press release

February 12, 2015

Contact:
Christopher Brand
717-240-1017
[email protected]

GIANT/MARTIN’S ALERTS CUSTOMERS TO VOLUNTARY RECALL OF NUTRISCA CHICKEN & CHICK PEA DOG FOOD

Carlisle, PA – Following a recall by Tuffy’s Pet Foods, Inc., GIANT Food Stores, LLC and MARTIN’S Food Markets announced it removed from sale Nutrisca Chicken & Chick Pea Dog Food due to potential Salmonella contamination.

The following product is included in this recall:

  • Nutrisca Chicken & Chick Pea Dog Food, 4 lb., UPC 88424412495, with the following first five digits of the Lot Code and Best By Dates:
    • Lot Codes beginning with: 4G29P, 4G31P, 4H01P, 4H04P, 4H05P and 4H06P
    • Best By Dates of: Jul 28 16, Jul 30 16, Jul 31 16, Aug 03 16, Aug 04 16 and Aug 05 16

GIANT/MARTIN’S has received no reports of pet or human illnesses to date, but the product could be potentially harmful to dogs who ingest the product or to humans from handling contaminated pet products. Pet owners should thoroughly wash their hands after having contact with this product and clean any surfaces that were exposed.

Salmonella can cause salmonellosis, one of the most common bacterial foodborne illnesses. Salmonella infections can be life-threatening, especially to those with weak immune systems, such as infants, the elderly and persons with HIV infection or undergoing chemotherapy. The most common manifestations of salmonellosis are diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever within eight to 72 hours. Additional symptoms may be chills, headache, nausea and vomiting that can last up to seven days. Pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Some pets will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans.

Customers who have purchased the product should discard any unused portions and bring their purchase receipt to GIANT/MARTIN’S for a full refund.

Consumers looking for additional information on the recall may call Nutrisca at 888-559- 8833. In addition customers may call GIANT/MARTIN’S Customer Service at 1-888- 814-4268 for more information. Customers can also visit the GIANT or MARTIN’S website.

About GIANT/MARTIN’S

Headquartered in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, GIANT/MARTIN’S operates nearly 200 grocery stores in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia, under the names of GIANT Food Stores and MARTIN’S Food Markets. GIANT/MARTIN’S employs more than 31,000 associates. Founded in 1923, GIANT and MARTIN’S have a long-standing commitment to eradicate hunger and improve the quality of life for children in addition to working with hundreds of local organizations annually. The company was recognized for its leadership in the fight against hunger with the Golden Grocer Award by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In addition, GIANT/MARTIN’S is one of the top ten fund-raisers in the country for local Children’s Miracle Network hospitals. GIANT and MARTIN’S are Ahold companies. For more information visit www.GiantFoodStores.com and www.MartinsFoods.com. Find us on Facebook at facebook.com/giantfoodstores and facebook.com/martinsfoods and on Twitter @GiantFoodStores or @MartinsFoodMkts.