A number of dry cat and dog foods have been voluntarily recalled by The Proctor and Gamble Company (P&G) based on findings that the foods had been potentially exposed to the Salmonella bacteria. This action has been taken as a precautionary measure, as no illnesses related to the salmonella bacteria have been reported in connection with any of the foods.
The affected products include Iams Veterinary Dry Formulas for both cats and dogs, Eukanuba Naturally Wild for dogs, Eukanuba Custom Care for dogs, and Eukanuba Pure for dogs.
The recall was updated and expanded on July 30 to include all of the United States and Canada. In the press release, P&G notes that the only foods affected are the dry foods listed. The recall does not include canned foods, treats, biscuits, or supplements distributed under the Iams and Eukanuba brands.
Consumers who have any of the listed products in their possession are advised to either discard them or contact P&G for a refund. For pets that have already ingested any of the foods listed in the recall, owners are advised to monitor their pets' health and behavior for symptoms that may be indicative of salmonellosis (Salmonella infection). These symptoms include lethargy, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal pain, decrease or loss of appetite, fever, and vomiting. Salmonellosis is a potentially life-threatening infection. Pets exhibiting any of these symptoms should be given veterinary attention immediately.
Humans who have handled the foods are also at risk for infection, and are likewise advised to monitor their own health and that of family members who have handled the pet food. Symptoms of salmonellosis in humans includes nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping, and fever. More serious, but rare ailments include arterial infections, endocarditis (inflammation of the lining of the heart), arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms.
While direct contact is the prime concern, this bacteria can also be communicated to others even in the absence of symptoms. If you or a member of your home experience any of the symptoms listed, see a healthcare provider immediately for treatment.
See the full list of recalled products and contact information at www.iams.com.