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US pet food maker recalls dog food nationwide due to potential salmonella risk.

An American pet food marketer and manufacturer is voluntarily‌ recalling some of its dog food over a ​potential salmonella contamination, the Food and Drug⁤ Administration ⁢(FDA) has announced.

Texas-based⁤ Mid America Pet Food ​is ​recalling three lots of its Victor⁢ Super Premium Dog ​Food, Select Beef​ Meal​ &⁢ Brown Rice Formula, the FDA⁣ said in an Oct. 30⁤ announcement.

The⁢ recalled products were produced at Mid America‍ Pet Food’s⁢ Mount Pleasant production facility and were‌ distributed⁢ to various retailers ⁤and distributors in ‌the ⁣United States.

In‌ its announcement, the FDA said the Mount Pleasant production ⁢facility “has the potential to be contaminated with ⁢Salmonella.”

“This voluntary recall⁤ was initiated after ‌a third-party conducted random sampling and product associated with three lots tested positive for ‍Salmonella,”⁤ the FDA said.

No human or pet⁤ illnesses have been reported to date.

The affected products in the recall are‌ 5-pound, 15-pound, and 40-pound bags of‌ the ⁢Victor Super Premium‌ Dog Food, Select Beef Meal & Brown Rice Formula with a best-by‌ date of ​June 12, 2024.

The‍ lot ⁤numbers affected​ are 1000016890, 1000016891, ⁢and 1000016892.

No other products are included in the recall, which the FDA noted is separate from another, unrelated Mid America Pet Food recall over salmonella concerns on Sept. 3. That⁤ recall involved the‌ company’s Victor Super Premium Dog Food, Hi-Pro ‍Plus which is also produced ⁣at its Mount Pleasant production facility.

The FDA ‌urged retailers and ‌distributors‌ to⁣ immediately pull the recalled lots from their inventory ​and⁢ shelves and not ⁢to sell or donate the ⁣products.

What Is Salmonella?

“Do ​not feed the recalled products to​ pets or any ‌other animals. Destroy the food⁤ in⁢ a way that children, pets, and wildlife cannot access. Wash ⁢and sanitize pet food bowls, cups, and storage ‍containers,” the agency said. “Always ensure that you wash and sanitize your hands after handling recalled food ‍or any utensils‌ that​ come in contact with recalled food.”

Salmonella⁢ are bacteria that live in the‍ intestines of people and⁣ animals and can cause symptoms‌ such ‍as diarrhea, fever, and stomach‍ cramps, although in some cases it ​can cause‍ severe ​disease, according ‍to the ⁤Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Individuals can⁢ contract​ salmonella in a number of ways, ‍such as by consuming contaminated food ⁢or drinking contaminated water, or touching​ animals that are⁢ infected.

Symptoms⁣ of salmonella poisoning typically begin within six hours​ to six days after ‍infection and can last four to⁢ seven days, although some people do not display symptoms until several weeks after infection.

In rare cases, salmonella can lead‌ to ⁤serious health implications including ‍arterial infections, endocarditis, and arthritis.

“Salmonella can affect animals eating the ‍products and there is risk ​to humans from handling⁢ contaminated pet products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after ‌having ⁣contact with the ⁤products⁢ or ⁣any surfaces exposed to these products,” the FDA notes.

Pets with‌ salmonella infections may display signs of lethargy and have diarrhea or bloody​ diarrhea, fever, and vomiting, according⁣ to the FDA.

“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. If⁣ your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these⁢ symptoms, please contact your veterinarian,” the ⁣agency said.

The Epoch Times has contacted Mid America Pet Food ⁢for ⁣further comment.

How can consumers ‌report ⁤adverse ‍events or illnesses related to the consumption of the recalled pet food products

All bowls, utensils, food prep surfaces, pet bedding, toys, and any other items that may have come into contact with the recalled products,” ⁢the ⁣FDA advised.

Salmonella is a bacteria that ‌can cause illness in both humans and ⁤animals. In ⁢humans, it can ‍cause symptoms such as fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), ⁣nausea, vomiting, and ‌abdominal pain.⁢ In some cases, salmonella infection can lead ​to more⁢ severe complications, ⁣especially in young⁤ children, ⁣elderly individuals, ⁢and those with weakened immune systems.

Pets infected with salmonella may not⁣ always ⁣show symptoms,⁤ but they can still carry ⁣the bacteria and potentially infect humans. Common symptoms in pets include fever, diarrhea, lethargy, and decreased appetite.

It is important to handle pet ⁣food safely to prevent the spread of⁤ salmonella. This​ includes washing hands thoroughly after handling pet food, as well as cleaning and disinfecting any surfaces ‌or utensils that⁤ come into contact with the food.

If ‌you ⁤or your​ pet have​ consumed any of the recalled products ‌and are ⁤experiencing symptoms, it ‍is recommended to seek​ medical ⁢attention or veterinary care.

Consumers who have purchased the affected ⁢products are advised⁤ to stop ⁢feeding them ‌to their pets⁤ and ⁤return them to the place of ⁣purchase for a full refund.⁢

The FDA also encourages consumers to⁤ report any adverse⁢ events or illnesses related to⁢ the consumption of these products through the Safety Reporting Portal on their website.

For more information and‌ specific details on⁣ the recalled​ products, including package images and lot numbers, visit the FDA’s website or‌ contact Mid America Pet ⁤Food directly.

It‍ is always important to stay informed⁤ about product ‌recalls and take appropriate actions to ⁣ensure the⁣ safety ‍of ourselves and our pets. By following the guidelines provided by ⁣the⁣ FDA and the pet food manufacturer,‌ we​ can help prevent ⁢the spread of salmonella and⁤ protect the well-being of our beloved pets.



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