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Mars Petcare US Issues Voluntary Recall of a Limited Number of Bags
of SPECIAL KITTY(R) Gourmet Sold at Wal-Mart locations in Fifteen
States due to Potential Salmonella Contamination

Contact:
Debra Fair
MARS PETCARE US
(973) 691-3536
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- FRANKLIN, Tenn. – October 27, 2008 – Mars
Petcare US today announced a voluntary recall of a limited number of
bags of SPECIAL KITTY(R) Gourmet Blend dry cat food sold at Wal-Mart
locations in Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine,
North Carolina, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio,
Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, Vermont, and West Virginia. The
pet food is being voluntarily recalled following a positive test
result indicating a potential contamination with Salmonella.
This product should not be sold or fed to pets. Pet owners should
dispose of product in a safe manner (example, a securely covered
trash receptacle) and return the empty bag to the store where
purchased for a full refund.
Salmonella can cause serious infections in dogs and cats, and, if
there is cross contamination caused by handling of the pet food, in
people as well, especially children, the aged, and people with
compromised immune systems.  Healthy people potentially infected with
Salmonella should monitor themselves for some or all of the following
symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal
cramping and fever. On rare occasions, Salmonella can result in more
serious ailments, including arterial infections, endocarditis,
arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms.
Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this
product should contact their healthcare providers.
Pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or
bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Some pets will have only
decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain.  Animals can be
carriers with no visible symptoms and potentially infect other
animals or humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and
has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.
There have been no complaints or reports of illness resulting from
consumption or handling of the recalled product.
Pet owners who have questions about the recall should call
1-877-568-4463 or visit www.petcare.mars.com.
Recalled Pet Food
Product: SPECIAL KITTY(R) Gourmet Blend Dry Cat Food
Best If Used By Date: AUG 11 09
Best If Used By Date Location: Back of bag
Production Lot Code: 50 XXXX X  (Found on back of bag just after
"Best If Used By" date. Consumers should look for "50" as the first
two digits of the second line.)
UPC Code: UPC code numbers can be found directly underneath the bar
code on the package. Please find recalled pet food UPC information below.
3.5 lb.
SPECIAL KITTY(R) Gourmet Blend
81131 17546
7 lb.
SPECIAL KITTY(R) Gourmet Blend
81131 17547
18 lb.
SPECIAL KITTY(R) Gourmet Blend
81131 17548
Affected Stores: Wal-Mart locations in Connecticut, Delaware,
Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New
Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia,
Vermont, and West Virginia.

In an effort to prevent the transmission of Salmonella from pets to
family members and care givers, the FDA recommends that everyone
follow appropriate pet food handling guidelines when feeding their
pets. A list of safe pet food handling tips can be found at:
<http://www.fda.gov/consumer/updates/petfoodtips080307.html>
www.fda.gov/consumer/updates/petfoodtips080307.html
Pet owners who have questions about the recall should call
1-877-568-4463 or visit www.petcare.mars.com.

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