Goldenfeast ® recently announced the recall of several bird foods due to possible Salmonella contamination. The recalled bird foods all contain parsley flakes distributed by Specialty Commodities, Inc. that may have been contaminated.
Luckily, there have been no cases of illness reported in humans or pets from this recall. The foods in this recall were widely distributed across North America – from Arizona to California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Idaho, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas, Washington, Wisconsin, Virginia and Canada.
The exact products vary in both name and size – from bulk bags to 25 ounce bags. The some of the food blends include Australian, Caribbean Bounty and Bean Supreme plus diets for finches, parakeets and hookbills. Be sure to check the FDA’s website for exact products. You will need to verify the UPC Code and the Best If Used By date – all of which is on the bar code label. This emphasizes the need to keep original containers or take a picture of this info with your cell phone so you have it handy before you dispose of the packaging.
If you have purchased or fed any of the products listed on the FDA’s website, you can contact Goldenfeast® about returns. You may call the company at 800-344-6536 between the hours and 9 am and 5 pm. EST, Monday through Friday. In the meantime, stop using the foods and practice good hygiene to clean up containers, food bowls and cages. Hot soapy water followed by a thorough rinse should suffice.
Signs of Salmonella in pets may include loss of appetite, diarrhea, vomiting and depression. Fevers may be present, which contribute to the lethargy of the affected pets. Similar signs can be seen in people with Salmonella. Birds are notorious for hiding signs of illness as long as possible, so be sure to evaluate your bird(s) daily.