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Contaminated parsley leads to birdfood recall by Goldenfeast

Mechele R. Dillard's picture

Contaminated parsley may have contaminated an exotic bird food blend.

Goldenfeast® Inc. is recalling several exotic bird food blends due to possible contamination of Salmonella from parsley flake ingredients supplied to Goldenfeast® Inc. by Specialty Commodities, Inc., an outside supplier to Goldenfeast® Inc.

On February 11, 2013 Specialty Commodities, Inc. initiated a voluntary product recall of parsley flakes distributed to Goldenfeast® Inc. and other pet food manufacturers because the product may have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. Specialty Commodities distributed the product to Goldenfeast® Inc. on May 17, 2012.

No human or pet illnesses have been reported at this writing. Goldenfeast® Inc. is initiating this recall in accordance with FDA guidelines.

Recalled products were distributed to retailers and distributors in the states of: Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Idaho, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas, Washington, Wisconsin, Virginia and Canada.

No other Goldenfeast® Inc. products are affected by this voluntary recall. Customers who have purchased any of the products listed below are urged to contact Goldenfeast® at 800-344-6536 between the hours and 9 am and 5 pm. EST, Monday through Friday, for instruction on product return.

Salmonella can affect animals eating the products and humans may be at risk from handling contaminated pet products. Healthy persons exposed to Salmonella should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomit, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping, and fever. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in more serious ailments, including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary track symptoms. Consumers exhibiting these symptoms after having contact with these products should contact their physician or healthcare provider.

Pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Some pets will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Infection but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled product(s) and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.

For a list of all of the recalled products, visit the U.S. Food and Drug Administration website.

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