Affected products sold in markets outside the original Loveland, Colo., area.
Posted: September 1, 2010, 3 p.m. EDT
Recalled Iams Proactive Health Indoor Weight & Hairball Care dry cat food began in a Colorado town, but have expanded to several states.
After pulling its Iams Proactive Health Indoor Weight & Hairball Care dry cat food from store shelves in Colorado earlier this week, Procter & Gamble Co. (P&G) now reports that the affected product was sold in several other states.
The recall is limited to 6.8-pound bags with a code date of 02304173 (B1-B6) and the UPC number 1901403921. No other Iams pet food products are affected, according to the company.
P&G issued a limited recall of the product on Sunday. At that time, the company said it believed three bags had been purchased in Loveland, Colo.
Today, P&G reported that the affected product was sold through a single retailer in the following states: Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. P&G did not clarify which retailer.
P&G estimates that less than 60 bags may have been purchased by consumers. No illnesses have been reported.
Dogs and cats with salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Some pets may have decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans, according to the company. Cat owners are urged to contact their veterinarian if their pet has consumed the recalled product and is exhibiting these symptoms.
Humans can also become infected, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the cat food or surfaces exposed to the recalled product, according to the company. Symptoms in humans may include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fever and headache. Children, the elderly and people with compromised immune systems are particularly susceptible to infection, according to the company.
Consumers who have purchased Iams Proactive Health Indoor Weight & Hairball Care dry cat food are urged to discard the product and call P&G toll-free at (800) 862-3332 Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. EST for a product replacement.
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