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Salmonella in the news

Anyone who has ever had a sick pet knows how difficult it is to deal with. Your pet can’t tell you, “I have a tummyache… oh, and by the way, I ate lunch from the neighbor’s garbage can again.” After a night of pacing back and forth at the emergency pet hospital, wondering how you’re going to fit this episode into your already stretched budget, you decide you’ll be ever vigilent in an effort to avoid a recurrence. For that reason, here are recent pet food recalls posted on the FDA’s website for products at risk for Salmonella contamination. According to the FDA, symptoms of Salmonella poisoning may include diarrhea, fever, and vomiting, decreased appetite, and abdominal pain. Seemingly healthy pets can be carriers and infect others, including humans, especially those whose immune system may be compromised.
•    March 6, 2013: Jones Natural Chews Co of Rockford, IL is recalling 245 boxes of Woofers (beef patties) because it may be contaminated with Salmonella. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-877-481-2663, Mon.- Fri., 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., CST.
•    March 7, 2013: Steve’s Real Food of Murray, Utah is recalling its 5 lb. bags of “Turducken Canine Diet – 8 oz. Patties” due to potential Salmonella. Consumers with questions should contact the company at 801-540-8481 Mon.- Fri. from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. MST.
•    March 7, 2013: Diggin’ Your Dog™ is voluntarily withdrawing one lot of its Strippin’ Chicks™ Pet Treats produced on 8-30-12 because of potential Salmonella contamination. No other Diggin’ Your Dog™ products, lots, or production dates are affected. For questions or more information, contact Diggin’ Your Dog™ by phone at 775-742-7295 Mon.-Fri. 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. PST.
•    March 13, 2013: Bravo! is voluntarily recalling its 2 lb. tubes of Bravo! Raw Food Diet Chicken Blend for Dogs and Cats because of possible Salmonella contamination. The recall involves 2 lb. Bravo! Chicken Blend frozen raw diet tubes (chubs) made on June 14, 2012
only; no other products or sizes are involved. For more information on the Bravo recall, please visit www.bravorawdiet.com, or call toll free (866) 922-9222 Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (EST).
•    March 18, 2013: Natura Pet Products is voluntarily recalling certain dry pet food lots potentially contaminated with Salmonella. Affected products include California Natural, Evo, Healthwise, and Innova foods. More information on these products is at
www.naturapet.com/recall. Consumers should call for more information from Natura toll-free at 800-224-6123. (Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. CST).
If your pet has consumed a recalled product and is showing symptoms of Salmonella infection, please contact your veterinarian.
In an effort to prevent passing Salmonella from pets to family members, the FDA recommends following pet food handling guidelines. For the details, and for more information on pet food product recalls, visit the FDA website www.fda.gov/AnimalVeterinary/SafetyHealth/

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