Published On: Fri, Apr 19th, 2013

Merit Bird Company recalls bird food over possible salmonella

Chatsworth, California company, Merit Bird Company, has announced a voluntary recall a variety of bird food products after routine testing performed by Specialty Commodities revealed that the parsley in the finished products contain Salmonella, according to an FDA press release Thursday.

Cockatiel Public domain image/Terradakphil at en.wikipedia

Public domain image/Terradakphil at en.wikipedia

The affected products in the recall include Vitae Cockatiel with Sunflower 2 pounds (#2840081), Vitae Cockatiel with Sunflower 4 pounds (#2840090), Vitae Small Hookbill 4 pounds, (#2840225), Vitae Small Hookbill 20 pounds, (#2840234), Vitae Hookbill with Sunflower 4 pounds, (#2840252), and Vitae Large Hookbill 4 pounds, (#2840279).

The affected products were shipped between May 2012 to February 2013.  Vitae bird food was distributed through Southern California retail pet stores. The bags in question are packaged in a factory sealed plastic bag or a white bulk bag for the 20# size.

Animals with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Some animals will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Infected but otherwise healthy animals can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your animals have consumed the recalled product and have these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.

In humans, Salmonella can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain.

In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.

If you have any of these products, return them to the place of purchase or Merit Bird company for a refund. For questions and more information, call the company at 1-818-727-1655 Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm PT.

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