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Multiple Brands Pulled For Salmonella Contamination

It’s better to be safe than sorry. Pet food company Sunshine Mills, Inc. is issuing another voluntary recall for its lines of dog food. No illnesses have been reported, but some of the food tested positive for salmonella. So, they pulled four brands off the shelves.

In 2020, Sunshine Mills experienced a massive recall for aflatoxin contamination. Some of the brands in the new recall were also affected in the previous recall. So, if you serve your dog any products from this company, be extra cautious.

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What was Recalled?

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture found that a 5-pound sample of Sprout Sporting Dog Food tested positive for salmonella. They notified the distributor, Fleet Wholesale Supply Company, and several Sunshine Mills products were soon voluntarily recalled.

The following products were all affected by the recall:

  • Sportsman’s Pride Professional Formula 30/20 Dog Food, 40 pounds
    • Best if used by 7 Oct 2021
    • Lot: TI1 07/Oct/2020
    • UPC Code: 7015510184
    • States: FL, LA, MS, NC, TN, TX, VA
  • Sprout Sporting Dog Food, 5 pounds
    • Best if used by 6 Oct 2021
    • Lot: TE1 06/Oct/2020
    • UPC Code: 7015505101
    • States: IA, MN, ND, SD, WI
  • Sprout Sporting Dog Food, 40 pounds
    • Best if used by 6 Oct 2021
    • Lot: TI3 06/Oct/2020
    • UPC Code: 7015505100
    • States: IA, MN, ND, SD, WI
  • Intimidator Chicken & Rice Formula Dog Food 30/20, 16 pounds
    • Best if used by 6 Oct 2021
    • Lot: TA1 06/Oct/2020
    • UPC Code: 7015541002
    • States: AL, FL, MS, TX
  • Intimidator Chicken & Rice Formula Dog Food 30/20, 40 pounds
    • Best if used by 6 Oct 2021
    • Lot: TA1 06/Oct/2020
    • UPC Code: 5216631214
    • States: AL, FL, MS, TX
  • FRM Gold Select High Performance Dog Food, 50 pounds
    • Best if used by 6 Oct 2021
    • Lot: TA1 06/Oct/2020
    • UPC Code: 1549905873
    • States: FL, GA
Sportsman Pride dog food
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How Can Salmonella Affect Your Dog?

Salmonella in dog food can be harmful to both pets and people. Dogs who get salmonella from the food could experience lethargy, fever, diarrhea, vomiting, or a decreased appetite. However, dogs can also appear healthy, but still carry salmonella.

Humans who have handled the food could have symptoms like nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fever, or abdominal cramping. In more extreme cases, people could experience muscle pain, arthritis, arterial infections, endocarditis, eye irritation, and urinary tract infections.

If you or your dog show any signs of a salmonella infection, please talk to a medical professional right away.

Dog running at camera
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What to Do Next

If you have any of the affected products in your home, stop using them immediately. You may be able to return the unused portion of the food to your place of purchase for a refund.

Make sure you wipe down anything that the infected product might have touched, including counters, bowls, flooring, and containers. Thoroughly wash your hands after every time you handle dog food.

If you’d like additional information on this recall, you can call Sunshine Mills at (800) 705-2111 from 7 am to 4pm on Monday through Friday. You can also email them at customer.service@sunshinemills.com.

H/T: fda.gov
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