Pets and their human handlers could be at risk from a recalled called American Beef Bully Sticks produced under the Boots & Barkley name by Denver-based Kasel Associated Industries.
The 5-inch sticks come in a 6-count package. Humans are at risk from handling the sticks and not washing their hands. No illnesses have yet been associated with the recall.
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. Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. Any pet has consumed the recalled product and has any of these signs, should be taken to a veterinarian.
The recalled American Beef Bully Sticks were distributed nationwide through Target retail stores from April through September 2012.
The product comes in a clear plastic bag containing 6 bully sticks marked with bar code number 647263899189.
Kasel Industries is recalling all lot numbers because the following lot codes tested positive through analysis by the Colorado Department of Agriculture: BESTBY20APR2014DEN, BESTBY01JUN2014DEN, BESTBY23JUN2014DEN, and BESTBY23SEP2014DEN.
The Colorado Department of Agriculture discovered the Salmonella contamination through routine testing.
The company has ceased the production and distribution of the product while FDA and the company continue investigating as to the source of the contamination.
Consumers may return the recalled product to the place where they were purchased for a full refund.
Consumers with questions may contact Kasel Associated Industries at 1-800-218-4417 Monday thru Friday from 7am to 5pm MDT.© Food Safety News