Salmonella Concerns Prompt Pet Treat Recall

Merrick Pet Care Inc. of Amarillo, Texas, is recalling 248 cases of its Doggie Wishbone pet treats because the treats have the potential to be contaminated with salmonella.

Posted: August 9, 2011, 3 p.m. EDT

 merrick doggie wishboes recalled due to salmonella concerns
The company is recalling one lot—lot 11031—of its Doggie Wishbone treats, item No. 29050, UPC 2280829050, with a “Best By” date of Jan. 30, 2012.

The product was shipped to distributors in 10 states: California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Maryland, New York, Rhode Island and Washington.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration detected salmonella during a routine sampling, Merrick said. No illnesses have been reported and there have been no consumer complaints, 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. 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 treats or surfaces exposed to the recalled product. Symptoms in humans may include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever.

Consumers who have purchased the recalled Doggie Wishbone treats are urged to return the unused portion to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-800-664-7387.

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Carla   Hanksville, UT

8/29/2011 7:03:43 PM

I like seeing a proactive recall Before there are any actual illnesses or deaths reported. My Atita Was quite ill from The China Melamine problem. So I have almost exclusively been cooking his food. It's a pain but whem The china authorities said that afterall, they are "only" animals. I was done trusting dogfood manufacturers. Our dog is our family member, just as loved as any of my other children.

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Woof   Chiccccaggggo, IL

8/27/2011 3:32:03 AM

Everytime I find what looks like a good food it hs a recall. I would go homemade 100% if I could as its the only "brand" that I can trust. Unfortunately we are always gone 2 months of the year so I have a short list of approved and partially approved foods

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Pat   Washington, DC

8/19/2011 5:41:31 PM

This is the second such recall for Merrick treats in a little over one year. The first recall involved Jr. Texas Taffy affected by salmonella at Christmastime. I am losing confidence in this US sourced brand.

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Lt   Toronto, ON

8/19/2011 2:02:15 PM

Two of my 3 dogs just had bouts of bloody diarrhea. One was extremely sick.

I am wondering if merricks is going to/or has recalled Any of their lamb lung treats? That is the only product that the 2 dogs have had. The 3rd not sick dog can't tolerate the lamb lung treats.

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