Charlee Bear Products just issued a recall for some of its Protein Crunch Bar treats for dogs over concerns about contamination with the dangerous Salmonella pathogen.
A finished product sample tested positive for Salmonella; however, no reports of animal or human illness have been associated with the recalled Charlee Bear Products, said Paw Nation. The following Charlee Bear Protein Crunch Bars, which were distributed nationwide during September and October, have been recalled:
Chicken Recipe with Carrots 5.5-Ounce Packages, UPC 8710890000
- Lot number 19812, Best by date 07-16-2015
- Lot number 19912, Best by date 07-17-2015
- Lot number 20012, Best by date 07-18-2015
- Lot number 20212, Best by date 07-20-2015
Chicken Recipe with Sweet Potatoes 5.5-Ounce Packages, UPC 8710890001
- Lot number 20112, Best by date 07-19-2015
Consumers in possession of these recalled pet treats should return them for a full refund, said Paw Nation. Charlee Bear may be reached by email at email@example.com, or by telephone, toll-free, at 1.800.396.8893.
As we’ve written, Salmonella can sicken the animals that eat contaminated products; humans are at risk for Salmonella poisoning from handling contaminated pet products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after touching contaminated products or the surfaces exposed to these products.
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, may carry the disease and infect other animals and humans.
It can take between six and 72 hours from consumption of a contaminated product for the symptoms of Salmonella poisoning—salmonellosis—to appear in humans. Symptoms include diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever. Additional symptoms include chills, headache, nausea, and vomiting that can last up to seven days. The illness usually lasts four to seven days; however, in some, the organism can invade the bloodstream, becoming so severe that hospitalization is required. Sometimes, infection with the Salmonella pathogen can result in, and produce more severe or chronic illnesses and can leave sufferers with serious life-long health issues.
Pet Nation also noted that PetMD reported that Wellness issued a recall for one of its dog food products as well: All 12-lb bags of Small Breed Adult Health Dry Dog Food with the best buy date of August 18th, 2013. This recall was issued because Wellness said it is concerned about the high moisture level found in some bags, which can lead to mold growing on the food prior to it expiration date, Pet Nation explained.