Victor Super Premium Dog Food Recalled Due to Salmonella Risk
Mid America Pet Food has announced a voluntary recall of specific lots of their Victor Super Premium Dog Food, Select Beef Meal & Brown Rice Formula, due to potential contamination with Salmonella. The recall was publicized by both the company and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on October 30, 2023.
The recall comes after random sampling by a third party revealed the presence of Salmonella in three lots of the product. Salmonella is a bacterium that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in both animals and humans. To date, there have been no reports of illness in people or pets in connection with the recalled dog food.
Humans handling the contaminated pet food can contract Salmonella, especially if they do not wash their hands properly after contact with the pet food or any surfaces exposed to the products. The symptoms of Salmonella infection in humans include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal cramping, and fever. In rare cases, it can lead to more severe ailments like arterial infections, endocarditis, and arthritis.
Pets ingesting the contaminated product may display symptoms such as lethargy, diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Some may have minor symptoms like decreased appetite and abdominal pain. Infected pets can be carriers of the bacteria, posing a potential risk to other animals and humans. Pet owners who observe these symptoms in their pets are advised to seek immediate veterinary care.
The recall is limited to the following lots of Victor Super Premium Dog Food, Select Beef Meal & Brown Rice Formula, distributed in the United States:
- Lot Number 1000016890, 5-pound bag, Best By Date: 6/12/2024
- Lot Number 1000016891, 15-pound bag, Best By Date: 6/12/2024
- Lot Number 1000016892, 40-pound bag, Best By Date: 6/12/2024
These details are critical for consumers in identifying the affected product. The lot code can be found on the back of the bag.
Mid America Pet Food urges retailers and distributors to remove the recalled lots from their inventories and shelves immediately and to cease selling or donating the affected products. Pet owners who have purchased the recalled dog food should discontinue feeding it to their pets. The company recommends that the contaminated products should be destroyed in a manner that prevents access by children, pets, and wildlife.
In addition to disposing of the recalled food, consumers should thoroughly wash and sanitize pet food bowls, cups, storage containers, and their own hands if they have come into contact with the recalled product.
For additional assistance and information regarding the recall, consumers can reach out to Mid America Pet Food Consumer Affairs at 1-888-428-7544 between 8 AM and 5 PM Central Time, Monday through Friday.
The voluntary recall is being carried out in cooperation with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to ensure the safety of both pets and pet owners. The company emphasizes that no other products are involved in this recall and that this incident is unrelated to the previous Salmonella-related recall on September 3, 2023.