Pet Owners Beware: Midwestern Pet Foods Issues Recall for 10 Brands Due To Salmonella Risk
Midwestern Pet Foods is in hot water once again. CNN reports that a mere three months after the pet food company issued a product recall due to an aflatoxin poisoning risk, they've issued another voluntary recall for some of their pet food brands.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published the company's announcement on March 27, and Midwestern Pet Foods listed the reason as "potential salmonella contamination."
Midwestern Pet Foods Brands for Recall
The following dog and cat pet food brands are included in the voluntary recall:
Pro Pac Ultimates
There are over 100 hundred products that may be contaminated with Salmonella. The company mentions that products that are at risk were those manufactured at their Monmouth, Illinois facility.
Pet owners would be able to find the Monmouth identifier in the expiration date code as "M," and this is an example of how it will look like: May/04/22M2 L1.
For the detailed product descriptions or variants, expiration dates, lot numbers, and bag sizes to watch out for, check out this comprehensive list from the FDA.
It's important to note that aside from the U.S., these products were also exported to other countries, including Ireland, Israel, Singapore, New Zealand, and the United Arab Emirates. Other countries are listed in the company's announcement.
Aside from possible salmonella infection, those who still have Sportmix variants should get rid of it right away. CNN reported in January that this brand reportedly caused 70 dogs to die and over 80 to get sick due to aflatoxin poisoning.
CNN adds that the affected products have "05" in the date or lot code and expires by July 9, 2022. Check out the complete list of affected Sportmix products here.
Symptoms of Salmonella
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Salmonella bacteria causes around 1.35 million infections, over 26,000 hospitalizations, and about 420 deaths in America every year.
For most patients, food is the source of infection. If you regularly purchase any of the brands mentioned: watch out for the following symptoms.
Watch out for nausea, vomiting, fever, stomach cramps, diarrhea, or bloody diarrhea. In their statement, Midwestern Pet Food also mentioned that in rare cases, Salmonella might result in "more serious ailments."
These can include "arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms."
The company urges you to contact your healthcare provider should you display any of the symptoms after coming into contact with the brands up for voluntary recall.
Watch out for lethargy, abdominal pain, fever, vomiting, diarrhea, and bloody diarrhea in your pets if they've consumed any pet food from the listed brands.
Contact your veterinarian immediately if your pets display any of the symptoms as they can be carriers of the Salmonella bacteria and may infect other animals and humans.
So far, Midwestern Pet Food says that there have been "No human or pet illnesses have been reported to date."
For additional information on this recall, concerned pet owners can contact Midwestern Pet Foods Consumer Affairs at firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also contact 800-474-4163, extension 455.
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