Nestle Purina Recalls Cat Food Over Salmonella Fears

Cat foodNestle Purina PetCare Co. recalled 870 bags of dry cat food sold in three states because it may be contaminated with salmonella, said the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

So far, no one has reported getting sick from handling the food, and there have been no reports of cats being sickened, the agency said. Consumers can contract salmonella through handling contaminated food or their infected pets. Salmonella can cause a potentially life-threatening infection in young children, the elderly or those with weakened immune systems.

Even normally healthy people can suffer from diarrhea, fever, nausea and vomiting. Pets get many of the same symptoms and also appear lethargic.Nestle Purina apologized to consumers in a statement announcing the precautionary recall, saying "the safety and efficacy of our products are our top priority. We apologize for any inconvenience due to this voluntary recall."

Nestle Purina said the cat food was sold in Colorado, Idaho and Oregon.

Included in the recall are:

  • Cat Chow Naturals Dry Cat Food in 6.3-pound bags with a "best by" date of August 2012, a production code of 10331083 13 and a UPC number of 17800 11320.
  • Friskies Grillers Blend Dry Cat Food in 3.15-pound bags with a "best by" date of August 2012, a production code of 10381083 06 and a UPC number of 50000 08450.
  • Friskies Grillers Blend Dry Cat Food in 16-pound bags with a "best by" date of August 2012, a production code of 10381083 06 and a UPC number of 50000 57578.

Consumers who bought any of the recalled cat food should discard it. Call the company for a refund at (800) 982-6559 weekdays between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. EST.

Last summer saw a rise in pet food recalls because of possible contamination. While the source of salmonella contamination is hard to track, consumers should take precautions, including washing your hands thoroughly after handling pet food.

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