An Iams food recall includes dog and cat products. Proctor & Gamble announced the voluntary recall of Iams and Eukanuba pet foods. The recall includes Eukanuba dry dog food and Iams dry dog and cat food.
Products effected by the recall are all stamped with “Best By” dates within the first two weeks of November.
The recall was prompted by potential salmonella contamination. The products were produced and sold in the United States. As reported by KCTV, no illness has been reported by pet owners.
Humans cannot contract salmonella from pet products. However, they can be infected by their pets. Salmonella can be passed from animals to humans, whether or not the animal displays symptoms.
The FDA explains that the easiest way to avoid infection is to wash hands after handling pets.
Animals infected with salmonella generally present with loss of appetite, fever, and abdominal pain. More serious cases can include diarrhea and vomiting.
Humans usually display similar symptoms. As reported by Dayton Daily News, in humans, Salmonella can lead to further complications. More serious cases can develop into infections of the arteries and urinary tract.
Any pet or human displaying symptoms of illness should be treated by a veterinarian or doctor immediately.
The Iams food recall is a precaution. Proctor & Gamble reports that less than 0.1 percent of their products are included. They also explain that wet dog and cat foods are excluded.
Around 30 products are included in the recall. A complete list is provided by the FDA. Pet owners are encouraged to stop using the products and throw unused portions away. Proctor & Gamble can be reached at (800) 208-0172 Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. EST.
A sick pet is a frightening possibility. Pet owners are usually very concerned when a recall is announced. Fortunately, serious cases of infection are rare.
Like all producers of pet food, Proctor & Gamble regularly tests their products for any contamination. Even minute amounts can prompt a recall.
Proctor & Gamble stresses that the Iams food recall is simply a precaution. They do not believe any pets have been or will become ill from the products.
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