Salmonella Contamination in Pet Food Prompts Voluntary Recall
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According to Food Safety News, a voluntary recall has been issued by Natura Pet Foods due to possible Salmonella contamination. All dry pet foods sold under five of Natura’s brands are included in this recall.
The voluntary recall was issued after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) conducted a test at the facility and discovered one positive result for Salmonella. As a precautionary measure, Natura has recalled all products manufactured in the facility where the infected product was produced.
To date, no illnesses have been reported in response to this recall.
Infected pet food puts both pets and humans at risk of acquiring Salmonella poisoning. While consumption of the product is an obvious risk for pets, handling the product may pose a less apparent risk for humans.
Pets infected with Salmonella may develop diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Infected pets can become carriers of the bacteria and infect other pets or humans. Rarely, Salmonella may spread from the intestines to other parts of the body and may be fatal if not treated properly with antibiotics, or could lead to arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms, according to the FDA.
“Healthy individuals are usually able to recover from Salmonella without treatment, but children, the elderly, and those with weak immune systems are susceptible to developing severe illness in which hospitalization is required,” states Dr. Jason Dobranic, Ph.D., EMSL’s Vice President of Microbiology and Life Sciences. “EMSL Analytical’s experienced staff of trained microbiologists provides testing to detect Salmonella strains in food and environmental samples in our advanced microbiology laboratories across the United States and Canada.”
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