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Pet Carousel Conducts Nationwide Recall of Beef Hoof Products and Pig Ears Because of Salmonella Risk
Pet Carousel, Inc
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – December 9, 2009 – Sanger, CA-- Pet Carousel has initiated a recall of all Pig Ears and all varieties of Beef Hoof pet treats because the products may be contaminated with Salmonella. The problem was discovered after FDA testing found positive results for Salmonella in pig ears and beef hoof products.
These products were recalled because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. Salmonella can affect both humans and animals. People handling dry pet food and/or pet treats can become infected with Salmonella, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the treats or any surfaces exposed to these products.
Healthy people infected with Salmonella may experience 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 (inflammation of the lining of the heart), arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms. Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product should contact their health care provider immediately.
Pets with Salmonella infections may become lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever and vomiting. Some pets may only experience a decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Infected, but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed any of the affected products or is experiencing any of these symptoms, contact your veterinarian immediately.
The following products have been recalled: The affected pig ear products were packaged under the brand names Doggie Delight, Pork Tasteez and Pet Carousel
18016-P 10-pk red mesh bag
18120-P 20-pk red mesh bag.
The affected beef hooves were packaged under the brand names Choo Hooves, Dentley’s, Doggie Delight, and Pet Carousel
1506-K 5 lb. bulk
1507-K 10 lb. bulk
1520-K 20 lb. bulk
12125-T 10-pk vinyl bag
12110-T 10-pk, vinyl bag
12111-T 10-pk, vinyl bag
12122-T 10 lb., bulk
1503-K 3-pk, vinyl bag
1510-K 10-pk ,vinyl bag
1405-S 5 lb., bulk
1408-S 10-pk, vinyl bag
1410-S 10 lb., bulk
1420-S 20 lb., bulk
90058-H Cheese/& Bacon Stuffed Hoof, bulk
90056-H Peanut Butter Stuffed Hoof, bulk
17005-R Rope toy with Hooves.
The products were distributed nationwide in both bulk and retail packaging for sale in pet food and retail chain stores throughout the country. All sizes and all lots of these pork ears purchased on or after 08/16/2009 and all beef hoof products in all varieties purchased on or after 09/16/2009 made by Pet Carousel are included in this alert.
Pet Carousel has completed notifying its consignees and requested the consignees return affected products and remove them from retail sales. Out of an abundance of caution and concern for public safety, Pet Carousel is issuing this press release to inform consumers of potential risks and to ensure that all affected product has either been returned or otherwise removed from use.
Consumers who have purchased the products described above should cease use and return the product to their place of purchase. Additionally, consumers with questions may contact Pet Carousel at 800-231-3572 from 8:00am to 4:00pm PST.
The horror of the China melamine pet food tragedy a few years ago is all too fresh in many folks memories. For those of you who aren’t quite clear on the details, ‘protein’ imported from China and used as an ingredient in locally manufactured pet food contained melamine rather than protein – a substitution that ultimatley cost many pet’s their lives or their health, and cost their owners so much more, including expensive veterinary bills, damanged or dead pets and questions that were finally answered after way too many pets had died.
Pet products from China have been behind other pet health problems, especially jerky treats. Recently the Food and Drug Administration issued an update to its ongoing investigation of animal illnesses linked to jerky pet treats. To date the FDA has a reported 22,200 pet illnesses related to these treats, many resulting in kidney disease in dogs.
So how to keep your pet safe from becoming a victim?
Know where the treat originates from. Eliminate imported jerky treats. Better safe than very sorry!!
If you cannot find US produced treats your pet will eat make your own.
Always keep an eye on your pet for any unusual signs that could signal a problem: loss of appetite, listlesness, vomiting, diarrhea, unusually thirsty, etc. You know your pet and you know what is unusual.
If you feel something is not right, stop the treats and get your pet to the vet. You can take a stool and urine sample to help the vet determine what is going on.
It is better to be safe and better to visit the vet than wait to see what happens when your pet is ill.