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Mars Petcare US, the maker of pet food brands Pedigree, Ol’ Roy and others, has announced a voluntary recall of products manufactured at its Everson, Pennsylvania facility because of potential Salmonella contamination.
While there have been no reports of pets becoming ill from the food, Mars Petcare US has voluntarily recalled the food produced between Feb. 18 and July 29 of 2008 at its Everson facility.
Owners can check the UPC code on pet food packages to see if the food is affected by the recall. For all Mars Petcare US products except Pedigree foods, recalled products will have “17” as the first two digits on the second line on the UPC information. Example:
Best By Feb 18 09
17 1445 1
Pedigree products have a slightly different UPC code and date format than other products. Consumers who purchased Pedigree should look for “PAE” on the bottom line – the sixth, seventh and eighth digits. Example:
PEDIGREE (R) Small Crunchy Bites
Best Before 02/2009
Symptoms of Salmonella in pets may include lethargy, diarrhea, fever and vomiting. Some pets may have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. In some cases, animals can carry the Salmonella infection with no visible symptoms and potentially infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled product or has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian immediately.
To prevent the spread of Salmonella, the FDA recommends pet owners follow the safe pet food handling guidelines outlined here. If you have questions about the recall, call Mars Petcare US at 1-877-568-4463 or visit www.petcare.mars.com.