Salmonella worry prompts dog food recall

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Breeder’s Choice Pet Food on Friday recalled a single manufacturing batch of “Breeder’s Choice AvoDerm Natural Lamb Meal & Brown Rice Adult Dog Formula” due to possible contamination with salmonella. The product affected by this recall is sold in a 26-pound bag and has “Best Before” dates of Aug. 28, 29 and 30 of 2013. The Universal Price Code is 0 5290702043 8, according to a press release from the U.S. Drug and Food Administration.

Salmonella can affect animals eating the dog food and there is a risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products. People exposed to the organism should monitor for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever.

Rarely, salmonella can result in more serious ailments, including arterial infections, inflammation of the heart, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation and urinary tract symptoms.

Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product should contact their health-care 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. Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If a pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, a veterinarian should be consulted.

No human or pet illnesses have been reported to-date, the company said. The AvoDerm Natural Lamb Meal & Brown Rice Adult Dog Formula product was originally manufactured Aug. 29 and distributed on Aug. 30 and 31. Recalled products were distributed to retailers and distributors in several states, including Washington.

Consumers who have purchased the recalled dog food with the listed “Best Before” dates are urged to contact Breeder’s Choice at 866-500-6286 or www.avoderm.com. Staff and company veterinarians are responding to phone inquires and will answer questions regarding pets that have been fed the product.

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