FEB. 22, 2013 UPDATE: Kasel Associated Industries announced today that it has expanded the recall to include dog treats sold by Nutri-Vet, Costco and Sam’s Club. The complete updated list can be found on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) website.
A wide range of dog treats manufactured by Kasel Associated Industries, including those with the brand names Boots & Barkley, BIXBI, Nature’s Deli, Colorado Naturals, Petco and Best Bully Sticks, are being voluntarily recalled because they may be contaminated with Salmonella.
Nearly 50 products are being recalled, most of which are jerky or pig ear treats. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reported earlier this year that more than 500 dogs have died after eating chicken jerky treats manufactured in China, and thousands more have been sickened by them.
However, all of the recalled Kasel Associated Industries products were manufactured at a plant in Denver, Colo. They were distributed to retailers nationwide from April through September 2012.
The Salmonella was discovered in a retail sample of a Boots & Barkley bully stick made at the facility that was obtained by the Colorado Department of Agriculture. After a follow-up inspection at the manufacturing facility, the FDA found that virtually all of the finished pet-treat product samples, and 48 out of 87 environmental samples, tested positive for Salmonella. In fact, more than 10 different species of Salmonella were discovered in the products and facility, “indicating multiple sources of contamination,” according to the FDA.
Salmonella can affect both animals and people who don’t wash their hands after handling contaminated pet products. While severe Salmonella infections are rare in adult dogs with healthy immune systems, they can be lethal to puppies whose immune systems are not fully developed, and older dogs with weakened immune systems. The most common symptom of Salmonella poisoning in dogs is diarrhea.
A complete list [updated Feb. 22, 2013] of the recalled products along with their UPC codes, lot numbers and best by dates can be found on the FDA website.
Consumers who purchased any of the recalled products should return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. If you have questions about the recall, call Kasel Associated Industries at 800-218-4417 Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. MDT.
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