Some states prohibit this pet. That doesn't mean its food should have salmonella.


One lot of a food for sugar gliders, small possums native to Australia and illegal in some states, has been recalled after salmonella was found.

The recalled lot of Sunseed Vita Prima Exotics Sugar Glider Formula went to Florida, California (where sugar gliders are illegal), Texas, New Jersey, Nevada, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and, in Canada, Edmonton, Alberta. According to the recall notice, Michigan's Department of Agriculture found the salmonella through random testing.

Pets with salmonella can suffer bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting, quite messy for any animal, but especially a sugar glider. When the animal isn't gliding about like a flying squirrel, owners like to ferry the animals around like pocket pets.

Pets can pass salmonella on to their human owners. Humans with salmonella can suffer the same issues as pets plus, in rougher hits of salmonella, urinary tract infections, endocarditis and artery infections.

Sugar glider owners with lot No. 271391 of the Vita Prima Exotics formula with an expiration date of Dec. 20, 2019 should return it to the store for a full refund. Anyone with questions can call Vitakraft Sun Seed at 1-800-221- 6175, Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Eastern time.