Months after the company called Midwestern Pet Foods Inc. For dozens of products potentially linked to the deaths of more than 70 dogs, the company is voluntarily recalling select foods for dogs and cats that may have been contaminated with salmonella.
The family-owned Evansville, Indiana company says the new recall concerns specific batches and expiration dates for 10 of its dog and cat food brands in a recall notice posted on the Food and Drug Administration’s website on Tuesday.
The recalled products were distributed to retail stores across the country and to online retailers. Consumers have been advised “not to feed recalled products to pets or any other animals” while retailers have been asked to withdraw products from store shelves and stock.
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The recall is the result of a “routine sampling program by the company which revealed that the end products may contain bacteria.” All other Midwestern Pet Foods products are not affected by this recall, according to the recalls.
While there is a long list of affected products posted on both the Food and Drug Administration and the company’s websites, “no human or pet illnesses have been reported to date.”
The affected products were produced at our Monmouth, Illinois production facility under less than 10 brand names: CanineX, Earthborn Holistic, Venture, Unrefined, Sportmix Wholesomes, Pro Pac, Pro Pac Ultimates, Sportstrail, Sportmix and Meridian.
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“Destroy food in a way that children, pets, and wildlife cannot reach it. Wash and sterilize pet food bowls, cups, and storage containers,” the recall notice states. “Always make sure to wash and sanitize your hands after handling food that has been retrieved or any items that come into contact with the food that has been retrieved.”
In a statement on its website, the company calls itself a fourth-generation family business “committed to ensuring our products are safe and nutritious for nearly 100 years.”
In December, the company recalled some of its Sportmix pet food after reports that the food was linked to multiple dog deaths and may contain unsafe levels of aflatoxin, a mold byproduct. The recall was expanded in January to include more of the company’s own brands and products and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said it was investigating.
See the full list of affected products, part numbers, UPC codes, and expiration dates at www.midwesternpetfoods.com.
Call Midwestern Pet Foods Consumer Affairs at 800-474-4163, Extension 455, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays Central Time, or email email@example.com for more information.
Symptoms of salmonella
The subpoena said salmonella can affect animals that eat the products and that humans are at risk of handling contaminated pet products.
“Petes infected with salmonella may be lethargic and suffer from diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever and vomiting. Some pets will only have poor appetite, fever and abdominal pain,” the recall said. “Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers of the infection and infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.”
Healthy people with salmonella should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping, and fever.
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