Salmonella Contamination Prompts Recall of Dog Treats
Possible salmonella contamination led to the voluntary recall of all lots of Boots & Barkley American Beef Bully Sticks made by Kasel Associated Industries.
The recall was issued after the Colorado Department of Agriculture conducted a routine sampling of the product, which tested positive for salmonella bacteria. No illnesses or deaths have been reported so far.
Salmonella contaminated products can sicken animals and cause infections. The infected pets may become lethargic and show symptoms such as diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, vomiting, decreased appetite, fever, and abdominal pain. Healthy pets, if infected, can be carriers and can transfer infection to other animals or humans.
Pet owners and others are also at risk for salmonella poisoning if hand washing is not maintained after handling contaminated products or any surface exposed to these products. If you observe symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever, it could be salmonella. In some rare cases, it could also lead to arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract infection.
The recalled product, which is contained in clear plastic bag that includes six five-inch bully sticks marked with bar code number 647263899189, was sold at Target retail stores from April to September 2012.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Colorado Department of Agriculture are investigating how the pet treats were contaminated. The FDA has asked consumers to return the recalled product to the place of purchase.
If you or a loved one has been harmed by an unsafe or contaminated food product, contact Sokolove Law for a free legal consultation and to find out if a product liability lawyer may be able to help you.