Mars Extends Recall

 |  Nov 26th 2008  |   0 Contributions


Mars has extended the scope of its previous voluntary recall of dry cat and dog food that may have been tainted with Salmonella. Here are the details:

Mars Petcare US Announces Extension of Voluntary Recall

Last update: 5:07 p.m. EST Nov. 25, 2008
FRANKLIN, Tenn., Nov 25, 2008 /PRNewswire-USNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Today, Mars Petcare US announced an extension of a previously announced voluntary recall of dry cat and dog food products manufactured at its Allentown, Pennsylvania facility with "Best By" dates between August 11, 2009 - October 3, 2009. The pet food is being voluntarily recalled because of potential contamination with Salmonella. This voluntary recall affects product sold at BJ's Wholesale Club, ShopRite Supermarkets, and Wal-Mart locations in Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, Vermont, and West Virginia.

Salmonella can cause serious infections in dogs and cats, and, if there is cross contamination caused by handling of the pet food, in people as well, especially children, the aged, and people with compromised immune systems. Healthy people potentially infected with Salmonella should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. On rare occasions, Salmonella can result in more serious ailments, including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms. Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product should contact their healthcare providers.

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. Animals can be carriers with no visible symptoms and potentially infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.
This action is an extension of the voluntary recall issued on October 27, 2008 of all sizes of SPECIAL KITTY(R) Gourmet Blend dry cat food produced at the Allentown facility on August 11, 2008. We recently learned that an additional sample of SPECIAL KITTY(R) made on September 25, 2008 at the Allentown facility tested positive for Salmonella. There have been no reported cases of human or pet illness caused by Salmonella associated with products produced at this facility. Mars Petcare US is taking an additional precautionary action to protect pets and their owners by extending the October 27, 2008 voluntary recall to include all dry pet food product produced at the facility with "Best By" dates between August 11, 2009 and October 3, 2009.

Recalled Pet Food
The dry cat and dog food listed below are made at our Allentown facility and sold at BJ's Wholesale Club, ShopRite Supermarkets, and Wal-Mart locations in Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, Vermont, and West Virginia.
All code dates, regardless of brand, are listed in a similar format as noted below:
Consumers should look for "50" as the first two digits of the second line.
Best By AUG 15 09 (Sample)
50 1445 1

Product Name / Bag Size UPC
Berkley & Jensen Bistro Blend Premium Cat Food 21.6# 00000 20052
Berkley & Jensen Small Bites & Bones Dog Food 52# 00000 14958
Ol' Roy Puppy Complete Premium Dog Food 4# 81131 79078
Ol' Roy Puppy Complete Premium Dog Food 20# 81131 79080
Ol' Roy Complete Nutrition Premium Dog Food 4# 81131 17550
Ol' Roy Complete Nutrition Premium Dog Food 4.4# 81131 69377
Ol' Roy Complete Nutrition Premium Dog Food 8# 05388 67144
Ol' Roy Complete Nutrition Premium Dog Food 20# 81131 17549
Ol' Roy Complete Nutrition Premium Dog Food 22# 05388 60342
Ol' Roy Complete Nutrition Premium Dog Food 44.1# 81131 17551
Ol' Roy Complete Nutrition Premium Dog Food 50# 78742 01022
Ol' Roy High Performance Premium Dog Food 20# 05388 60345
Ol' Roy High Performance Premium Dog Food 50# 78742 05815
Ol' Roy Meaty Chunks & Gravy Premium Dog Food 22# 81131 69630
Ol' Roy Meaty Chunks & Gravy Premium Dog Food 50# 81131 69631
ShopRite Crunchy Bites, Bones and Healthy Squares Dog Food 20# 41190 04521
Special Kitty Original Premium Cat Food 3.5# 81131 17557
Special Kitty Original Premium Cat Food 7# 81131 17562
Special Kitty Original Premium Cat Food 18# 81131 17559
Special Kitty Gourmet Blend Premium Cat Food 3.5# 81131 17546
Special Kitty Gourmet Blend Premium Cat Food 7# 81131 17547
Special Kitty Gourmet Blend Premium Cat Food 18# 81131 17548
Special Kitty Kitten Premium Cat Food 3.5# 81131 17553
Special Kitty Kitten Premium Cat Food 7# 81131 17554

In an effort to prevent the transmission of Salmonella from pets to family members and care givers, the FDA recommends that everyone follow appropriate pet food handling guidelines when feeding their pets. A list of safe pet food handling tips can be found at: www.fda.gov/consumer/updates/petfoodtips080307.html
Pet owners who have questions about the recall should call 1-877-568-4463 or visit www.petcare.mars.com.
SOURCE Mars Petcare US

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