Red Flannel Cat Food Recalled over Salmonella Concerns
Twenty-pound bags of Red Flannel Cat Formula were recalled by its manufacturer, PMI Nutrition, following FDA tests that showed possible salmonella contamination. The recall affects bags with the following best-by and lot number: Best by 05 06 14 096 13 SM L2 1A (lot number). The lot number is printed in a small white box on the lower left-hand rear of the bag.
The Universal Product Code, or UPC, number for recalled products is 7 42869 00058 5.
If you have a bag of Red Flannel cat food, and it doesn't have either number, it is not included in the recall. Other PMI products, or packages other than the 20-pound bag, are not included in the recall. The affected lots were sold in the states of Alabama, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, North Carolina, North Dakota, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Vermont, Wisconsin, and West Virginia.
Symptoms of salmonella poisoning in pets include lethargy with diarrhea, fever, or vomiting. Infected animals can also act only as carriers of the disease, without showing any symptoms. It can be transmitted to either humans or other animals. Humans who have come into contact with one of the affected bags of food should be watched for nausea, diarrhea (with or without blood), abdominal pains, and fever.
The press release from PMI notes that no people or animals have been harmed so far, and claims that "this recall is being issued out of an abundance of caution."
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