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Katherine Scott, DVM, DACVIM
July 26, 2010 -- Procter & Gamble Co. says it is voluntarily recalling two lots of prescription Iams dry cat food because of the potential of salmonella contamination.
In a news release posted on its web site, the company says the recall is for two lots of Iams Veterinary Formula Feline Renal in 5.5 pound bags that were distributed to offices of veterinarians throughout the United States.
The number of bags involved in the recall is not known, but Procter & Gamble warns that in addition to the potential risk to cats, the cat food poses the risk of salmonella infection in pet owners who touch it, especially if they don’t wash their hands afterward.
People with salmonella infection may have fever, abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea that can be bloody.
“Salmonella can cause fatal infections in children, the elderly and people with compromised immune systems,” the company says.
The lots being recalled are 01384174B4-0-19014-21405-1 and 01384174B2-0-19014-21405-1, Procter & Gamble says in a news release. The lot codes are located in the lower right corner on the backs of the bags. The product is available only by veterinary prescription in U.S. clinics.
The company says no illnesses have been reported. “Consumers who have purchased dry cat food with these codes should discard it,” the Cincinnati-based company says.
It also says that anyone exhibiting signs of salmonella infection after having contact with this product should contact their health care providers.
Procter & Gamble states in their news release that cats with salmonella infections may have decreased appetites, fever, and abdominal pain. Pets left untreated may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. The company adds that pets can carry the bacteria without seeming ill, potentially infecting people or other animals.
The company says people seeking more information or a product refund should call Procter & Gamble toll-free at 877-894-4458 between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, Eastern time.
SOURCE:News release, Procter & Gamble.
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