With such a variety of cat food out there, recalls are pretty much inevitable at one point or another.
Unfortunately, the latest report of tainted food stretches almost entirely throughout the US, as well as a large portion of Canada.
It’s been confirmed that Rad Cat Raw Diet cat foods have tested positive for salmonella and listeria. The affected flavors include beef, chicken, and turkey, with listeria affecting all three and salmonella affecting only turkey-flavored products.
The affected products have been distributed throughout Western Canada, as well as the entire United States, excluding Hawaii and Mississippi. The outbreak affects all sizes of container, from small samples to 24-ounce tubs.
To confirm whether your product is a part of the recall, check the lot codes – found on lids and cup bottoms – for the following numbers: 62384, 62361, 62416, 62372. For more information regarding these lot codes, read the FDA recall notice in its entirety.
If your product has in fact been recalled, dispose of it immediately. You can then fill out the consumer claim form on the company website and return it to the store from where you purchased the product in exchange for a full refund.
In addition to posing a risk to animals that ingest it, the tainted product can also pose a significant health risk for any humans who handle it or come into contact with family pets who have eaten it. The recall suggests that you dispose of the product entirely, and thoroughly wash and rinse and bowls, plates, floors, or other surfaces that have come into contact with the affected cat food.
Listeria and salmonella poisoning result in a variety of similar symptoms ranging from mild to severe in intensity. In humans, symptoms include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, headaches, abdominal cramps, and fever. In animals, both diseases manifest in lethargy, fever, diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal pain, and decreased appetite.
Though potentially fatal to anyone infected, those most at-risk are young children, the elderly, and those with a weakened immune system. If you, a loved one, or a beloved pet begin to show signs of infection, seek medical assistance immediately.