The decision to issue the recall, done in cooperation with the FDA, came after a field test indicated products manufactured during a two-day period may have been tainted by salmonella.
Pro-Pet and the FDA say they know of no illnesses related to the recalled products.
[CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story accidentally omitted the word "no" from the previous sentence. We apologize for any confusion this may have caused.]
The concern for the recall isn’t just about sick pets, but also about the possibility that humans who come in contact with these products may pick up the salmonella bacteria, which can cause a wide variety of symptoms like nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever.
Rarely, 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, says the FDA.
Signs of possible salmonella poisoning in pets include lethargy, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, vomiting, decreased appetite, and abdominal pain.
Some pets may become infected but not show any outward signs of illness. The FDA advises that people should contact their pets’ vet if their dogs or cats have eaten the recalled products.
The specific products, lot numbers, “Best By” dates, and UPC codes can be found in this chart:
These products were distributed through select retailers, distributors and on-line consumer purchases in Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin and West Virginia.
If you have any of the above-listed products, you should stop using them immediately and contact Pro-Pet at 1-888-765-4190 for instructions on how to dispose of the remaining food.
For more information on the recall, customers can contact the customer service line for Pro-Pet at 1-888-765-4190. Customer service representatives will be available Monday through Friday 8 am to 5 pm CT.