Monday, January 27, 2014

BREAKING NEWS: Pet Food Recall

The FDA just published this information today on their Pet Food Recalls page (see link at bottom):

"FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - January 25, 2014 -

PMI Nutrition, LLC (PMI), Arden Hills, Minn., has initiated a voluntary recall of its 20 lb. bags of Red Flannel® Cat Formula cat food for possible Salmonella contamination.

There have been no reports of illness related to this product to date. This recall is being issued out of an abundance of caution after routine testing by the FDA Detroit District Office identified possible Salmonella contamination.

Salmonella can affect animals eating the products and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products or any surfaces exposed to these products.

Healthy people infected with Salmonella should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. 

Rarely, Salmonella can result in more serious ailments, including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms. Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product should contact their healthcare providers. 

Pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Some pets will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans.

If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian. 

Red Flannel® Cat Food was manufactured by a third-party manufacturer for PMI.

The product was sold through dealers to customers distributed in the following states: Alabama, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, North Carolina, North Dakota, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Vermont, Wisconsin and West Virginia.

The lot number is printed on the lower back side of the bag in a white box on the right-hand side.

The lot number will be preceded by a time stamp that will be unique to each bag.

The lot number and best-by date impacted by this recall are as follows:
  • Best by 05 06 14 096 13 SM L2 1A (lot number) 

The UPC code for the recalled product is: 7 42869 00058 5.

No other products/lot numbers are affected by this recall. Customers should immediately discontinue use of and return impacted product to their dealer for a full refund or replacement. We continue to work with impacted dealers and distributors to trace the bags.

For more information on the recall, customers can contact the customer service line for PMI products at 1-800-332-4738. Customer service representatives will be available Sunday, Jan. 26 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. CST and Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CST."



FDA Animal & Veterinary: Recalls


  1. so scary when a cooked food is contaminated with salmonella.. Cooking should kill it.. wonder why it didn't.

  2. Sharing your post so word gets out as much as we can.

    Silver and Team Dash

  3. Frightening!

    Good thing I NEVER used that crap on my cats!!!!!

    Great post and thanks for sharing!!

  4. Thanks for letting us know. Fortunately we don't eat that food.

  5. We had to look these guys up, because we had never heard of them before. We wondered the same as Tails from the Foster Kittens. If they cooked it at sufficient heat, it would have had to have been on the digest spray or on equipment. Unpleasant thoughts, both of them. We hope no kitties get sick from this.

  6. What the heck is Red Flannel cat food? Is it related to that red velvet people food that Pop says is just cherry made to sound fancy?

  7. Yikes, that is scary stuff. We don't eat that food, but will share your post now!

  8. So scary... and from MN!!!
    Thank you for making these details available.

  9. We agree that is scary indeed.
    Have a terrific Tuesday.
    Best wishes Molly

  10. Thanks for posting this valuable information.


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