-4458 (Monday - Friday, 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM EST).

This is the second Iams recall in the past month. The first was a voluntary recall of Iams ProActive Health canned Cat and Kitten Food - all varieties of 3 oz & 5.5 oz cans with the date 09/2011 to 06/2012 on the bottom of the can. It was found that this product may contain insufficient levels of Vitamin B1 (thiamine).

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