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Mars Petcare expands pet food recall

by Therese on November 25, 2008

in Cats, Dogs, Pet Food Recall, Pets

Mars continues to have problems with “potential Salmonella contamination” and have extended their recall of pet foods announced last month.

Franklin, Tennessee (November 25, 2008) —Today, Mars Petcare US announced an extension of a previously announced voluntary recall of dry cat and dog food products manufactured at its Allentown, Pennsylvania facility with “Best By” dates between August 11, 2009 – October 3, 2009. The pet food is being voluntarily recalled because of potential contamination with Salmonella. This voluntary recall affects product sold at BJ’s Wholesale Club, ShopRite Supermarkets, and Wal-mart locations in Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, Vermont, and West Virginia.

Salmonella can cause serious infections in dogs and cats, and, if there is cross contamination caused by handling of the pet food, in people as well, especially children, the aged, and people with compromised immune systems. Healthy people potentially infected with Salmonella should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. On rare occasions, Salmonella can result in more serious ailments, including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms. Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product should contact their healthcare 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. Animals can be carriers with no visible symptoms and potentially infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.

This action is an extension of the voluntary recall issued on October 27, 2008 of all sizes of SPECIAL KITTY® Gourmet Blend dry cat food produced at the Allentown facility on August 11, 2008. We recently learned that an additional sample of SPECIAL KITTY® made on September 25, 2008 at the Allentown facility tested positive for Salmonella. There have been no reported cases of human or pet illness caused by Salmonella associated with products produced at this facility. Mars Petcare US is taking an additional precautionary action to protect pets and their owners by extending the October 27, 2008 voluntary recall to include all dry pet food product produced at the facility with “Best By” dates between August 11, 2009 and October 3, 2009.

Salmonella can cause serious infections in dogs and cats, and, if there is cross contamination caused by handling of the pet food, in people as well, especially children, the aged, and people with compromised immune systems. Healthy people potentially infected with Salmonella should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. On rare occasions, Salmonella can result in more serious ailments, including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms. Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product should contact their healthcare 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. Animals can be carriers with no visible symptoms and potentially infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.

This action is an extension of the voluntary recall issued on October 27, 2008 of all sizes of SPECIAL KITTY® Gourmet Blend dry cat food produced at the Allentown facility on August 11, 2008. We recently learned that an additional sample of SPECIAL KITTY® made on September 25, 2008 at the Allentown facility tested positive for Salmonella. There have been no reported cases of human or pet illness caused by Salmonella associated with products produced at this facility. Mars Petcare US is taking an additional precautionary action to protect pets and their owners by extending the October 27, 2008 voluntary recall to include all dry pet food product produced at the facility with “Best By” dates between August 11, 2009 and October 3, 2009.

The following products are being recalled. (The UPC code is listed below the item.)

Berkley & Jensen Bistro Blend Premium Cat Food 21.6#
00000 20052
Berkley & Jensen Small Bites & Bones Dog Food 52#
00000 14958
Ol’ Roy Puppy Complete Premium Dog Food 4#
81131 79078

Ol’ Roy Puppy Complete Premium Dog Food 20#
81131 79080

Ol’ Roy Complete Nutrition Premium Dog Food 4#
81131 17550

Ol’ Roy Complete Nutrition Premium Dog Food 4.4#
81131 69377

Ol’ Roy Complete Nutrition Premium Dog Food 8#
05388 67144

Ol’ Roy Complete Nutrition Premium Dog Food 20#
81131 17549

Ol’ Roy Complete Nutrition Premium Dog Food 22#
05388 60342

Ol’ Roy Complete Nutrition Premium Dog Food 44.1#
81131 17551

Ol’ Roy Complete Nutrition Premium Dog Food 50#
78742 01022

Ol’ Roy High Performance Premium Dog Food 20#
05388 60345

Ol’ Roy High Performance Premium Dog Food 50#
78742 05815

Ol’ Roy Meaty Chunks & Gravy Premium Dog Food 22#
81131 69630

Ol’ Roy Meaty Chunks & Gravy Premium Dog Food 50#
81131 69631

ShopRite Crunchy Bites, Bones and Healthy Squares Dog Food 20#
41190 04521

Special Kitty Original Premium Cat Food 3.5#
81131 17557

Special Kitty Original Premium Cat Food 7#
81131 17562

Special Kitty Original Premium Cat Food 18#
81131 17559

Special Kitty Gourmet Blend Premium Cat Food 3.5#
81131 17546

Special Kitty Gourmet Blend Premium Cat Food 7#
81131 17547

Special Kitty Gourmet Blend Premium Cat Food 18#
81131 17548

Special Kitty Kitten Premium Cat Food 3.5#
81131 17553

Special Kitty Kitten Premium Cat Food 7#
81131 17554

Read more on the Mars Petcare website.

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Lori Prostebby November 28, 2008 at 9:38 am

Did Mar’s remove Pedigreee from the list of recalled food? I noticed it was not on the newest update. It was on the original one, but not now?????

Lori

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matt November 30, 2008 at 11:18 am

These recalls never seem to go away.

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AuthorMomWithDogs November 30, 2008 at 8:23 pm

As always, Therese, thanks for doing such a great job of keeping us informed.

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