QUEST beef cat food is being recalled across the US amid fears of salmonella contamination – posing a threat to both pets AND humans.
Two-pound frozen bags of the pet food may have been tainted by the bug that causes debilitating – and sometimes fatal – food poisoning.
Salmonella is a crippling food poisoning bug that can cause debilitating symptoms[/caption]
The brand is made by Utah company Go Raw and sold nationwide across the United States.
In a statement on Thursday, the US Food and Drug Administration warned: “Salmonella can affect animals eating the products and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products.”
Consumers are told to check their bags of Quest Beef Cat Food for a code on the package that reads: UPC 6-91730-17101-8, Lot N128.
And pet owners who fear their cat may have ate the recalled product and has fallen ill should contact their vet, the FDA said.
A sample of the product tested positive for salmonella, prompting the recall – but no illnesses have yet been reported.
The FDA statement added: “The firm was notified by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture when sample was collected and tested positive for salmonella.
“The firm did conduct their own test which resulted in a negative result.
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Symptoms of salmonella infections in pets include being lethargic, diarrhoea, fever, vomiting, lower appetite and abdominal pain.
Pets can infect other animals or humans.
Consumers with questions should contact the company at 801-432-7478, Monday-Friday, 9:00am to 4pm MST.
Food poisoning: What are the symptoms of salmonella infection?
SYMPTOMS of food poisoning include:
- Feeling sick (nausea)
- Being sick (vomiting)
- Stomach cramps
- A high temperature of 100F or above
- Feeling generally unwell – such as feeling tired or having aches and chills
The symptoms usually start within a few days of eating the food that caused the infection.
Sometimes they start after a few hours or not for a few weeks.
Cats can spread the infection to other animals and humans (stock image)[/caption]