Salmonella Worries Prompt Pet Food Recall of Dog Treats

Salmonella in Dog TreatsNature’s Recipe is recalling its dog treats over potential contamination with the dangerous food borne pathogen, Salmonella.

This recall involves a limited supply of “Nature’s Recipe Oven Baked Biscuits with Real Chicken,” dog treats, the Associated Press (AP) reports. The treats were manufactured at Nature’s Recipe’s Topeka, Kansas, plant and were distributed nationwide, mostly through pet specialty retailers.

The recalled Nature’s Recipe Oven Baked Biscuits wit Real Chicken dog treats were sold in 19-ounce stand-up re-sealable pouches and are marked with the Lot Codes 2199TP or 2200TP and a UPC of 30521 51549. The pouches also bear a “Best If Used By Date” stamp of “10 11 13” or “10 12 13.”

According to Nature’s Recipe, the recalled dog treats have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, which can affect the animals who eat the treats and the humans who handle the contaminated treats, said the AP. To date, said Nature Recipe officials, the firm has received no reports of animal or human illnesses related to these recalled pet treats. Nature’s Recipe’s advises pet owners to monitor themselves and their dogs for symptoms of Salmonella. Pet owners are advised to immediately discard the recalled treats.

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.

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