CLEVELAND, Ohio-- Cincinnati-based Proctor & Gamble has issued a voluntary recall of more than 120 lots of dry Iams and Eukanuba dog and cat food because of potential contamination with salmonella.
The Food and Drug Administration and the company announced the recall Aug. 14, and said that affected lots were made during a 10-day window at one facility and distributed across the country.
The food poses a potential risk to the animals that may consume it, but also to people who do not thoroughly wash their hands after handling it, according to the release.
Salmonella is a type of bacteria that can cause diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after infection, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. While most people usually recover without treatment, some need to be hospitalized. Symptoms in animals may include fever, diarrhea, vomiting, loss of appetite and an abnormally fast heart rate.
Infected but otherwise healthy pets may also be able to pass the bacteria on to other pets and to people, according to the release.
You can see a list of the affected lots, which include puppy, senior and breed-specific dog foods, and kitten, adult and specialty formula cat foods, here andhere.
If you have one of the affected bags of food, throw it out and contact Proctor & Gamble by calling toll-free at 800-208-0172 (Monday – Friday, 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM EST) or going to the Iams or Eukanuba web sites.