April 01, 2007


 FDA detects Salmonella contamination in brand of raw cat food

Posted March 15, 2007

The Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers not to use Wild Kitty Cat Food because of possible Salmonella contamination.

During routine monitoring, the FDA detected Salmonella organisms in a sample of frozen raw Wild Kitty Cat Food. As of Feb. 20, the warning covered the Chicken with Clam Recipe, 3.5 and 16 ounces; Raw Duck with Clam Recipe, 3.5 and 16 ounces; and Raw Tuna with Conch Recipe, 3.5 ounces.

The Wild Kitty Cat Food company voluntarily recalled the products after initially refusing FDA requests to do so. The company had received no reports of illness in association with these products.

The company and the FDA are investigating the matter to determine the source of the problem, according to a Feb. 16 company press release, and will take any additional steps necessary to protect public health.

In the initial response to the FDA warning, the Wild Kitty Cat Food company stated that it follows FDA Guidance for Industry 122, "Manufacture and Labeling of Raw Meat Foods for Companion and Captive Noncompanion Carnivores and Omnivores." According to the Feb. 13 company statement, the Wild Kitty Cat Label product label includes guidelines that the FDA has recommended to ensure that consumers are aware of safe handling methods to limit the spread of bacteria.

The FDA has asked consumers to report any injuries or problems with Wild Kitty Cat Food to its Office of Emergency Operations at (301) 443-1240.

The FDA warning and the company press release regarding the recall are available from the agency's Center for Veterinary Medicine at www.fda.gov/.