Salmonella outbreak under investigation
A multi-state case-control study showed a link between illness and purchase of Mars dry petfoods
Release Date: September 10, 2007
The CDC is working with public health officials in Pennsylvania, other state health departments and the FDA to investigate a multi-state outbreak of Salmonella serotype Schwarzengrund infections in humans. Mars Petcare US announced a voluntary recall of select 5 pound bags of Krasdale Gravy dry dog food and 50 pound bags of Red Flannel Large Breed Adult Formula dry dog food at the end of August. The illnesses have been linked with dry petfood produced at the Mars Petcare US manufacturing facility in Pennsylvania. The dog food was sold in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania in the US. The petfood was recalled because the Food and Drug Administration detected Salmonella in a sample of Krasdale Gravy dry dog food with "best by" dates of July 16 and 17, 2008, during a recent review.
A multi-state case-control study showed a link between illness and purchase of Mars dry petfoods.The Pennsylvania Department of Health (PADOH) conducted environmental testing in the Mars production facility. One of the samples collected yielded the outbreak strain of Salmonella Schwarzengrund. In tests conducted by the FDA, two brands yielded the outbreak strain of Salmonella Schwarzengrund. Neither of the brands recalled in August have been linked to human illness.
Investigations continue to determine why human illness, especially in infants, is associated with dry petfood. Factors under scrutiny include handling and storage of dry petfood, hand-washing practices, exposure of children to dry petfood and location in the home where pets are fed. Additional information is available at www.marspetcare.com