Chicken jerky dog treats recalled due to Salmonella risk

Nature’s Deli Chicken Jerky Dog Treats has been voluntarily recalled because it may be contaminated with salmonella bacteria that could cause illness.

Kasel Associated Industries of Denver, the American maker of the chicken jerky dog treats, has recalled 2.5-pound packages of the product because of possible health risks. These dog treats were distributed through 57 Sam’s Club stores in a dozen states throughout the U.S.

Salmonella can sicken animals that eat these products, as well as affecting other animals. Even humans are at risk for salmonella poisoning from handling contaminated pet products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the pet products or any surfaces exposed to these products.

Healthy people infected with salmonella should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever.  Although rare, salmonella can result in more serious ailments including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation and urinary tract symptoms. If you experience any of these symptoms, you should contact your healthcare provider.

This jerky treat is not related to the ongoing concerns about the chicken jerky pet treats that were made in China, and have been recalled, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

This is the second recall in about a month for Kasel, which in October, removed packages of “Boots and Barkley Bully Sticks” (pet snacks made from dried bull penises) from markets because of salmonella contamination.

The new recall of jerky treats comes after a routine sampling by the FDA who discovered salmonella in the finished products.   Distribution of any lots that were possibly contaminated has been ceased, according to a company statement.

The product is sold in a clear, plastic bag with the Nature’s Deli logo and the UPC bar code 647263800208. The recall includes lot number BEST BY 091913 DEN because this lot code tested positive through analysis by the FDA.

The treats were distributed to Sam’s Club stores in Colorado, Iowa, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming. No illnesses in pets or humans have been reported in connection with the recall, the company said.

Pets with salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever and vomiting. Some pets will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Pets that are infected, but otherwise healthy, can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has any of these signs, contact your veterinarian.

Consumers who bought the 2.5-pound bags of dog treats are urged to return the products to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact Kasel Associated Industries at (800) 218-4417.

Contact one of our attorneys at Gacovino Lake at 1-800-246-HURT (4878).

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