Salmonella Concerns Recall Science Diet Dry Dog Food
Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc., of Topeka, Kansas, has announced that it is voluntarily recalling 62 bags of its Science Diet Adult Small & Toy Breed dry dog food because the food has the potential to be contaminated by Salmonella. The suspected product was part of a single production run and was distributed to 17 veterinary clinics and to retail pet store customers in California, Hawaii, and Nevada between April 24 and May 13, 2014.
Salmonella is a bacteria that can affect animals who eat the food. It can also affect humans who handle the pet food, especially if they don’t wash their hands thoroughly after coming in contact with the food or with surfaces exposed to the pet food.
People who come in contact with dog food contaminated with Salmonella should monitor themselves for the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever. In rare cases Salmonella can result in more serious symptoms such as arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms. If you or a friend or family member experience these symptoms after coming in contact with the recalled product, you should contact a health care provider.
Dogs who have a Salmonella infection can become lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. In some cases a dog may only have a decreased appetite, fever, or abdominal pain. A dog may also be infected but not show symptoms. They can be a carrier and infect other animals and humans. If your dog has eaten the recalled product and has these symptoms, you should contact your veterinarian.
This is a voluntary recall by the company. The recall is limited to 62 (sixty-two) 15.5 lb bags of Science Diet Adult Small & Toy Breed dry dog food with the Stock-Keeping Unit (SKU) code, “Best before” date, and production code shown below. According to the company, this product was released accidentally, as revealed during a routine inventory reconciliation. Hill’s has contacted all 17 affected customers and there have not been any reported illnesses at this time.
Product Name:Science Diet® Adult Small & Toy Breed
Bag Size: 15.5 lbs.
“Best Before” Date/ Production Code:08 2017 M094
You can find the SKU number on the bottom of the bag, on both side panels, and on the back lower right hand corner of the bag below the UPC code. The “Best before” date and production code is stamped on the top/middle of each bag.
Anyone who has purchased any of these specific 62 15.5 lb bags of Science Diet Adult Small & Toy Breed dry dog food should stop using the food immediately. Call Hill’s Pet Nutrition at 1-800-445-5777 Monday-Friday between the hours of 7 am-7 pm Central Time. Hill’s will make arrangements to collect the unused portion of the product at the company’s own expense at a time that is convenient for you and will provide you with a full refund.
No other Science Diet products are affected by this voluntary recall. No other Science Diet Adult Small & Toy Breed dry dog foods are affected if they have different “Best before” dates. The recall only applies to the products specified here and sold in California, Nevada, and Hawaii.
For more information about the recall you can contact Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc., at 1-800-445-5777 Monday-Friday during the hours of 7 am through 7 pm Central Time. You can also visit the company’s web site. HillsPet.com