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    Pet owners love to pamper their pets with tasty treats. Bully sticks, a meat treat designed for dogs to indulge their cravings to chew, are among the most
    Message 1 of 1 , Sep 25, 2012
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      Pet owners love to pamper their pets with tasty treats. Bully sticks, a meat treat designed for dogs to indulge their cravings to chew, are among the most popular dog treats. While these dog treats are usually safe, there have been a number of recalls for dog food and dog treats made in China. However, on Friday, a recall was been issued on one company's product, which is made in America

      Boots & Barkley, a store brand of Target, issued a voluntary recall of their 6 Count 5 Inch American Beef Bully Sticks product because it may be contaminated with Salmonella.

      Target sells a wide range of specialty pet products under the Boots & Barkley brand. The recalled American Beef Bully Sticks were distributed nationwide through Target retail stores from April through September 2012.

      The recall was issued after a routine sampling by the State of Colorado Department of Agriculture which revealed that the finished products contained the Salmonella bacteria. The company immediately ceased production and distribution of the dog treats and issued the recall.

      The affected bully sticks treats are packaged 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 State of Colorado Department of Agriculture: BESTBY20APR2014DEN, BESTBY01JUN2014DEN, BESTBY23JUN2014DEN, and BESTBY23SEP2014DEN.

      The FDA says no illnesses have been reported.

      Symptoms of Salmonella infection in dogs and people typically appear within 12 to 72 hours after infection. Symptoms in dogs can vary but include: fever, abdominal pain, decreased appetite, vomiting, (bloody) diarrhea and lethargy. Dogs with these symptoms should be taken to a veterinarian.

      Humans infected with Salmonella may show symptoms of nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. Rarely, Salmonella in humans can result in more serious ailments, including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms. Humans with these symptoms should consult a healthcare provider.

      In May, 2012, an outbreak of a rare strain of salmonella poisoning linked to dog food infected at least 14 people in nine states. No illnesses have been reported to date in animals or humans in connection with the recalled Boots & Barkley bully sticks treats. No other products made by Kasel Associated Industries are included in the recall.

      Consumers who have purchased the 6 count 5 inch packages of Boots & Barkley American Beef Bully Sticks are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions should contact Kasel Associated Industries at 1-800-218-4417 Monday to Friday from 7a.m. to 5p.m. MDT.


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