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RECALL ALERT: Feline’s Pride Issues Nationwide Recall of its Natural Chicken Formula Cat Food

July 1, 2010

From the Pet Supplies “Plus” web site –

This product is NOT sold by Pet Supplies “Plus”. We are issuing this recall notification as a public service to our customers, as part of our commitment to alert pet owners to any potential hazard to their pets, regardless of the source.

July 1, 2010 – Buffalo, NY – Feline’s Pride is announcing a voluntary recall of Feline’s Pride Raw food with ground bone for cats and kittens, Natural Chicken Formula, Net Wt. 2.5 lbs. (1.13 kg., 40 oz.) produced on 6/10/10, because it may be contaminated with Salmonella. People handling raw pet food can become infected with Salmonella, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the raw pet food or any surfaces exposed to the product.

The product is packaged in uncoded plastic containers and sold frozen to private consumers nationwide. Once thawed, the pet food has a shelf life of about 1 week. The firm manufactures the pet food by an as-ordered basis. This recall affects only those orders placed and shipped from June 10 through June 17, 2010

When consumed by humans, Salmonella can cause an infection, salmonellosis. The symptoms of salmonellosis include nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps, minimal diarrhea, fever, and headache. Certain vulnerable populations, such as children, the elderly, and individuals with compromised immune systems, are particularly susceptible to acquiring salmonellosis from such pet food products and may experience more severe symptoms. 

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 and infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian. 

Food preparation surface areas and utensils that came into contact with the affected food should also be thoroughly cleaned and dried with paper towels that are then discarded. Following cleaning, these areas should be disinfected.  Pet bedding or crates should also be cleaned thoroughly and then treated with a pet-safe disinfectant, as should a cat’s litter box.

If your pet food is affected by this recall, you will also have to disinfect your pet’s food and water bowls. This is typically done by letting the bowl soak in a mild bleach solution (a cap full of bleach in a gallon of water). Always follow manufacturer’s guidelines when using a disinfecting product. Be sure to rinse your pet’s bowls thoroughly after disinfecting with a bleach solution. Dry rinsed bowls and make sure the scent of bleach has disappeared completely before putting food or water in the bowls and reintroducing them to your pet.  (Consult your veterinarian for advice pertaining to your specific pet.)

It is difficult to eliminate salmonella from plastic bowls. If you use a plastic bowl and your food was affected by the recall, you should replace it. (Stainless steel bowls are easier to clean and disinfect.)

Areas where bowls, utensils and other items are cleaned should be cleaned and disinfected themselves.  You should not clean these items in areas where your family’s food is prepared.

Since Salmonella can remain in a pet’s feces, extra care should be taken to pick up and safely when cleaning a cat’s litter box.

The firm and FDA are investigating this matter to determine the source of this problem, and will take any additional steps necessary to protect the public health. 

To date, both the firm and the FDA have received no reports of Salmonella infection relating to this product. 

This product should not be fed to pets but should instead be disposed of in a safe manner (e.g., in a securely covered trash receptacle). People who are experiencing the symptoms of Salmonella infection after having handled the pet food product should seek medical attention, and report their use of the product and illness to the nearest FDA office. 

People should thoroughly wash their hands after handling the pet food – especially those made from raw animal protein such as meat or fish — to help prevent infection. People may risk bacterial infection not only by handling pet foods, but by contact with pets or surfaces exposed to these foods, so it is important that they thoroughly wash their hands with hot water and soap. 

Since certain vulnerable populations, such as children, the elderly, and individuals with compromised immune systems, are particularly at risk from exposure they should avoid handling this product. 

Consumers with questions should contact the company at (716) 580-3096, Monday –Friday from 10 am – 4 pm EDT.

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