May 29, 2024

FDA Weighs In on Mid America Pet Food Salmonella Outbreak

The FDA has weighed in the Mid America Pet Food Salmonella outbreak that has sickened at least seven people, mostly infants, in seven states. A recall has been issued for all of that company’s pet food products that have a best before date before 10/31/2024.

FDA Weighs In on Mid America Pet Food Salmonella Outbreak

The case count by state is: Alabama (1), California (1), Florida (1), Hawaii (1), Kentucky (1), Minnesota (1), and Oklahoma (1). Most of the patients, or 86%, are one year old or younger, and the remaining patient is younger than 65. Illness onset dates range from January 14, 2023 to August 19, 2023. One patient has been hospitalized because they are so sick.

In interviews with families, five of the cases had exposure to dogs, and three reported that they had fed Victor pet food to their pets. A retail sample of Victor Hi-Pro Plus dry dog food that was collected by the South Carolina State Department of Agriculture and analyzed by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control matches the strain of Salmonella Kiambu that was found in the seven patients.

Please check to see if you purchased any of the recalled products, which include Victor, Eagle Mountain, Wayne Feeds, and two varieties of Member’s Mark brands. You can see the long lists of recalled products, along with UPC numbers and bag sizes. at the FDA web site. Both dog food and cat food are included in this recall. These products have best before dates up to and including 10/31/2024. Stop feeding the product to your pets and discard it in a secure container in a trash can so children and animals can’t get to it.

You should then clean and disinfect all pet supplies, including storage containers, utensils, food prep surfaces, bowls, pet bedding, litter boxes, toys, floors, and any other surfaces your pet may have had contact with. Clean up your pet’s feces in areas where people or other animals may be exposed to it. And wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water after handling the pet food and after cleaning.

Symptoms of Salmonella food poisoning can affect pets differently. Some pets may not get sick but may be carriers. Other pets may have lethargy, fever, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. If your pet is sick, see your veterinarian.

People can get sick from contaminated dog food from handling the product, or handling or touching their pet who is sick, as well as anything in the animals’ environment. Human symptoms of Salmonella food poisoning take 12 to 72 hours to manifest. They include fever, chills, headache, nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, abdominal cramps, and diarrhea that may be bloody.

If you have the pet food in your home and you or your child has been sick with these symptoms, see your doctor. You may be part of this Mid America pet food Salmonella outbreak.

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