Tests Lead to Salmonella Dog Food Recalls
This has not been a great week for pet food manufacturers, as two of them have had to issue voluntary recalls of food and treats because of the possibility that the food was contaminated with Salmonella.
In one recall, Tuffy’s Pet Foods, Inc. is calling back certain lots of Nutrisca brand Chicken and Chick Pea Recipe Dry Dog Food. Though the food is sold under the Nutrisca brand, Tuffy’s is the manufacturer. The Nutrisca product was sold to distributors and stores nationwide and it was also sold online. The only products affected are 4-pound bags of Nutrisca Chicken and Chick Pea Recipe Dry Dog Food. They have a UPC Code of 8 84244 12495 7, which is found on the lower part of the back of the bag. The packages affected by the recall have certain lot codes and best-by dates, which are located near the top of the back of the bag. The first five digits of the affected lot codes are; 4G29P, 4G31P, 4H01P, 4H04P, 4H05P and 4H06P. The best-by dates are; Jul 28 16, Jul 30 16, Jul 31 16, Aug 03 16, Aug 04 16 and Aug 05 16.
No other Nutrisca pet products of any kind are part of this recall.
Tuffy’s initiated the recall after the Ohio Department of Agriculture tested a routine sample and found that one of the bags was contaminated with Salmonella.
Coincidentally, Pet International announced a voluntary recall of their 6-inch Beef Trachea Pet Treats for the same reason. This product was manufactured in Florida and sold at retail stores in Colorado. The Salmonella contamination was discovered when the Colorado Department of Agriculture conducted a routine test on the treats.
The only product being recalled in this instance is the Buster’s Natural Pet Supply brand 6” Beef Trachea marked with Lot number 8501450.
No illnesses have been reported in connection to either of these recalls, but Salmonella can make some very sick, and not just the animals. Unless they use gloves while handling these products and wash their hands thoroughly after, humans can become infected, as well. Among the most common symptoms of infection with Salmonella can include abdominal cramps, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea, which can sometimes be bloody. In some cases, the illness can be more severe, including urinary tract infections and illnesses affecting the blood.
Those consumers who purchased either of the above products are being asked to dispose of the food safely in sealed containers and to contact the companies or the store where the products were purchased for a full refund.
If you or a loved one becomes ill after handling pet food, see your doctor immediately. If they are diagnosed with Salmonella or any foodborne illness from contaminated pet food, please contact the Food Poisoning Injury Lawyer at Hill Law Firm as soon as possible to protect your rights.