Iams dry cat food recall expanded; was sold at Walmart
Last week, P&G announced a recall of a few 6.8-pound bags of the Proactive Health Iams Indoor Weight Control with Hairball Care that had been sold in Loveland, Colo. and this week added that the potentially tainted pet food was also sold at Walmart stores in Illinois, New Mexico, Texas, Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Kansas, Wisconsin, South Dakota, North Dakota, Montana and Wyoming.
The affected lot has the code date 02304173 (B1-B6) and UPC number 1901403921. No illnesses have been reported but consumers should throw it away and call P&G for a replacement or refund at 800-862-3332 weekdays between 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Eastern Time.
P&G spokesman Jason Taylor said there was about 20,000 bags in the recalled pet food lot and all but 476 were collected before reaching the market. The remaining bags were distributed to the Walmart stores where about 60 may have been sold to consumers. No other retailer got any of the pet food lot.
Since even dry pet food can include raw meat, salmonella contamination is a constant threat in the manufacturing process, Taylor told Consumer Ally. What happened in this recall was the pet food lot was released for sale before it had cleared Iams' quality checkpoint system -- there are 120 checks starting with the suppliers to the finished product.
"Someone released the product before it went through all the checkpoints," he said. "Unfortunately, this one was just human error."
Salmonella infections affect people and their pets in similar ways, with symptoms including nausea, fever, vomiting and diarrhea, and stomach pain. Pets can also lose their appetites.
In August, P&G recalled 60 varieties of Iams and Eukanuba dry pet food that had been made at an Ohio plant. That facility was shut down to search for a cause of the potential salmonella contamination and has not reopened, Taylor said.
If it appears that pet food recalls because of salmonella risk is on the rise, you're right. The FDA attributed the increase to better reporting on the part of the pet food manufacturers and better follow-through from the agency.