Purina Recalls Batches of Friskies and Cat Chow Over Potential Salmonella Contamination

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Nestle Purina voluntarily recalled 850 bags of  two Cat Chow and Friskies varieties of dry cat food yesterday and has provided the relevant batch code and distribution data for consumers.

Purina is conducting a limited recall of 850 bags of the dry cat foods shown here, Friskies Grillers’ and Naturals Cat Chow. While the recall notice specifies that the bags were shipped to CO, ID and OR, consumers throughout the US Western states are advised to check for the affected bags.

The company issued the following notice:

Nestlé Purina PetCare Company (NPPC) is voluntarily recalling approximately 870 bags of dry cat food shipped to Colorado, Idaho and Oregon. This is being done as a precautionary measure, as the product has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. Only the following products with both the “Best By” date and production codes shown are included in this voluntary recall:

Product Name Bag Size “Best By” Date & Production Code* Bag UPC Code
Cat Chow Naturals Dry Cat Food 6.3 lb. AUG 2012 10331083 13 17800 11320
Friskies Grillers Blend Dry Cat Food 3.15 lb. AUG 2012 10381083 06 50000 08450
Friskies Grillers Blend Dry Cat Food 16 lb. AUG 2012 10381083 06 50000 57578

* “Best By” Date and Production Code is found on the back or bottom of the bag.

The bags of dry cat food in this recall were distributed in error in February, 2011 to a small number of customers in Colorado, Idaho and Oregon, which may have further distributed the product to other Western states. There have been no consumer complaints and no reports of illness. No additional Purina cat or dog products are involved. Only products which match the “Best By” date and production codes above are involved.

Consumers who have purchased any of these dry cat food products with these “Best By” Dates and Production Codes should discard it.

Salmonella can affect animals eating the product and there is a risk to humans from handling contaminated products. People handling contaminated dry pet food can become infected with Salmonella, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with surfaces exposed to this product. Healthy people infected with Salmonella should monitor themselves for the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, 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 exhibit decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. If left untreated, pets may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever and vomiting. 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.

For further information or to obtain a product refund, please call NPPC toll-free at 1-800-982-6559 weekdays 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Central Time, or visit www.purina.com.

0 thoughts on “Purina Recalls Batches of Friskies and Cat Chow Over Potential Salmonella Contamination”

  1. Damn Purina. I am never buying their food again. Their indoor formula already gave my older cat UTIs. My vet said it’s the worst food you can buy for them.

  2. Oh lord, I use Friskies, have for years, been using the Griller’s Blend since they came out with it…..this isn’t good.

  3. Luckily, the bag I just started using does have the same UPC but not the same Best By date so I think mine is ok, but I’m calling Purina tomorrow to make sure and maybe talk them out of some coupons while I’m at it.
    Thank you for sharing this.

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