In 2012, Taste of the Wild cat food was included in an ongoing recall that involved salmonella-contaminated dog and cat foods, states About.com and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The contaminated pet foods were produced at a Diamond Pet Foods manufacturing facility in Gaston, South Carolina.
Pet food products with a "Best Before" date between December 9, 2012 and April 7, 2013 are affected by the recall if the production codes have a 2 or 3 in the ninth position of the production code and an “X” in the 10th or 11th position. The affected products were distributed in Canada and the United States. However, the products may have been further distributed through production channels, states PetMD.
Cats that have eaten salmonella-contaminated pet food may have diarrhea that contains blood or mucus. The animal may have a fever, vomit and feel lethargic. Additionally, the cat may salivate excessively and have decreased appetite, explains the CDC. Some infected animals don’t show signs of illness. Salmonella infection in animals can be diagnosed with laboratory tests and a veterinary examination.
The CDC recommends that any recalled cat food product be properly disposed of to prevent the spread of salmonella infection in pets, wild animals or humans. The product should be disposed of in a closed plastic bag and placed in a container that prevents other animals from eating it. If a human touches the product, he should wash his hands thoroughly to prevent spreading the infection.