The Missouri Department of Agriculture’s Feed & Seed Program issued a consumer alert today following a voluntary pet food recall published by Midwestern Pet Foods. No pet or human illness has been reported at this time.
According to the company’s announcement, the voluntary recall applies to specific expiration dates and pet food brands, including CanineX, Earthborn Holistic, Venture, Unrefined, Sportmix Wholesomes, Pro Pac, Pro Pac Ultimates, Sportstrail, Sportmix and Meridian brands produced at its Monmouth, Ill., production facility. These products may have been contaminated with Salmonella. To view the full list of products identified in the recall and instructions for how to identify expiration dates on the packaging, please click here.
Salmonella can affect animals that have consumed contaminated products. Healthy animals can also be carriers of the bacteria. There is a risk to humans who have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with exposed products or surfaces.
Pets with Salmonella infections may become lethargic, and have diarrhea, fever and vomiting. Some pets will only have decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Pet owners coming into contact with the recalled products should monitor those in their household for nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever, and contact their healthcare provider if these symptoms are observed.
If you have a recalled product in your home or business, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration and Department’s Animal Health division recommends: that you not feed the recalled products to pets or any other animals; destroy the recalled food you may have on hand; wash and sanitize pet food bowls, cups and storage containers that may have come into contact with the recalled food; wash your hands after handling the recalled food or any utensils that may have come into contact with the food; and contact your veterinarian if your pet has consumed these products and shows symptoms of salmonella infection.
The Department is working through recall audits to ensure distributed product is removed from store shelves as quickly as possible. Additional recall details can be found at FDA.gov.
Consumers can contact Midwestern Pet Foods Consumer Affairs from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, at email@example.com or (800) 474-4163.