Sun Seed Vita Prima Hedgehog Food Recalled

Weston, Ohio-based Vitakraft Sun Seed Inc. is recalling one lot of Sun Seed Vita Prima Hedgehog Food citing the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said.

The recall involves Sun Seed Vita Prima Hedgehog Food, 25oz with UPC 0-87535-40060-4, lot 417429 and expiry date of 10/18/2025.

The package of hedgehog food, labeled “Vita Prima” by Sunseed, is predominantly yellow and white with a picture of a hedgehog.

The impacted products were distributed to various states, including FL, IN, IL, KY, MA, MI, MN, MO, NC, NY, OH, PA, SC, TN, TX, and VA.

The recall was initiated after Vitakraft Sun Seed was notified on June 18 by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture that Salmonella was detected in an inspection sample of product from Lot Number 417429 during a random testing performed by the State of Minnesota.

Salmonella can affect animals eating the products. Humans, who handles contaminated pet products, are also at risk, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products, animal waste, or any surfaces exposed to these products.

Hedgehogs with Salmonella infections may be lethargic, have bloody or mucoid diarrhea, weight loss, decreased appetite, become dehydrated and/or death. Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans.

So far, the company has not received any reports of illness related to the recalled products.

The company has contacted retailers and distributors who received the recalled lots to remove them from their inventory and shelves.

Consumers are urged to discontinue use of the product, and to return the unused portion to the place of purchase for a full refund.

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