Attention, owners of hedgehogs: a food for this small animal faces a recall over fears that it might be contaminated with salmonella, according to a recent recall notice posted on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration website.
Ohio-based Vitakraft Sun Seed Inc. has issued a voluntary single-batch recall of its Vitakraft Vita Smart Hedgehog food, fearing the batch may have been contaminated with salmonella, a bacteria that can cause illness in humans and animals.
According to the FDA opinion, the company was contacted regarding possible contamination after the Michigan Department of Agriculture inspected a sample of the product and discovered the presence of the bacteria.
“The tests that found the bacteria were part of randomized testing conducted by the state of Michigan on consumer products, and not motivated by consumer concerns,” according to the recall notice.
However, no illness has been reported to date.
Lot number 343422 is affected. The product has UPC 0-51233-34792-9 and its expiration date is November 6, 2022.
“Animals infected with Salmonella may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever and vomiting. Some animals will only have a decrease in appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Infected but healthy pets can carry and infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and is exhibiting these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian, ”according to the recall notice.
Also there are [a] risk for humans to handle contaminated pet products, especially if they have not washed their hands thoroughly after coming into contact with the products or any surface exposed to these products, ”officials warn.
In humans, symptoms of salmonella usually develop 1 to 72 hours after exposure to the bacteria, with most people developing diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps. The illness typically lasts four to seven days and most people recover without treatment, according to the Centers for Diease Control and Prevention (CDC).
“In some people, the disease can be so severe that the patient must be hospitalized,” according to the CDC. “Salmonella infection can spread from the intestines to the bloodstream and then to other places in the body.”
Federal health officials say children under 5, pregnant women, adults 65 and older, and people with weakened immune systems are more likely to have serious illness.
“Retailers and distributors who received the recalled lots were contacted and asked to remove these lots from their inventory and shelves. Consumers who have purchased a product from the recalled batch should stop using the product and may return the unused portion to the place of purchase for a full refund, ”according to the recall notice.
Customers who have further questions regarding the recall can contact the company at 1-800-221-6175, ext. 123.