We recently wrote that Merrick Pet Care, Inc. of Amarillo, Texas extended its July 2, 2010 recall of specific 10-ounce â€œBeef Filet Squares for Dogs (Texas Hold’ems)â€ pet treats to include 83 cases of â€œTexas Holdâ€˜ems.â€ Now, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just announced that Merrick Pet Care is recalling all lots of its 10-ounce “Beef Filet Squares” for Dogs and “Texas Hold’ems” pet treats because they have the potential to be contaminated with <"http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/food_poisoning">Salmonella.
Salmonella can affect animals and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products. 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. Consumers should 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. Rarely, Salmonella can result in more serious ailments, including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms. Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product should contact their healthcare providers immediately.
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. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian immediately.
The “Beef Filet Squares” & “Texas Hold’ems” were shipped to distributors and retailers throughout the US. These individuals and firms have been notified and have activated their recall procedures. To date, no illnesses have been reported.
Consumers who have purchased 10-ounce packages of “Beef Filet Squares for Dogs” & “Texas Hold’ems” are urged to return the unused portion to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-800-664-7387 Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Central Daylight Time.