Cat Food Salmonella Contamination: Humans at Risk by Handling Food
A Minnesota-based manufacturer of pet food manufacturer, PMI Nutrition, LLC, is conducting a voluntary recall of 20 lb. bags of its Red Flannel® Cat Formula cat food because of a fear of possible Salmonella contamination.
This is a serious concern, because Salmonella contamination not just because of the negative health effects on the animals eating the products, but also because of the risk to humans who handle the products as well, especially if they fail to wash their hands thoroughly after handling the food, or fail to thoroughly clean those surfaces that have been exposed to them.
Thus far, there have been no reports of illness to animals or humans related to this product. The company claims it issued the recall “out of an abundance of caution” after a routine inspection by the FDA, including testing, noted some possible Salmonella contamination.
The Red Flannel® Cat Food being recalled was manufactured for PMI by a third-party manufacturer, and was sold through dealers to customers in at least 23 states. The lot number for the affected food is 096 13 SM L2 1A, and the “Best by” date is 05 06 14. The lot number is located in a white box on the right-hand side of the lower back side of the bag. The lot number is preceded by a time stamp that is unique to each bag. The UPC code for the recalled product is: 7 42869 00058 5. No other products or lot numbers are affected by this recall.
Those people who are normally healthy but become infected with Salmonella may suffer one or more symptoms of illness, including nausea, diarrhea (which can sometimes be bloody), abdominal cramps, vomiting and fever. Unfortunately, in some extreme cases, Salmonella infection can lead to even more serious conditions, including arterial infections, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract infections.
Pets who are stricken with Salmonella infections will usually suffer decreased appetite, and abdominal pain, although some may be lethargic and suffer from diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Unfortunately, in some cases, pets can infect other animals or humans.
If you have some of this cat food, you should stop using it immediately, and take the food back to your dealer for a full refund or replacement. If your pet shows some of these symptoms, take them to a veterinarian right away. Also, you should be careful to wash your hands after handling any type of pet food, to prevent the possible spread of disease.
If you suspect you may have contracted a food borne illness from contaminated pet food, contact the Food Poisoning Injury Lawyers at Hill Law Firm immediately, in order to protect your rights.