Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Iams Proactive Health Recall

The Proctor & Gamble Company has issued a voluntary recall of 6.8 pound bags of Iams Proactive Health Indoor Weight & Hairball Care cat food. These bags have a code date of 02304173 (B1-B6) and the UPC number 1901403921.

The bags have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

If you have this product, discard it and call P & G toll-free at 800-862-3332 Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. EST for a product refund.

So far the recall has been limited to Loveland, Colorado...but I would check any bags you own anyway. I will keep you posted on any expansion of this recall.

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 also 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.

The clinical signs are similar as in pets. If you or anyone you know is showing clinical signs after coming in contact with this product, contact your health care provider.

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