Procter & Gamble Co.'s (PG) Natura Pet Products business has again expanded its recall of dry pet foods because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.
Natura said its expanded recall now includes all dry pet-food products and treats with expiration dates prior to and including March 24, 2014.
Natura first unveiled a recall of certain lots of its dry pet food last month and a week later said it was expanding the recall to include dry cat food and cat treats.
The company said sampling by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and the Georgia Department of Agriculture have confirmed the presence of Salmonella in additional dry cat food and a cat treat. The company is recalling products made in the surrounding timeframe. No canned wet food or biscuits are affected by the recall.
The affected products were sold through veterinary clinics and select pet-specialty retailers in the U.S., Canada, Hong Kong, Korea, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia and Costa Rica, as well as online.
Salmonella can affect animals eating the products, and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products, especially if they haven't thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products or any surfaces exposed to these products.
The company said 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.
Natura recommended that customers whose pets have consumed the recalled products and have these symptoms contact their veterinarians. For further information or a product replacement or refund, customers can call Natura at 800-224-6123.
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