Two popular pet food brands have been recalled due to recent salmonella contamination. If you feed your pet Iams or Eukanuba, you should immediately crosscheck the lot number to ensure your pet isn’t at risk of being fed contaminated food.
Parent company, Procter & Gamble says the contaminated lots represent a small number of the total production, but as a precaution they are still issuing warnings and removing product from store shelves. It is important to keep in mind that humans are susceptible when coming in contact with the harmful bacteria as well, which occurs primarily through the handling and administering of food to their pets.
According to Procter & Gamble, “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. Infected, but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers, infecting other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.”
To check the lot number of your pet food, visit this page.
We often underestimate the importance of purchasing US made pet foods, supplements, and products that adhere to strict manufacturing standards. This is yet another incident of contamination in a long chain of pet food, treat, and supplement recalls. Products and foods made in the United States have stricter quality control standards than those imported from abroad. Whenever possible purchase American made goods from reputable and trusted sources.