Salmonella worry prompts company to recall cat food

Primal Pet Foods is taking back certain lots of 'Feline Chicken & Salmon Formula.'

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Primal Pet Foods Inc. of California started a voluntary recall of its "Feline Chicken & Salmon Formula" with a "Best By" date code of 043112-17.

The cat food, which comes in four-pound bags of nuggets, may be contaminated with salmonella. The only product affected is limited to Feline Chicken & Salmon Formula with a "Best By" date code of 043112-17. No other Primal Pet Foods products are affected.

The company specializes in using all human-grade raw foods in its dog and cat products, according to its website. Products are sold nationally.

The recall is limited to the Primal Pet Foods Feline Chicken & Salmon Formula. Anyone who has purchased the recalled bags are urged to contact the company at 866-566-4652.

Opened packages should be disposed of in a safe manner by securing it in a covered trash container.

No pet or human illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this lot code. Salmonella can affect humans and animals and people handling raw frozen pet foods may become infected with the disease, particularly if they have not followed safe handling guidelines.

Pets with salmonella infections may become lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, or vomiting. Some pets may experience only a decreased appetite, fever, or abdominal pain. Infected, but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If a pet has consumed any of the affected product and is experiencing any of these symptoms, contact a veterinarian.

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