Food Poisoning in the News: Wild Kitty Cat Food
On February 13, 2007, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned consumers not to purchase or use "Wild Kitty Cat Food" due to the presence of Salmonella. The detection of Salmonella occurred during routine monitoring activities, according to the FDA.
The specific products covered by this warning are Wild Kitty Raw All Natural, Frozen Cat Food - Chicken with Clam Recipe, Net Wt. 3.5 oz (100g) and 1 lb in plastic containers. The Wild Kitty Cat Food is sold nationwide to retail stores and through distributors and internet sales.
Cats and other pets consuming Wild Kitty Cat Food may become infected with Salmonella. People can also become infected with Salmonella if they handle or ingest this cat food, touch pets that consumed the food, or touch any surfaces that came into contact with the food or pets.
People may risk bacterial infection not only by handling their cat, but by contact with the pet food, food bowl, cat box and surfaces exposed to these items, so it is important that they thoroughly wash their hands with hot water and soap. Since young children, elderly people, and people and animals with weakened immune systems are particularly at risk from exposure, they should avoid handling all the items listed above and surfaces exposed to these items.
Advice for Consumers
FDA advises that consumers who have purchased this product should not feed it to their pets, but should instead dispose of it in a safe manner (e.g., in a securely covered trash receptacle). Anyone who is experiencing the symptoms of Salmonella infection after having handled the product should seek medical attention. In addition, people who have concerns that they may have Salmonella should contact their medical doctors and the local health departments. People who have concerns whether their pet has Salmonella should contact their veterinarian.
More information: FDA Press Release
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