Vitakraft Sun Seed Recalls Sun Seed Vita Prima Hedgehog Food – Possible Salmonella Contamination


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Vitakraft Sun Seed Inc. of Weston, OH, is voluntarily recalling Sun Seed Vita Prima Hedgehog Food and Vitakraft Vita Smart Hedgehog Food because they have the potential to be contaminated with SalmonellaSalmonella can affect animals eating the products and there is also a risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products, animal waste, or any surfaces exposed to these products.


Vitakraft Sun Seed was notified on June 18, 2024, by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture that Salmonella was detected in an inspection sample of product from Lot Number 417429. The tests which identified the bacteria were part of random testing performed by the State of Minnesota on consumer products, and not prompted by any consumer concerns. To date, there have been no reports of illness.


Products matching the specific lot number in the table below are being recalled.

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. This means that the asymptomatic hedgehog my shed the pathogen in its feces for a short period of time or persistently without any other symptoms of illness. As with all pathogens, it is imperative to thoroughly wash hands after handling animals, their food, food dishes and their waste to prevent the transmission of this zoonotic disease. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has any symptoms, please contact your veterinarian for proper supportive care.


The package of hedgehog food labeled "Vita Prima" by Sunseed. The package is predominantly yellow and white with a picture of a hedgehog in the bottom left corner. The product is described as "wholesome nutrition" and "all-in-one pellet." Key features highlighted on the package include "vitamin fortified," "highly digestible," and "high in protein." The net weight of the product is 25 ounces (708 grams). The background includes images of grains, emphasizing the wholesome ingredients.


Products from the recalled lot were distributed to the following states: FL, IN, IL, KY, MA, MI, MN, MO, NC, NY, OH, PA, SC, TN, TX, and VA. Retailers and distributors who received the recalled lots have been contacted and asked to remove these lots from their inventory and shelves.


Products from the recalled lot were distributed to the following states: AZ, CA, FL, GA, IL, IN, KY, MA, MI, MN, MO, NC, NJ, NV, NY, OH, PA, SC, TN, TX, VA, AND WI. Retailers and distributors who received the recalled lots have been contacted and asked to pull these lots from their inventory and shelves.

Consumers who have purchased a product from the recalled lot should discontinue use of the product, handle the remaining product with gloved hands, and wash hands thoroughly after handling the product. The customer may return the unused portion to the place of purchase for a full refund.

Source and more images: FDA

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Customers who have further questions are welcome to contact Customer Service at 1-800-221-6175 Extension 123, Monday through Friday between 8:30am and 5:00pm EST.

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UPC #:

DESCRIPTION

LOT

EXP

0-87535-40060-4 Sun Seed Vita Prima Hedgehog Food, 25oz 417429 10/18/2025
0-87535-40060-4 Sun Seed Vita Prima Hedgehog Food, 25oz 406118 5/04/2025
0-87535-40060-4 Sun Seed Vita Prima Hedgehog Food, 25oz 407265 5/22/2025
0-87535-40060-4 Sun Seed Vita Prima Hedgehog Food, 25oz 407849 6/09/2025
0-87535-40060-4 Sun Seed Vita Prima Hedgehog Food, 25oz 409133 6/20/2025
0-87535-40060-4 Sun Seed Vita Prima Hedgehog Food, 25oz 410999 7/17/2025
0-87535-40060-4 Sun Seed Vita Prima Hedgehog Food, 25oz 415624 9/21/2025
0-87535-40060-4 Sun Seed Vita Prima Hedgehog Food, 25oz 419647 11/20/2025
0-51233-34792-9 Sun Seed Vita Prima Hedgehog Food, 25oz 409175 6/28/2025
0-51233-34792-9 Sun Seed Vita Prima Hedgehog Food, 25oz 411084 7/20/2025
0-51233-34792-9 Sun Seed Vita Prima Hedgehog Food, 25oz 412635 8/18/2025
0-51233-34792-9 Sun Seed Vita Prima Hedgehog Food, 25oz 415713 10/09/2025
0-51233-34792-9 Sun Seed Vita Prima Hedgehog Food, 25oz 417491 10/18/2025

Salmonella

Consumption of food contaminated with Salmonella can cause salmonellosis, one of the most common bacterial foodborne illnesses. The most common symptoms of salmonellosis are diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever within 6 hours to 6 days after eating the contaminated product. The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days. Most people recover without treatment. In some people, however, the diarrhea may be so severe that the patient needs to be hospitalized. Older adults, infants, and persons with weakened immune systems are more likely to develop a severe illness. Individuals concerned about an illness should contact their health care provider.

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