Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Red Flannel Cat food recalled due to salmonella risk

Another pet food recall......

Red Flannel Cat food recalled due to salmonella risk: Food and Drug recalls

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PMI Nutrition in Minnesota is recalling 20-pound bags of its Red Flannel cat food because of potential contamination with salmonella. There have been no reports of illness, but customers should stop using the food and return it for a refund or replacement, the company says. (AP Photo/The Courier, Randy Roberts)

Brie Zeltner, The Plain Dealer By Brie Zeltner, The Plain Dealer

 January 27, 2014 

CLEVELAND, Ohio—A Minnesota-based pet food company is recalling bags of its Red Flannel cat food due to possible salmonella contamination, the company announced over the weekend. 

PMI Nutrition LLC, in Arden Hills, is recalling its 20 pound bags of the cat food after routine testing by the FDA Detroit District Office identified the possible contamination. There have been no reports of illness related to the product, according to the company.

The cat food was manufactured by a third party and distributed in Ohio and 22 other states: Alabama, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, North Carolina, North Dakota, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Vermont, Wisconsin and West Virginia.
The lot number of the recalled product is printed on the lower back side of the bag in a white box on the right-hand side. The lot number will be preceded by a time stamp that will be unique to each bag, for example, 14:32. The lot number and best-by date impacted by this recall are as follows:
Best by 05 06 14 096 13 SM L2 1A (lot number)
The UPC code for the recalled product is: 7 42869 00058 5.

The food poses a potential risk to the animals that may consume it, but also to people who do not thoroughly wash their hands after handling it.

Salmonella is a type of bacteria that can cause diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after infection, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. While most people usually recover without treatment, some need to be hospitalized. Contact your doctor if you have symptoms after handling the food.

Symptoms in animals may include fever, diarrhea, vomiting, loss of appetite and an abnormally fast heart rate. 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. Contact a veterinarian if your pet has symptoms after consuming the recalled food.

If you have a recalled bag, stop using it and return the bag to the dealer for a full refund or replacement. For more information on the recall, customers can contact the customer service line for PMI products at 1-800-332-4738. Customer service representatives are available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CST.


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