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Reference Desk May 2012

Kaytee Recalls Forti-Diet Pro Health Mouse, Rat, and Hamster Because of Possible Salmonella Health Risk

    SILVER SPRING, Maryland, April 30, 2012—Kaytee Pet Products is recalling a single manufacturing batch of Kaytee Forti-Diet Pro Health Mouse, Rat and Hamster due to possible contamination with Salmonella. The product affected by this recall is identified below and has the following “Best Before” dates:

    Kaytee Recall (Affected Products)

    Material #

    UPC Code

    Size

    Product Name/Description

    Best Before Code
    (day-month-year)

    100502315

    7185900001

    6/5 lb.

    Kaytee Forti-Diet Pro Health Mouse, Rat & Hamster

    03-Apr-2013 K61

    100502086

    7185999995

    25 lb.

    Kaytee Forti-Diet Pro Health Mouse, Rat & Hamster

    31-Mar-2013

    100502085

    7185999994

    6/3 lb.

    Kaytee Forti-Diet Pro Health Mouse, Rat & Hamster

    31-Mar-2013 K63

    100502275

    7185900000

    25 lb.

    Kaytee Forti-Diet Pro Health Mouse, Rat & Hamster – Petco Stores Only

    30-Mar-2013

    Product and product lots that do not appear on the list above are not subject to this recall.

    No human or pet illnesses have been reported to-date. The recall notification is being issued based on a single manufacturing batch wherein a sample with the “Best Before” date of (lot) 03APR13K61 had a positive result for Salmonella in a random sample test conducted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The Kaytee Forti-Diet Pro Health Mouse, Rat & Hamster product was originally manufactured on January 5 and 6, 2012.  Kaytee is taking immediate action to remove the product from all retail stores and distribution centers, and to fully investigate the cause.

    Salmonella can affect animals eating the products and there is a risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products or any surfaces exposed to these products.

    Healthy people exposed to 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.

    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. Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.  

    Recalled products were distributed to retailers and distributors in the states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana,  Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin; and, into the countries of Abu Dhabi, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Czechoslovakia, Dominican Republic, Dutch Antilles, Finland, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Guam, Honduras, Hong Kong, Ireland, Israel, Japan, Korea, Kuwait, Mexico, New Zealand, Pakistan, Panama, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, Sweden, Thailand, and Trinidad.

    Consumers who have purchased the Kaytee Forti-Diet Pro Health Mouse, Rat & Hamster product with the above-referenced “Best Before” dates are urged to contact Kaytee Customer Service representatives.

    A letter and instructions will be forwarded to all Kaytee customers.  Kaytee Customer Service representatives and company veterinarians are responding to inquires through the 1-800-Kaytee1 (800 529-8331) phone number and will answer any questions regarding pets that have been fed the product.  Pet owners can also visit the Kaytee website for more information http://www.kaytee.com/.

    Source: U.S. Food and Drug Administration

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