Feline's Pride has expanded its July 1 recall to include another batch of raw cat food because of a possible salmonella contamination.
Neither the Buffalo, N.Y. company nor the U.S. Food and Drug Administration have had reports of salmonella infection from the product. A Salmonella infection in humans can cause nausea, vomiting, cramps, diarrhea, fever and headache. In pets the symptoms are similar including lethargy, diarrhea, fever and vomiting, says the FDA.Feline's Pride is working with the FDA to determine the source. The expanded recall involves a batch of cat food made on June 21 of Feline's Pride Raw food with ground bone for cats and kittens, Natural Chicken Forumula in 2.5-pound bags. The cat food, in uncoded, plastic containers, was shipped June 21 through June 26. The previous recall was the same product in a batch produced on June 10.
The FDA recommends consumers thoroughly wash their hands with soap and water after touching the cat food as a preventive measure.
Feline's Pride owner Shelby Gomas told Consumer Ally that almost all of the recalled product has already been consumed. The cat food is made in small batches -- 1,000 to 1,500 pounds each -- frozen, then shipped to consumers nationwide on an as-ordered basis. Once thawed, the cat food has a shelf life of about a week.
Gomas said the meat used in the product batch had passed the U.S. Department of Agriculture testing for human consumption as required by law, but some of it failed a different test by the FDA, which oversees manufacturing of raw pet food products.
"We're caught in the middle," he says, adding that the 5-year-old company up until now had a "pristine reputation" with no recalls.
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