USA – Mid America Pet Food, a reputable pet food manufacturer, has initiated a voluntary recall of a specific lot of its Victor Super Premium Dog Food, Hi-Pro Plus, following a positive Salmonella test result from a random sample test conducted by the South Carolina Department of Agriculture. 

According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which issued a notification regarding this recall, the affected product, which was produced at the company’s Mount Pleasant, Texas facility, was exclusively sold in 5-pound bags. 

Fortunately, there have been no reported cases of illness in either humans or pets associated with this recall, which comprises 644 cases of the impacted product.

Mid America Pet Food, founded in 2007, is known for its premium pet food offerings, with the Victor brand being one of its flagship products. 

The company operates its own manufacturing facility and is owned by TA Associates, a U.S.-based private equity firm.

Mid American Pet Food is a significantly large player in the pet food sector, and in 2022, the company reported an annual revenue of US$115,070,000.

Retailers’ response to the recall

Following this voluntary recall, retailers and distributors have been advised to take immediate action by removing the recalled lot from their inventory and shelves and the sale or donation of these recalled products is strongly discouraged. 

Additionally, consumers should refrain from feeding the affected product to their pets or any other animals. Proper disposal methods should be followed to prevent access by children, pets, or wildlife.

Mid American Pet Food also insists that it is essential to thoroughly wash and sanitize pet food bowls, cups, and storage containers that have come into contact with the recalled food. 

Additionally, after handling recalled food or any utensils that may have touched it, individuals should wash and sanitize their hands.

Mid American provided that Salmonella contamination in pet food poses risks to both animals consuming the product and humans handling it. 

Common symptoms in healthy people infected with Salmonella include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping, and fever. 

In rare cases, Salmonella infections can lead to more severe conditions, such as arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms. 

Additionally, pets infected with Salmonella may exhibit symptoms such as lethargy, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Some may display decreased appetite, fever, and abdominal pain. 

Even seemingly healthy pets can act as carriers and transmit the infection to other animals or humans and if a pet has consumed the recalled product and exhibits these symptoms, they should contact a veterinarian promptly.

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