NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Pet owners were advised to double check their dry pet food after Procter & Gamble issued a recall.
The recall was issued for Iams and Eukanuba brand dry dog and cat food, CBS 2’s Dave Carlin reported on Thursday.
Multiple lots had to be pulled from store shelves and pet owner cupboards leaving pet owners worried.
“I really do worry. He’s just a puppy,” Nancy Marin said.
The food is possibly contaminated with salmonella, P&G said. However, no salmonella-related illnesses related to the pet food have been reported yet.
Both pets and their owners are potentially at risk for contamination — pets from eating contaminated food, humans from handling it and not thoroughly washing their hands or any surfaces that come in contact with it, officials said.
Signs of a salmonella infection include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. In pets, animals can become 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.
The exact source of the problem is unknown but P&G said the recalled food was made at a single site over a 10-day period. The “Best By” dates on the affected bags are within the first two weeks of November 2014.
Pet experts and P&G urged customers whose pets may have displayed symptoms or consumed the contaminated products to see a vet immediately.
“If their pet suddenly exhibits signs of gastro-intestinal disease, loss of appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, high fever, this should warrant an investigation,” explained Blue Pearl Animal Hospital’s Christian Eriksson.
The recalled lots represent roughly one-tenth of P&G’s annual pet food production, the company said. P&G has recalled the products voluntarily.
Consumers who purchased a product listed below should stop using the product and discard it and contact P&G toll-free at 800-208-0172 (Monday – Friday, 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM EST), or via website at www.iams.com or www.eukanuba.com.
For a complete list of impacted products, CLICK HERE (.PDF)
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