Mice Direct is recalling frozen reptile feed due to possible salmonella contamination, which could sicken the humans handling it, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced.
The frozen reptile feed was distributed in all states, except Hawaii, through pet stores and by mail order and direct delivery. Illnesses that may be related to the recalled reptile feed have been reported in 17 states.
The recalled product -- which includes mice, rats and chicks -- should not be fed to animals, even after heating in a microwave oven, since the heating may not be adequate to kill salmonella. The FDA ordered the recall after testing a sample of frozen mice. The company is conducting an investigation.
The frozen reptile feed was shipped in plastic bags with the following product codes: M-SP100, M-P100, M-PF100, M-F100, M-H100, M-W50, M-A50, M-JA25, R-P100, R-F50, R-PUP50, R-W50, R-S50, R-M20, R-L10,R-J5, R-C5, R-M3 followed by E9, F9, G9, H9, I9, J9, K9, L9 or A10, B10, C10, D10, E10, F10, G10 and whole frozen chicks in 25 count bags.
Products shipped after July 24 will be irradiated in a similar manner as raw food for human consumption to mitigate any potential salmonella.
Salmonella can affect animals and there is risk humans can become infected with salmonella from handling contaminated pet products, especially if they haven't thoroughly washed their hands afterwards.
Healthy people infected with salmonella should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. Rarely, 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 health care providers.
Consumers who purchased reptile feed from Mice Direct are urged to contact Mice Direct by telephone at 888-747-0736 weekdays from 9:00a.m-5:00p.m Eastern Time or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org for instructions concerning this recall and for credits towards replacement of unused product.
Frozen reptile feed recall: Salmonella could sicken humans