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FDA issues warning about pet chicken-jerky treats

FDA issues warning about pet chicken-jerky treats

by SUSAN WYATT / The Pet Dish

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KING5.com

Posted on December 8, 2012 at 11:47 AM

Updated Saturday, Dec 8 at 3:31 PM

The FDA is warning people not to feed their dogs certain Nature’s Deli Chicken Jerky Dog Treats packaged and distributed by Kasel Associates Industries Inc., of Denver, Colo., because the product may be contaminated with Salmonella.

The treats are made in the United States and are not related to the treats made in China that have reportedly sickened and killed pets.

The FDA says Kasel declined to perform a voluntary recall. The company recalled one lot of its Nature’s Deli Chicken Jerky Dog Treats on October 2, 2012, but that recall did not extend to the lot code covered by the FDA warning.

In November 2012, a retail sample of Nature’s Deli Chicken Jerky Dog Treats lot code BESTBY061913DEN taken by the Colorado Department of Agriculture tested positive for Salmonella.

The product is sold in 3.0 lb. packages labeled as Nature’s Deli Chicken Jerky Dog Treats.  Lot code BESTBY061913DEN is located on the reverse side of the packaging in the transparent section immediately following the term “All American Dog.” The affected products are sold at Costco stores in the Denver, Colo., area.

Costco is working with FDA and has removed all of the affected products from its shelves. The company will also contact customers who may have purchased the product to provide additional instructions.

In September 2012, the Colorado Department of Agriculture tested a retail sample of a Kasel dog treat product and detected a positive finding for Salmonella. An FDA follow-up inspection at the firm found certain finished dog treat products and 34 out of 72 environmental samples positive for Salmonella.

Pets with Salmonella infections may become lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever and vomiting. Some pets may experience only a decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Infected, but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed any of the affected product or is experiencing any of these symptoms, contact your veterinarian immediately.

There have not been any reports of illnesses associated with the treats.

Resources

FDA press release

How to report a pet food complaint

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