Warning, pet owners: The United States Food and Drug Administration this week (FDA) announced a dog food recall, fearing a product could be contaminated with salmonella.
Sunshine Mills has issued a voluntary recall of Nature’s Menu Super Premium dog food with a mixture of real chicken and quail after a sample of the product tested positive for salmonella, a bacteria that “may affect animals that eat them. products and that there is a risk for humans to handle them. contaminated products, especially if they have not washed their hands thoroughly after coming into contact with the products or any surface exposed to these products, ”warned the FDA when announcing the recall earlier this week.
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The company issued the recall after Georgia’s Department of Agriculture tested a sample from a single bag of the product with the sample positive for salmonella. No illness has been reported to date.
“The company tested several samples from the same lot which all tested negative for Salmonella. Salmonella may not be evenly distributed in a batch, which is why it could have been found on one sample and not on several other samples from the same batch, ”explained the federal agency.
Despite this, Sunshine Mills has recalled certain batches of food “as a precaution”.
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The recalled products, which have been distributed to retail stores across the country, can be identified with UPC 7015514363 and UPC 7015514365. The affected products were sold in 3-pound and 13.5-pound bags.
The product comes in a 3-pound bag with the following lot codes:
- TE1 20 / April / 2020, TE1 21 / April / 2020, TE1 22 / April / 2020, TE2 20 / April / 2020, TE2 21 / April / 2020,
- TE2 22 / April / 2020, TE3 20 / April / 2020, TE3 21 / April / 2020, TE3 22 / April / 2020.
The 13.5 pound bags of the product have the following lot codes:
- TB1 20 / April / 2020, TB1 21 / April / 2020, TB1 22 / April / 2020, TB2 20 / April / 2020, TB2 21 / April / 2020,
- TB2 22 / April / 2020, TB3 20 / April / 2020, TB3 21 / April / 2020, TB3 22 / April / 2020.
Animals infected with salmonella may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting.
“Some animals will only have a decrease in appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Infected but healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and is exhibiting these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian, ”the FDA said in announcing the recall.
In humans, Salmonella infections usually cause stomach cramps, fever and diarrhea for up to six days after exposure. While most people recover without treatment, sometimes serious illnesses require hospitalization, as the infection can spread from the intestines to the bloodstream and then elsewhere in the body.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends seeing your health care provider regarding symptoms such as a high fever (over 102 ° F), blood in diarrhea and stools, or frequent vomiting.
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Kayla Rivas of Fox News contributed to this report.