By Lisa Wade McCormick
June 7, 2007
May Be Contaminated with Salmonella
Another pet food company has recalled bags of its dry dog food, but this time it's not because the food contains melamine-tainted ingredients imported from China.
Doane Pet Care is recalling a single lot of 55 pound bags of OlRoy Complete Nutrition dry dog food because they may be contaminated with salmonella.
The Manassas, Virginia-based company sold the food at 69 Wal-Mart stores in Maryland, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia. The company produced the potentially contaminated food at one facility in Virginia.
The recalled bags of food have the USC Code 6 05388 72076 4, the lot number 04 0735 1, and the Best Buy Date Apr 13 08.
This voluntary recall has been issued because FDA (the Food and Drug Administration) detected Salmonella in the product, the company said on its Web site. Doane Pet Care has not confirmed the presence of Salmonella, despite extensive independent testing of duplicate samples.
The company said it has not received any reports of illnesses linked to the food. It did, however, warn pet owners who handled the food that they may be exposed to salmonella -- especially if they do not thoroughly wash their hands after coming into contact with the product.
Salmonella is a bacteria found in the intestines that can cause food poising and gastroenteritis.
The company said pet owners should immediately stop feeding the food to their dogs.
A complete list of stores that sold the recalled food can be found on the companys Web site: www.doanepetcare.com/recall/stores.
Pet owners with questions about the recall can also call the company at 1- 800-624-7387.
Doane Pet Care emphasized this action is not connected to the massive recall of millions of bags of dog and cat food -- contaminated with the chemical melamine -- announced in March.
The presence of that chemical triggered one of the largest pet food recalls in U.S. history. Its also blamed for the deaths and illnesses of thousands of dogs and cats nationwide.
The FDA discovered melamine in the wheat gluten, corn gluten and rice protein imported from China and used to make the pet foods.