WellPet recalls dog food due to Salmonella fears

Company: Recall limited to Wellness Complete Health Super5Mix

Published On: May 07 2012 02:23:56 PM EDT   Updated On: May 07 2012 02:25:53 PM EDT

WellPet announced a voluntary recall of one recipe of Wellness dry dog food after being notified by Diamond Pet Foods regarding the presence of Salmonella in Diamond’s Gaston, S.C., facility.

In a news release, the company said the recalled product is limited to Wellness Complete Health Super5Mix Large Breed Puppy, 15 pound and 30 pound bags and 5 ounce sample bags with best by dates of Jan. 9, 2013 through Jan. 11, 2013.

Best by dates -- lot codes -- can be found on the back of the bag in the bottom right-hand corner.

The company said no other WellPet recipes, sizes or brands of food are impacted by the recall.

According to WellPet, all products are tested for Salmonella and all lots tested negative prior to shipping to customers.

WellPet said it no longer purchases any products from Diamond Pet Foods.

Pets with Salmonella infections may have decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. If left untreated, pets may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever and vomiting. 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.

Individuals handling dry pet food can also become infected with Salmonella, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with surfaces exposed to this product. People who believe they may have been exposed to Salmonella should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, people who are more likely to be affected by Salmonella include infants, children younger than 5 years old, organ transplant patients, people with HIV/AIDS and people receiving treatment for cancer.

Pet owners who are unsure if the product they purchased is included in the recall, or for those who would like a replacement product or have additional questions, should call WellPet at 877-227-9587.