Nestle Purina PetCare Company (NPPC) is voluntarily recalling select bags of its Purina ONE Vibrant Maturity 7+ Dry Cat Food due to possible Salmonella contamination, the FDA announced on Friday.
The products affected by this recall include bags with a "Best by" date of May 2012:
- 3.5-pound bags, with production codes of 03341084 and 03351084 and UPC codes of 17800 01885.
- 7-pound bags with production codes of 03341084 and 03351084 and UPC codes of 17800 01887
Symptoms of Salmonella infection in both humans and animals include abdominal pain, diarrhea, loss of appetite, lethargy and fever. More severe symptoms can include bloody diarrhea, vomiting, headaches, muscle pain, eye pain, arthritis and arterial infection. Human infection acquired from animal food products is typically the result of not washing the hands appropriately after handling the food (i.e., after feeding the pet). In addition, the infection can be spread to other humans and animals through contact with the infected individual.
The product was distributed to consumers in California, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Nebraska, Ohio and Wisconsin, who may have further distributed the product to other states.
Nestle Purina PetCare Company became aware of the contamination as a result of samples that had been collected in several retail stores.
Pet owners who have purchased affected bags of Purina ONE cat food are instructed to contact Nestle Purina PetCare toll-free at (800) 982-6559 or visit www.purina.com for information on how to get a full refund.
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