AP’s Mary Clare Jalonick reports that reptile owners who have been feeding rats, mice and chicks to their pets may be at risk for Salmonella poisoning.

The company that sells the reptile food, Mice Direct, announced a recall of the frozen rats, mice and chicks Tuesday, saying that human illnesses possibly related to the frozen reptile feed have been reported in 17 states.  The company says the recall is based on Food and Drug Administration sampling of the frozen mice.