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Pet Food Salmonella Sickens People

CDC Probing Multi-State Human Outbreak of Salmonella Schwarzengrund Linked to Dry Pet Food

Dry Pet Food Link

As of Aug. 28, the CDC had gotten reports of people sickened by Salmonella Schwarzengrund in Pennsylvania, New York, Ohio, Massachusetts, Maine, North Dakota, Virginia, Minnesota, Alabama, California, Delaware, Illinois, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, North Carolina, and Wisconsin.

"These human illnesses have been linked with dry pet food produced by Mars Petcare U.S. at a single manufacturing facility in Pennsylvania," states the CDC's web site.

The FDA tested unopened bags of finished dog food at Mars Petcare's Pennsylvania facility. Two samples tested positive for the outbreak strain of Salmonella Schwarzengrund.

On Aug. 25, the FDA announced that Mars Petcare is voluntarily recalling select bags of its Red Flannel Large Breed Adult Formula dry dog food and Krasdale Gravy dry dog food.

But so far, none of the human cases have been linked to those recalled products.

No pets have gotten sick from the Salmonella Schwarzengrund outbreak that's affecting people.

But the human outbreak strain of Salmonella Schwarzengrund was found in fecal samples of two dogs that ate dry pet food in the homes of two people sickened by Salmonella Schwarzengrund, says the CDC.

Mars Petcare Recall

Here are the details on Mars Petcare's dry dog food recall:

Product: Krasdale Gravy dry dog food
Size: 5-pound bag
UPC Code: 7513062596
Best by Date: July 16, 2008 & July 17, 2008
Best by Date Location: Back of bag
Distribution: Stores in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania

Product: Red Flannel Large Breed Adult Formula dry dog food
Size: 50-pound bag
UPC Code: 4286900062
Best by Date: July 12, 2008
Best by Date Location: Back of bag
Distribution: Stores in Reedsland and Richlandtown, Pa.

For more information on the recall, call Mars Petcare U.S. at (866) 298-8332.

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