Mars Petcare US has recalled a limited number of bags of Special Kitty Gourmet Blend dry cat food sold at Wal-Martin Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, Vermont, and West Virginia.
The pet food is being recalled following a positive test result indicating a potential salmonella contamination.
The recalled cat food has a “Best if used by” date of AUG. 11 09 on the back of the bag, and “50″ as the first two digits of the production lot code.
UPC code numbers can be found directly underneath the bar code on the package. Recalled pet food UPC information is below:
3.5 lb. SPECIAL KITTY® Gourmet Blend
7 lb. SPECIAL KITTY® Gourmet Blend
18 lb. SPECIAL KITTY® Gourmet Blend
Pet owners should dispose of product in a safe manner (for example, a securely covered trash receptacle) and return the empty bag to the store where purchased for a full refund.
Salmonella can cause serious infections in dogs and cats and, if there is cross contamination caused by handling of the pet food, in people as well, especially children, the aged, and people with compromised immune systems.
Pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Some pets will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Animals can be carriers with no visible symptoms and potentially infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.
Healthy people potentially infected with Salmonella should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. On rare occasions, Salmonella can result in more serious ailments, including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms. Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product should contact their healthcare providers.
There have been no complaints or reports of illness resulting from consumption or handling of the recalled product.
Pet owners who have questions about the recall should call (877) 568-4463 or visit www.petcare.mars.com.