Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Oma's Pride frozen cat food recalled over potiental Salmonella concerns

Connecticut-based Oma's Pride has initiated a voluntary recall of one of it's products, Purr Complete Poultry Feline Meal as it may be contaminated with Salmonella.

There have been no reported illnesses related to the product.

These types of recalls reiterate two important points when handling pet consumables: the need for safe handling and handwashing techniques, and saving the UPC code information from product packaging.

Salmonella, also referred to as salmonellosis, causes digestive problems, and dogs will typically present with fever, diarrhea, vomiting and weakness. Other symptoms can occur.

Salmonella can affect other animals —  not just the dogs who consume the treats. There is risk to humans just the same, from handling contaminated pet products. People handling dry pet food and/or treats can become infected with salmonella, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the food or any surfaces exposed to any contaminated product.

Pesticide and Plant Pest Management Division of the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development discovered that the food tested positive for Salmonella during routine testing.

The product, which is sold frozen, was distributed through retail stores, distributors, and directly to consumers nationwide. 

It is packaged in clear plastic packaging and was distributed in two sizes (listed below with the corresponding UPC codes, with each package bearing a code number 1524. 

•12 oz. (UPC: 8 79384 00017 9)

•2 lb. (UPC: 8 79384 00018 6) 

The product was manufactured on
September 12, 2014 with a "use by" date of September 12, 2015.  

Those who have purchased the food are encouraged to return it to the point of purchase where they can obtain a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-800-678-6627 , Monday — Friday, 9:00AM – 4:30PM.

Click here to read more of the Food and Drug Administration's press release.

Lorrie Shaw is a freelance writer and owner of Professional Pet Sitting. Shoot her an email, contact her at 734-904-7279 or follow her adventures on Twitter.

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