If you have any kitty cats as pets, you should be aware of this recall. On Monday, Utah-based raw cat food brand Go Raw issued a recall of some of its products over concerns that they could be tainted with salmonella.
Here’s what you need to know about the Go Raw recall.
What Products Has Go Raw Recalled?
Go Raw has recalled, specifically, two-pound bags of their “Quest Beef Cat Food” over concerns the beef may have salmonella contamination. The recall follows internal testing done by the company that showed the potential contamination in some samples. While samples taken in Minnesota have tested positive for the bacteria, samples taken in Utah have not, according to the FDA.
Thankfully, no cases of illness in either humans or cats have been reported. While animals who ingest the food are at risk of contracting an infection, the same is true for humans who handle the raw food products. The recall has been issued out of an abundance of caution so that no people or cats become ill.
What Should You Do if You’ve Purchased the Recalled Cat Food?
If you’ve purchased any of the recalled cat food, don’t feed it to any of your pets and don’t handle it with your bare hands.
If you still have your store receipt, return to the store you bought it from and ask for a refund, and tell the store personnel that the product has been recalled. Otherwise, simply dispose of the product and make sure none of your pets can get into it.
What Are the Symptoms of Salmonella?
If you’ve handled any of the recalled products, or if your kitty has ingested any of it, keep your eyes peeled for the symptoms of salmonella infection. These could include abdominal cramping, fever, diarrhea and vomiting in humans.
In cats, symptoms could include lethargy, diarrhea, vomiting, and fever. If you detect these symptoms in your cat, take them to a veterinarian to get medical attention right away.
Likewise, if you detect any salmonella symptoms in yourself, you’re urged to go to the doctor right away. While otherwise healthy adults will likely have the disease pass without treatment, it can be miserable to weather.