Kaytee Recalls Batch of Mouse, Rat and Hamster Food Due To Possible Salmonella Contamination

Possible Salmonella contamination prompts Kaytee Pet Products to do a voluntary recall of a certain batch of mouse, rat and hamster food.

Kaytee Pet Products of Chilton, Wisconsin, is recalling a single manufacturing batch of Kaytee Forti-Diet Pro Health Mouse, Rat and Hamster food due to possible Salmonella contamination.

The recalled products are:
3-pound packages with a “best before” date of 31-Mar-2013 K63 (UPC Code 71859 9994);
5-pound packages with a “best before” date of 03-Apr-2013[**] K61 (UPC Code 71859-00001);
and 25-pound bags with “best before” dates of 31-Mar-20-13 (UPC Code 71859 99995)
and, for Petco stores only, 30-Mar-2013 (UPC Code 71859 00000).
[** Year for the 5-pound packages was incorrect when article first posted on April 30. Year is now correct. Eds.]

No other products or product lots are involved in the recall and no human or pet illnesses have been reported, according to Kaytee.

Kaytee issued the recall because one sample from the 5-pound bags tested positive for Salmonella in a random U.S. Food and Drug Administration test, Kaytee reported. The affected products were manufactured January 5 and 6, 2012, and Kaytee is taking steps to remove the product from all retail stores and distribution centers and to fully investigate the cause, the company reported.

Kaytee urges consumers who have purchased the recalled products to contact Kaytee customer service representatives at 800-529-8331 for further instructions.

Humans feeding the product could become infected, especially if they do not thoroughly wash their hands after handling the products or surfaces exposed to these products.  Symptoms could include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. More serious ailments related to Salmonella include arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation and urinary tract symptoms. Kaytee urged people exhibiting those signs after contacting the product to contact their healthcare provider.

Pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have 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 and people. Kaytee urged pet owners whose pets had consumed the product and exhibited those signs to contact their veterinarian.

The recalled products had been distributed to 28 states and one territory: Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin.

The products were also distributed to multiple countries: Abu Dhabi, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Czechoslovakia, Dominican Republic, Dutch Antilles, Finland, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Guam, Honduras, Hong Kong, Ireland, Israel, Japan, Korea, Kuwait, Mexico, New Zealand, Pakistan, Panama, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, Sweden, Thailand and Trinidad.

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