Iams recalls prescription cat food over salmonella fears

Iams is recalling two lots of its prescription dry cat food because of a possible salmonella contamination, says its parent company Procter & Gamble.

The recall affects five and a half-pound bags of Iams Veterinary Formulas Feline Renal with the lot numbers 01384174B4 and 01384174B2. The lot codes can be found on the back of the bag, in the lower right corner. Consumers who have bought the recalled food should discard it and contact P&G for a refund. So far there have been no reports of illness in connection with the cat food, which is sold through veterinarian offices nationwide.

A U.S. Food and Drug Administration test flagged the two lots for possible salmonella contamination, prompting the recall. Pet owners who handle the dry food also risk becoming infected, especially if they don't wash their hands or the surfaces that the food touched. Symptoms of salmonellosis infection in a human include diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps, says the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. An infection usually runs its course in five to seven days and severe cases may need treating with antibiotics.

Pets with salmonella infections may lose their appetites and have fevers, diarrhea and abdominal pains. They also can be carriers and spread the infection to other animals or humans. P&G says to contact your veterinarian if your pet has eaten any of the recalled food.

This is the second recall of Iams cat food in as many months. In June, P&G recalled some of its Iams canned cat food because of insufficient levels of the vitamin B1. And this is the third recall of a cat food this month prompted by a FDA test result. Feline's Pride also recalled some of its raw cat food first on July 1 and then expanded the recall July 15 because of possible salmonella contamination.
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