Thanks to an alert posted on Facebook by Wheaton’s Animal Rescue Foundation – Illinois, I can share with you the latest on pet food recalls. For a change, no animals have been reported sick yet, but about 14 people have contracted Salmonella infections from contamination in the following brands of pet food. The list that follows is taken from the FDA page on recalls linked to animal health.
Since April 26, 2012, recalls have been issued due to potential or proven Salmonella contamination one rat and hamster feed product (Kaytee Forti-Diet, Kaytee Pet Products) and dog foods from the following manufacturers:
- Diamond Pet Foods’ Chicken Soup for the Dog Lover’s Soul, Diamond, Country Value, Diamond Naturals, and other brands
- Apex Pet Foods’ Apex brand
- Natural Balance Pet Foods’ Natural Balance brand
- Canidae Pet Foods’ Canidae Dog brand
- WellPet LLC’s Complete Health Super5Mix brand
According to PetMD.com, the most recent products voluntarily recalled, by manufacturer Solid Gold Health Products for Pets, Inc., include these exact products:
- Solid Gold WolfCub Large Breed Puppy Food, 4 lb, 15 lb, and 33 lb bags, with a best before date of December 30, 2012 and batch code starting with SGB1201.
4 lb UPC 093766750005; 15 lb UPC 093766750012, 33 lb UPC 093766750029
- Solid Gold WolfKing Large Breed Adult Dog Food, 4 lb, 15 lb, and 28.5 lb bags, with a best before date of December 30, 2012 and batch code starting with SGL1201.
4 lb UPC 093766750050; 15 lb UPC 093766750067; 28.5 lb UPC 093766750081
These products have not tested positive for Salmonella, but were produced at the same facility and during the same time as the contaminated products, so are being withdrawn as a safety precaution.If you are unsure whether the Solid Gold product(s) you purchased is included in the recall, would like replacement product or have additional questions, you may call Solid Gold at (800) 364-4863, Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM Pacific time.
Dr. Jennifer Coates, DVM and petMD.com spokesperson, notes that owners who have been feeding a bag of potentially contaminated food when they hear of these recalls need to watch both pets and people in the household for vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, loss of appetite, and fever. In addition, take these steps to minimize potential spread of infection and switch your pet(s) to a new food:
1. Seal any remaining recalled food in a plastic bag before placing in a secure garbage can, to keep it from both pets and wildlife.
2. Thoroughly wash all containers, utensils, bowls, your hands, and any other items that have come into contact with the recalled food.
3. Switch your pet to a non-recalled brand that closely matches the recalled variety by matching the first few ingredients listed and the guaranteed analysis on both labels. Avoid big changes in the percentages of protein, fat, and fiber to minimize risk of digestive upset from changing foods.
4. Consult your veterinarian: If you can’t find a new food your pet likes or if despite all precautions the change in diet results in vomiting, diarrhea or other signs of gastrointestinal distress, talk to your veterinarian. He or she may want to check that this is not something other than diet-change-related illness.
To keep up-to-date on all pet food safety issues, you can use the “Sign up to receive Recalls, Market Withdrawals and Safety Alerts” link near the top of the FDA’s Safety/recalls page.