The Hartz Mountain Corporation has voluntarily recalled four lots of its Wardley Advanced Nutrition Perfect Protein Tropical Flake Fish Food, in the 1 oz. size, due to possible Salmonella contamination. Hartz is cooperating fully with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (USDA) during this voluntary recall.
Salmonella can affect any animals that consume a contaminated product, as well as humans handling it. Signs of Salmonella include fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain.
The affected products were shipped nationally between December 2, 2011 and March 15, 2012. In total, 7,056 containers, UPC numbered 0-43324-00591-7, were affected. These containers were isolated to lot codes include PP34911, PP34912, PP35011, and PP35012, all of which were manufactured in Hartz’s Pleasant Point, Ohio, facility.
Hartz discovered the problem during random sample testing, done as part of its quality control procedures. Salmonella was detected in each of the specified lots. The source of the problem is still unknown, but Hartz is aggressively investigating.
No accounts of animals or humans becoming sick from this product have been reported. Hartz has taken immediate steps to remove the product from all retail stores and distribution centers.
Fish owners having purchased this product should check the lot code on their containers. If the code is PP34911, PP34912, PP45011, PP35012, or the lot code is not visible, these products should be discarded of right away.
Consumers with questions, or to obtain reimbursement for affected purchased product, can call Hartz at 1-800-275-1414 (24 hours/day, 7 days/week).