September 22, 2014

Company Refuses To Recall Salmonella Dog Treats

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning consumers not to feed their dogs certain Nature’s Deli Chicken Jerky Dog Treats because they may be contaminated with Salmonella. The affected products are packaged and distributed by Kasel Associates Industries Inc., of Denver, Colorado which has declined to perform a voluntary recall at this time.

On October 2, 2012, Kasel issued a recall for one lot of  Nature’s Deli Chicken Jerky Dog Treats, but that recall does not cover the products now in question. In November 2012, the Colorado Department of Agriculture found Salmonella in a retail sample taken from Nature’s Deli Chicken Jerky Dog Treats with lot code BESTBY061913DEN on the back side of the package in the transparent section immediately following the term “All American Dog.” The jerky treats were  sold at Costco stores in the Denver area. Costco, which is cooperating with the FDA, and has removed all of the affected products from its shelves and is contacting customers who may have purchased the product.

A pet with a Salmonella infection, called salmonellosis, will have symptoms including lethargy, diarrhea which may be bloody and vomiting. Some pets may experience  a decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Others may show no sign of illness can be carriers and infect other animals or humans.  If your pet has eaten any of the affected products the FDA advises scheduling a visit with your veterinarian.

It’s important to note that humans can contact a Salmonella infection from handling the treats or by touching  a surface that a tainted treat has touched.  Washing hands after feeding your pet is the best way to avoid illness. Salmonella symptoms in humans include nausea, vomiting, bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever.

Other Kassel dog treats that have recently been recalled for possible contamination with Salmonella are: Kasel Associated Industries Recalls Boots & Barkley Roasted American Pig Ears And Boots & Barkley American Variety Pack Dog Treats Kasel Associated Industries Recalls Nature’s Deli Chicken Jerky Dog Treats [ lot code BEST BY 091913 DEN], Kasel Associated Industries Recalls Boots & Barkley American Beef Bully sticks. 

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