Midwestern Pet Foods recently announced that it is recalling a sizable number of cat and dog food due to possible salmonella concerns. The U.S. Food and Drug Association (FDA) said they pose a risk to both people who are handling the food and pets who eat it.
The recall affects the following brands, the federal agency said: Earthborn Holistic, CanineX, Venture, Sportmix Wholesomes, Unrefined, Pro Pac, Pro Pac Ultimates, Sportsmix, Sportstrail and Meridian.
In a news release, the FDA said that people with salmonella can experience some or all of these symptoms: bloody diarrhea, diarrhea, vomiting, fever, abdominal cramping and nausea. Occasionally, salmonella can also trigger endocarditis, arterial infections, muscle pain, arthritis, muscle pain, urinary tract symptoms and eye irritation, so it made sense to recall the food due to the harm it could cause to pets, their owners and other animal caretakers.
Pets that have been infected with salmonella may be lethargic, have regular or bloody diarrhea, fever and vomiting, although some may just have fever, abdominal pain and decreased appetite. Infected but healthy pets can also be carriers and pass salmonella onto other humans or animals.
If you pet has consumed these products and is showing these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian or another licensed animal care provider.
To date, the FDA reported, no human or pet illnesses have been reported.
For More Information/What to Do
- Look at the information on the bags. It should be printed on the back.
- “EXP AUG/02/22/M1/L# is the one to look out for.
- Should you find any, discard of the remaining food, but keep the bags to reference when calling the company. You may need them if they end up offering customers who purchased the food compensation.
- The products were distributed to stores across the U.S., as well as online retailers.
- For more information, call the company at 1-800-474-4163, ext. 455.
- Look into asking the company for a credit/refund if you bought at least one of the impacted products.
- Be mindful of the symptoms of salmonella should they impact you or your pet in the future.
- If you choose to keep buying products from Midwestern Pet Food Company, keep an eye on their website and social media pages for any updates or more information that may be relevant.
- Should you choose to seek out other options for your pet, do your research and consult a veterinarian for advice on which foods could be good fits for their lifestyle, age and needs. Look at trusted websites and books as well, if you want another opinion.
Stay tuned for information. Be diligent, and keep you and your pets safe!