Salmonella in Bird Food

I wanted to inform the readers of this blog that the Salmonella outbreak has also reached bird food.  On February 27, 2013, United Pet Group, Inc. issued a voluntary withdrawal of a limited quantity of their products due to possible Salmonella contamination.  According to the FDA, on February 11, 2013, Specialty Commodities, Inc. initiated a voluntary product recall of parsley flakes because the parsley may have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.  Thereafter, United Pet Group initiated this withdrawal because some of their products contain small quantities of the dried parsley flakes supplied to United Pet Group by Specialty Commodities, Inc.

Affected Products:

Ultra Blend Gourmet, Food for Parakeets

  • Size: 80oz bag
  • UPC Code: 26851 00904
  • Item #: A904 / 056-0904-01
  • USE BY dates: 07/20/15 and 10/20/15

ēCotrition Grains & Greens, Nutritional Supplement for Parakeets

  • Size: 8oz bag
  • UPC Code: 26851 00505
  • Item #: A505 / 11-20700
  • USE BY dates: 10/23/15 and 11/14/1

ēCotrition Grains & Greens, Nutritional Supplement for Canaries and Finches

  • Size: 8oz bag
  • UPC Code: 26851 00546
  • Item #: C546 / 11-20712
  • USE BY date: 10/16/15

ēCotrition Grains & Greens, Nutritional Supplement for Cockatiels 

  • Size: 6.5oz bag
  • UPC Code: 26851 00512
  • Item #: B512 / 11-20711
  • USE BY date: 12/05/15

Risk to Humans:

Some symptoms to look for after handling the withdrawn United Pet Group products include:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea or bloody diarrhea
  • Abdominal cramping
  • Fever

According to the FDA, “there may be risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products or any surfaces exposed to these products.”  If you or a loved one experiences any of these symptoms after having contact with the withdrawn United Pet Group products, please contact your healthcare provider immediately.

Risk to Pets:

Pets with Salmonella infections may have the following symptoms:

  • Diarrhea or bloody diarrhea
  • Fever
  • Vomiting
  • Lazy
  • Decreased appetite
  • Abdominal pain

If your pet displays any of these symptoms after consuming the withdrawn United Pet Group products, please contact your veterinarian immediately.

Illnesses to Date:

To date, there have been no reported human or pet illnesses.

Refund:

Consumers who have purchased the withdrawn products are entitled to a full refund.  All they must do is return the product to the place of purchase.

Additional Information

If you seek additional information regarding the withdrawal, call United Pet Group’s Consumer Affairs team at 1-800-645- 5145.

Click to learn more about the bird food withdrawal.

What to Do if You Have Been Affected by a Recalled Product

If you or a loved one has become injured or has sustained property damage as a result of a recalled product, you may be entitled to compensation.

Click to find a qualified products liability attorney.