BREAKING NEWS: P&G Expands Dry Pet Food Recall

Iams Veterinary Dry Formulas for cat and dog might have the potential for salmonella contamination.

Posted: August 2, 2010, 1 p.m. EDT

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The Procter & Gamble Co. of Cincinnati has expanded it voluntary recall of certain Iams brand prescription cat food to include additional Iams veterinary formulas and some specialized dog food due to salmonella concerns.

The newly recalled cat food product is Iams Veterinary Dry Formulas (cat & dog), all dry sizes and varieties, "Best-By" dates 01Jul10 – 01Dec11, all UPC numbers.

In late July, P&G issued a voluntary recall of two lots of its Iams Veterinary Formulas Feline Renal, which are sold through veterinarians only. The products included in the expanded recall, announced on July 31, are sold in veterinary clinics and pet specialty retailers throughout the United States and Canada.

No canned food, biscuits, treats or supplements are affected by the expanded recall. A full listing of UPC codes is available at the Iams website.

The recalled products are manufactured in a single, specialized facility, according to P&G. The company reported that some of the products made at the facility have the potential for salmonella contamination. As a precautionary measure, P&G is recalling all products made at the facility.

No illnesses have been reported, according to the company.

Pets with salmonella infections may have decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain, according to P&G. If left untreated, pets may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever and vomiting. Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans.

P&G urges pet owners to contact their veterinarian if their pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms.

People handling dry pet food can become infected with salmonella, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with surfaces exposed to this product, according to P&G.

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 healthcare provider, according to the company.

For further details or to receive a product refund, call (877) 894-4458, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. EDT.

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Pat    Omaha, NE

8/4/2010 5:02:18 AM

Gees, I just bought a bag of Iams, buy it once in a while when I have a really good coupon. Think I'll just forget about Iams now.

Anon    City, CA

8/3/2010 7:15:31 PM

I fed my cat Iams for years. Just after the first major recall my cat went into kidney failure and had to be euthanized. My vet and I are almost 100% sure the food caused the kidney failure. I will never feed Iams again.

Anna    Peterborough, ON

8/3/2010 10:59:07 AM

Yet another reason not to let your cat eat Iams.
For example: my cat ate Iams for about a month and gained more than two lbs! (That's a lot for a 13 pound cat). I know another cat who eats Iams (weight control) cat food and is at least twice it's normal size! I hope people take in some consideration about how good Iams is for your cat. There shouldn't be ANY salmonella outbreaks... the fact that they've found more is rather worrying. Hope they figure this out, and soon. In the meanwhile, don't feed your cat Iams!!

evelyn    beamsville, ON

8/3/2010 10:47:10 AM


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