Dog Treats Recalled for Salmonella

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It seems that Salmonella contamination is not only a problem for people: the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced that The Hartz Mountain Corporation has voluntarily recalled 74,800 bags of dog treats that may be tainted with Salmonella. The dog treats, Hartz Naturals Real Beef Treats for Dogs, come in 8-ounce bags and were imported from Brazil.

Salmonella Infection in Dogs
Infection with Salmonella, known as salmonellosis, can affect companion animals such as dogs and cats as well as humans. Dogs that have salmonellosis can develop fever, diarrhea, vomiting, lack of appetite, weight loss, dehydration, mucus in their feces, elevated heart rate, swollen lymph nodes, skin problems, lethargy, and abnormal vaginal discharge (in female). Spontaneous abortion in pregnant females, septicemia, and gastroenteritis may also develop.

If your dog displays any of these signs and symptoms, take it to a veterinarian immediately. Consumers should also be aware that salmonellosis can be transmitted from dogs to humans.

Recalled Dog Treats

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The recalled Hartz Naturals Real Beef Treats for Dogs involve lot code BZ0969101E and UPC number 32700-11519. Check any packages of these dog treats to see if they match. If they do, or if the lot code is not legible, dispose of the treats immediately in a proper manner; that is, make sure no animals or people have access to them when thrown away.

Thus far, there are no reports of animal or human infections or illnesses associated with the recalled dog treats. Hartz has taken steps to have the items removed from the marketplace and distribution centers.

Other dog treats were recalled early last year by PetSmart and Carolina Prime for potential Salmonella contamination in items that contained peanut butter.

If you have any questions about the Hartz Mountain dog treat recall, you can contact the company at 1-800-275-1414 any time. Consumers who are interested in other pet food recalls can also access the FDA’s Pet Recall List that includes product recalls from 2007 through August 1, 2010.

SOURCE:
Food and Drug Administration

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