Dog Treats Recalled Over Possible Salmonella
Merrick recalls one lot of Beef Filet Squares for Dogs due to possible contamination.
Posted: July 6, 2010, 3 p.m. EDT
Merrick Pet Care Inc. of Amarillo, Texas, has issued another recall of its Beef Filet Squares for Dogs pet treats due to possible salmonella contamination.
On July 2, the company recalled 86 cases of its 10-ounce packages of Beef Filet Squares for Dogs, item number 60016, lot number 10084TL7, with a “Best By” date of March 24, 2012. The treats have the potential to be contaminated with salmonella, according to the company.
Merrick recalled 10-ounce packages of its Beef Filet Squares with a different lot number for the same reason in January. In this new case, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration had collected a sample of the Beef Filet Squares, lot number 10084TL7, from a retail store. The sample tested positive for salmonella, the company reported.
The newly recalled product was shipped to distributors and retailers throughout the United States. Those companies have been notified and have activated their recall procedures, according to Merrick.
Pets with salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever and vomiting. Some pets may have decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans, according to the company. Dog owners are urged to contact their veterinarian if their pet has consumed the recalled product and is exhibiting these symptoms.
Humans can also become infected, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the product or surfaces exposed to the recalled product, according to the company. Symptoms in humans may include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fever and headache. Children, the elderly and people with compromised immune systems are particularly susceptible to infection, according to the company.
The company has not reported any illnesses associated with the recalled dog treats.
Consumers who have purchased 10-ounce packages of Beef Filet Squares for Dogs are urged to return the unused portion to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 800-664-7387, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CST.
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