Billy+Margot Wild Kangaroo and Superfoods Recipe Dog Food Recalled After it is Found to be Contaminated with Salmonella
Billy+Margot Wild Kangaroo and Superfoods Recipe dog food is being recalled by Real Pet Food Company in cooperation with the FDA due to potential Salmonella contamination. The recall was initiated after traces of Salmonella were found by state officials during routine food safety testing. The contaminated product was only sold in the United States in 4 lbs bags under the name Billy+Margot Wild Kangaroo and Superfoods Recipe with lot code V 07 Feb 2022. Consumers who purchased the product are urged to dispose of it immediately and can call Real Pet Food Company regarding an immediate refund or regarding any additional questions between 8 am and 10 pm EST at 1-800-467-5494. All surfaces should be properly sanitized to avoid Salmonella infections in both humans and pets.
Salmonella infections in pets typically cause a decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Some pets may be lethargic and have typical human food poisoning symptoms, such as diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Healthy pets may be asymptomatic carriers of Salmonella bacteria and can infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian. Pet owners are also at risk for Salmonella infections from handling the contaminated pet food, as the Salmonella bacteria can remain on hands not thoroughly washed after handling the food or on uncleaned surfaces that have come in contact with the food.
According to the CDC, Salmonella is a food borne illness causing bacteria that causes the majority of food poisoning cases in the United States with approximately 1.35 million infections per year. Symptoms of Salmonella contamination typically present as typical food poisoning symptoms: diarrhea, which may be bloody, fever, and stomach cramps, though some patients have reported symptoms of nausea, vomiting, and headaches. Salmonellosis, the infection caused by Salmonella contamination, symptoms may begin as early as 6 hours and as late as 6 days after consumption, and the illness typically lasts 4-7 days. Medical treatment may be necessary for Salmonella contamination in cases with dehydration or a fever of more than 102 degrees Fahrenheit.
People with compromised immune systems, such as the elderly, children, and those with weakened immune systems, are at an increased risk for a severe Salmonella infection, such as bloodstream infection. If you believe you are suffering from Salmonella contamination, contact your physician immediately.