Merrick Pet Care Inc. of Amarillo, Texas, has expanded the recall of its Beef Filet Squares dog treats to include Texas Hold’ems treats because they have the potential to be contaminated with salmonella. This marks the third recall issued by Merrick this year.
On Aug. 3, the company recalled 83 cases of 10-ounce packages of Texas Hold’ems beef treats for dogs, item number 60016, lot number 10127, with a “Best By” date of May 6, 2012. A sample of the product has tested positive for salmonella, according to the company. Merrick recalled 10-ounce packages of its Beef Filet Squares for Dogs for the same reason in July and January.
The recalled Texas Hold’ems treats were shipped to distributors and retailers throughout the United States. Those companies have been notified and have activated their recall procedures, according to Merrick. No illnesses related to the recalled product have been reported.
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, according to the company. 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 raw pet food or surfaces exposed to the recalled product, according to the company. Symptoms in humans may include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fever and headache.
Children, the elderly and people with compromised immune systems are particularly susceptible to infection, according to the company.
Consumers who have purchased 10-ounce packages of Texas Hold’ems 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, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CDT.
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