Pet Health News: Salmonella Fears Prompt Recall of PRO-PET Vitamins for Dogs

06/23/2010 // West Palm Beach, FL, USA // Sandra Quinlan // Sandra Quinlan

Cincinnati, OH—United Pet Group, in cooperation with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), voluntarily recalled all unexpired lots of PRO-PET ADULT DAILY VITAMIN Supplement tablets for Dogs. The FDA announced the recall on Tuesday, June 22, 2010, due to possible salmonella contamination.

The presence of salmonella was revealed when laboratory tests were conducted on one lot of the dog vitamin product. As a precautionary measure, all unexpired lots are subject to the recall. The product was made available in various retail stores throughout the nation.

The product safety recall affected PRO-PET ADULT DAILY VITAMIN Supplement tablets for Dogs, which come packaged in 100-count white plastic bottles with a light blue label.

The UPC code 26851-01800 is affixed to the bottles. Expiration dates of “06/13” and before that date are subject to the recall. The expiration date can be located on the right side of the product label.

Pets exposed to salmonella may exhibit symptoms such as diarrhea (which may be bloody), fever, vomiting, decreased appetite, and abdominal pain. Consumers who gave their pets the vitamin product are urged to contact their veterinarian.

The possible salmonella contamination poses risks to humans as well as their furry friends. According to the FDA, “People who handle dry pet food and/or treats can become infected with Salmonella, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the chews or any surfaces exposed to these products. Healthy people infected with Salmonella should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. Rarely, Salmonella can result in more serious ailments, including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms. Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product should contact their healthcare providers.”

Consumers are advised to contact United Pet Group at (800) 645-5154 ext. 3 Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST or report to the place of purchase to obtain further information regarding the hazardous product recall.

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