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Salmonella in Wild Kitty Cat Food (update!)

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning consumers not to purchase, or use, Wild Kitty Cat Food due to the presence of Salmonella.

During routine monitoring activities, FDA collected and analyzed a sample of frozen raw Wild Kitty Cat Food and detected Salmonella in the product.

No recall
The Wild Kitty Cat Food is sold nationwide in the US to retail stores and through distributors and internet sales, nationwide. The manufacturer declined to recall this product despite several requests by FDA that it do so. The specific products covered by this warning are Wild Kitty Raw All Natural, Frozen Cat Food – Chicken with Clam Recipe, Net Wt. 3.5 oz (100g) and 1 lb in plastic containers. Some of these containers may be uncoded.

Reaction of Wild Kitty Cat Food
According to Wild Kitty Cat Food, there is absolutely no risk for pets getting infected with Salmonella. The tolerance set for an FDA recall of Wild Kitty Cat food was Zero Tolerance for pathogens, which means the food cannot have one single pathogenic microorganism. The tolerance for dry dog food is less than 10% of the sample. Clearly the FDA has exceptions to the zero tolerance rules applied to Wild Kitty, according to the company.

No 'kill' step
In addition, Wild Kitty Cat Food stated that this issue is not a result of poor processing, second grade product or bad sanitation, as the products are processed in a state-of-the-art USDA plant, with USDA inspectors on site at all times. The company also said that the consumer and pet will always have some risk of exposure to food born pathogens, since there is no "kill" step (cooking or irradiation) in the production of any raw meat pet food, and none required by FDA or USDA.

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