Sunshine Mills dog foods recalled due to Salmonella

Sunshine Mills, Inc. is recalling several dry dog foods, because the products may be contaminated with Salmonella, according to a recall notice posted on the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) website.

The recall was initiated after the Minnesota Department of Agriculture reported finding Salmonella in a 5-lb bag of Sprout Sporting Dog Food, collected and analyzed as part of a routine surveillance program.

The recall

  • Sportsman’s Pride Professional Formula 30/20 Dog Food, 40-lb bag:- Lot TI1 07/Oct/2020; Best if used by 7 Oct 2021; UPC 7015510184; Distributed in MS, FL, TN, LA, VA, NC, TX
  • Sprout Sporting Dog Food, 5-lb bag:- Lot TE1 06/Oct/2020; Best if used by 6 Oct 2021; UPC 7015505101; Distributed in MN, WI, IA, SD, ND
  • Sprout Sporting Dog Food, 40-lb bag:- Lot TI3 06/Oct/2020; Best if used by 6 Oct 2021; UPC 7015505100; Distributed in MN, WI, IA, SD, ND
  • Intimidator Chicken & Rice Formula Dog Food 30/20, 16-lb bag:- Lot TA1 06/Oct/2020; Best if used by 6 Oct 2021; UPC 7015541002; Distributed in TX, MS, FL, AL
  • Intimidator Chicken & Rice Formula Dog Food 30/20, 40-lb bag:- Lot TA1 06/Oct/2020; Best if used by 6 Oct 2021; UPC 5216631214; Distributed in TX, MS, FL, AL
  • FRM Gold Select High Performance Dog Food, 50-lb bag:- Lot TA1 06/Oct/2020; Best if used by 6 Oct 2021; UPC 1549905873; Distributed in GA, FL

The lot code and “Best if used by” date can be found on the back of the package.

All of the recalled products were distributed through Fleet Wholesale Supply Company, which is headquartered in Clintonville​, WI. The products were distributed online and through retail stores.

The background

This is the second Salmonella-related recall in less than a year involving a Sunshine Mills product.

In August 2020, the company recalled multiple production lots of Nature’s Menu® Super Premium Dog Food with a Blend of Real Chicken & Quail after the Georgia Department of Agriculture reported finding Salmonella in a sample collected and tested under a routine surveillance program.

In September and October 2020, the company recalled multiple brands of pet food products after high levels of aflatoxin were reported in some of the products.

Earlier in the same year, in March 2020, Sunshine recalled several brands of dry dog food due to elevated levels of vitamin D.

What consumers should know

  • Pets can become infected with Salmonella as a result of eating a contaminated pet food, and display symptoms that may include lethargy, decreased appetite, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting.
  • Not all infected pets will display symptoms; however, an infected pet may shed Salmonella in its stool, even if asymptomatic.
  • People can become infected as a result of handling a contaminated food or an infected pet. Symptoms of Salmonella infection in humans may include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. Rarely, Salmonella can result in more serious ailments, including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms. 
  • If you or a household member exhibits symptoms of Salmonella infection, contact your healthcare provider.
  • If your pet has consumed one of the recalled products and exhibits symptoms of Salmonella infection, consult your veterinarian.
  • FDA encourages consumers to report incidents of pet illness involving commercial pet foods. Instructions on how to report these incidents are available on the FDA website at How to Report a Pet Food Complaint.

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