MARS Petcare Pet Food Recall


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Mars Petcare US Issues Voluntary Recall of a Limited Number of Bags of SPECIAL KITTY®
Gourmet Sold at Wal-Mart locations in Fifteen States due to Potential Salmonella
Contamination....

Affected Stores: Wal-Mart locations in Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, Maryland,
Maine, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania,
Rhode Island, Virginia, Vermont, and West Virginia.

Follow the link below to read the release from the FDA

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FDA RECALL PAGE - SPECIAL KITTY
Recall -- Firm Press Release

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FDA does not endorse either the product or the company.
Mars Petcare US Issues Voluntary Recall of a Limited Number of Bags of SPECIAL
KITTY® Gourmet Sold at Wal-Mart locations in Fifteen States due to Potential
Salmonella Contamination

Contact:
Debra Fair
MARS PETCARE US
(973) 691-3536

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- FRANKLIN, Tenn. – October 27, 2008 – Mars Petcare US today
announced a voluntary recall of a limited number of bags of SPECIAL KITTY® Gourmet
Blend dry cat food sold at Wal-Mart locations in Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts,
Maryland, Maine, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania,
Rhode Island, Virginia, Vermont, and West Virginia. The pet food is being voluntarily
recalled following a positive test result indicating a potential contamination with
Salmonella.

This product should not be sold or fed to pets. Pet owners should dispose of product
in a safe manner (example, a securely covered trash receptacle) and return the empty
bag to the store where purchased for a full refund.

Salmonella can cause serious infections in dogs and cats, and, if there is cross
contamination caused by handling of the pet food, in people as well, especially
children, the aged, and people with compromised immune systems. Healthy people
potentially infected with Salmonella should monitor themselves for some or all of
the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal
cramping and fever. On rare occasions, 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.

Pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea,
fever, and vomiting. Some pets will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal
pain. Animals can be carriers with no visible symptoms and potentially infect other
animals or humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms,
please contact your veterinarian.

There have been no complaints or reports of illness resulting from consumption or
handling of the recalled product.

Pet owners who have questions about the recall should call 1-877-568-4463 or
visit http://www.petcare.mars.com.

Recalled Pet Food
Product: SPECIAL KITTY® Gourmet Blend Dry Cat Food
Best If Used By Date: AUG 11 09
Best If Used By Date Location: Back of bag
Production Lot Code: 50 XXXX X (Found on back of bag just after "Best If Used By" date.
Consumers should look for "50" as the first two digits of the second line.)
UPC Code: UPC code numbers can be found directly underneath the bar code on the package.
Please find recalled pet food UPC information below.

3.5 lb. SPECIAL KITTY® Gourmet Blend 81131 17546

7 lb. SPECIAL KITTY® Gourmet Blend 81131 17547

18 lb. SPECIAL KITTY® Gourmet Blend 81131 17548

Affected Stores: Wal-Mart locations in Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, Maryland,
Maine, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania,
Rhode Island, Virginia, Vermont, and West Virginia.

In an effort to prevent the transmission of Salmonella from pets to family members
and care givers, the FDA recommends that everyone follow appropriate pet food handling
guidelines when feeding their pets. A list of safe pet food handling tips can be found
at: http://www.fda.gov/consumer/updates/petfoodtips080307.html

Pet owners who have questions about the recall should call 1-877-568-4463 or
visit http://www.petcare.mars.com.


Safe Handling Tips for Pet Foods and Treats

Consumers can take steps to help prevent foodborne illness, including Salmonella
-related illness, when handling pet foods and treats. These products, like many
other types of foods, can be susceptible to harmful bacterial contamination.

Salmonella in pet foods and treats can cause serious infections in dogs and cats,
and in people too, especially children, older people, and those with compromised
immune systems. Salmonella in pet foods and treats potentially can be transferred
to people ingesting or handling the contaminated products.

FDA has stepped up its efforts to minimize the incidence of foodborne illness
associated with pet foods and treats. Pet owners and consumers can also help reduce
the likelihood of infection from contaminated pet foods and treats by following
safe handling instructions:
Buying
* Purchase products in good condition, without signs of damage to the packaging
such as dents or tears.

Preparation

* Wash your hands for 20 seconds with hot water and soap before and after handling
pet foods and treats. * Wash pet food bowls, dishes, and scooping utensils with soap and hot water after
each use. * Do not use the pet's feeding bowl as a scooping utensil—use a clean, dedicated
scoop or spoon. * Dispose of old or spoiled pet food products in a safe manner, such as in a securely
tied plastic bag in a covered trash receptacle.

Storage

* Refrigerate promptly or discard any unused, leftover wet pet food. Refrigerators
should be set at 40º F.
* Dry products should be stored in a cool, dry place—under 80º F.
* If possible, store dry pet food in its original bag inside a clean, dedicated
plastic container with a lid, keeping the top of the bag folded closed.
* Keep pets away from food storage and preparation areas.
* Keep pets away from garbage and household trash.

Raw Food Diets

FDA does not advocate a raw meat, poultry, or seafood diet for pets, but is stepping
up its efforts to minimize the risk such foods pose to animal and human health.
The agency understands that some people prefer to feed these types of diets to
their pets.

For more information, including recommendations to protect both you and your pet
when using raw meat, poultry, or seafood in the animal's diet,
see http://www.fda.gov/cvm/foodbornetips.htm

Date Posted: August 6, 2007