Dry Pet Food Recalled…

Sep 16, 2008 7:58 pm US/Eastern

Dry Pet Food Recalled Over Salmonella Concerns

EVERSON, PN. (AP) ? Several brands of dry pet food have been recalled due to possible salmonella contamination.

Mars Petcare US announced the voluntary recall Friday. In a press release, Mars did not say how much food is involved, but said the precautionary recall will affect 31 states. The food in question was produced at an Everson, Pennsylvania plant between February 18 and July 29.

Mars said it stopped food production at the plant July 29, when officials learned of a possible link between dry pet foods produced at the plant and two isolated cases of people infected with salmonella.

Salmonella can cause serious infections in dogs and cat. Cross-contamination can also affect humans handling the food.

The brands affected include some of the types sold under the names Country Acres, Retriever, Doggy Bag, Members Mark, Natural, Ol’ Roy, Special Kitty, Paws & Claws, Pedigree, Wegman’s, Pet Pride, PMI Nutrition and Red Flannel.

Affected products would have “17” as the first two digits of the second line on the UPC. Pedigree brand products will have “PAE” on the bottom line.

Concerned consumers can call (877) 568-4463 or visit the Mars Petcare US website.

The company statement said, “Even though no direct link between products produced at the Everson plant and human or pet illness has been made, we are taking this precautionary action to protect pets and their owners.”

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