Merrick Pet Care Inc. of Amarillo, Texas, is recalling its Jr. Texas Taffy dog treat due to potential salmonella contamination. The decision is “in the abundance of caution,” the company said.
No illnesses have been reported to date, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, which recently sent out a media alert.
Specifically, the Jr. Texas Taffy dog treat recall includes Item #27077, UPC #02280827077 and all lots up to and including 10364.
The treats were shipped to distributors and retailers throughout the United States. These individuals have been notified and have activated their recall procedures, according to the FDA.
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, according to the FDA. Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans.
Pet owners are urged to contact their veterinarian if their pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms.
Salmonella can also be a risk to humans. People handling the treats can become infected with salmonella, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the chews or any surfaces exposed to these products, according to the FDA. Consumers are urged to dispose of these products in a safe manner by securing them in a covered trash receptacle.
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, according to the FDA.
Rarely, salmonella can result in more serious ailments, including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation and urinary tract symptoms, the FDA noted. Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product are urged to contact their health care providers immediately.
Consumers who have purchased the Jr. Texas Taffy can return the unused portion to the place of purchase for a full refund.
Consumers with questions can contact Merrick Pet Care at 800-664-7387, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CST.
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