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FDA: Several pet foods contaminated with Salmonella

FDA: Several pet foods contaminated with Salmonella

Recalls were issued by 4 pet food companies after the FDA issued reports about salmonella contamination leading to pets becoming ill or dying.

One child became seriously ill with septicemia (blood infection) and osteomyelitis, a painful and serious bone infection, FDA reported. The recalled pet food was sold in Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin as well as online. Pets can get sick from Salmonella, but may also be carriers of the bacteria and can infect humans.

The product comes in a 2.4-ounce green plastic bag that is marked with an expiration date of 112120ABC and UPC #7 85184 25105 8. These tubes, known as "chubs" are packaged into boxes or cases of regular turkey pet food and pet food combo packs, which contain a variety of pet food products, the company said.

Christofersen Meats suspended production while MDA and the company continue investigating the source of the contamination.

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), along with state agencies in Minnesota, is investigating two Salmonella Reading illnesses linked to raw pet food.

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To prevent the spread of salmonella from pet food to people, the FDA recommends that people wash their hands after handling their pet's food. The Combo Packs were manufactures from October 12, 2017 through February 2.

Consumers are encouraged to check the lot code to see if their product was affected. The affected product was sold to various retailers who distribute to stores in Colorado, Michigan, Washington and North Carolina.

As for people, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, "Most persons infected with salmonella develop diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after infection". The symptoms last up to a week and the majority of people recover without treatment, the FDA said. However, signs of infection can include vomiting, diarrhea (which may be bloody), fever, loss of appetite and/or decreased activity level. And others can harbor the bacteria and show no symptoms, but can pass it along to other animals and people.

Listeria can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Consumers who purchased this raw pet food should throw it away.

Consumers who had the recalled Darwin's products in their homes should clean their refrigerator and clean and disinfect all bowls, utensils, food prep surfaces, pet bedding, toys, floors, and any other surfaces that the food or pet may have had contact with. If so, dispose of them immediately.