Nature’s Menu Dog Food Recalled Due to Potential Salmonella Contamination
Nature’s Menu Super Premium Dog Food with a Blend of Real Chicken and Quail, a product of Sunshine Mills, Inc., has been recalled due to potential Salmonella contamination. The recall was issued after the Georgia Department of Agriculture found traces of Salmonella bacteria while testing a single 3-pound bag of the product. Distributed in retail stores nationally with UPC codes 7015514363 and 7015514365, the recalled products have the following lot codes for three pound bags: TE1 20/April /2020, TE1 21/April/2020, TE1 22/April/2020, TE2 20/April /2020, TE2 21/April/2020, TE2 22/April/2020, TE3 20/April/2020, TE3 21/April/2020, and TE3 22/April/2020 and the following lot codes for 13.5-pound bags: TB1 20/April /2020, TB1 21/April/2020, TB1 22/April/2020, TB2 20/April /2020, TB2 21/April/2020, TB2 22/April/2020, TB3 20/April/2020, TB3 21/April/2020, and TB3 22/April/2020. Though no illnesses have been reported, consumers are urged to discontinue use of the product and can return the product to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers may contact Sunshine Mills, Inc. customer service at (800) 705-2111 from 7AM to 4PM Central Time, Monday through Friday, or by email at [email protected] for additional information.
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 that are infected with Salmonella can be carriers and 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 well as from not washing hands thoroughly after handling the food or cleaning surfaces that have come in contact with the food.
According to the CDC, Salmonella is a foodborne illness causing bacteria that causes the majority of food poisoning cases in the United States with approximately 1.35 million infections per year. 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. 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. 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.