‘Dispose of it immediately’: Major recall of cat food sold at PetSmart and other pet stores triggers Health Canada warning due to salmonella fears

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Health Canada warns pet owners Thursday (June 17) of a major cat food recall due to possible salmonella contamination.

The recall affects certain lots of Natural Balance LID Limited Ingredient Diets® Green Pea & Chicken Formula dry cat food in 5 and 10 pound bags, according to the recall notice.

The recalled cat food may be contaminated with salmonella and there is a risk of cross-contamination and disease after handling the cat food, Health Canada warned.

“Salmonella can infect cats who eat a product contaminated with Salmonella bacteria. Symptoms of salmonella infection in cats can include vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite, fever, or excessive salivation. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and exhibits these symptoms, contact Please contact your vet. Some cats do not appear to be sick, but they can spread infections to other animals and people in the household, “the statement said.

Salmonella can be transmitted to humans through handling contaminated pet products, especially if they have not washed their hands after coming in contact with their cat’s food, surfaces, and / or cats that have come into contact with the contaminated product said Health Canada.

As of June 2, the company had received no reports of illness, ailments or injuries in Canada.

The company reported that 378 units of the affected product were sold in Canada from February 2021 to April 2021.

PetSmart confirmed on its website that the recalled products were sold. Pet Valu has yet to confirm whether or not it sold the items.

“Consumers should immediately stop feeding cat food affected by this recall and dispose of it immediately or return it to their retailer for a refund. Natural Balance Pet Foods products are 100% guaranteed and all returned products will be refunded.” Health Canada said.

For more information, consumers can contact Natural Balance Pet Foods at 1-833-558-0908.

Here are the recalled products: