Texas Hold ‘ems Pet Treats Recalled for Salmonella

Merrick Pet Care, Inc. of Amarillo, Texas is extending its July 2,2010 recall of 10-ounce “Beef Filet Squares for Dogs (Texas Hold ‘ems)” pet treat (ITEM # 60016 LOT # 10084TL7 BEST BY MARCH 24, 2012). The revised recall now includes 83 cases of “Texas Hold ‘ems” (ITEM # 60016 LOT # 10127 BEST BY MAY 6, 2012), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just announced.

The recalls were implemented because the Pet Treats have the potential to be contaminated with the dangerous, sometimes deadly, <"http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/food_poisoning">Salmonella pathogen. Salmonella can affect animals and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products.

People handling the recalled Texas Hold ‘ems Pet 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 recalled products. The FDA is advising consumers 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. 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 can 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 have been notified and have activated their recall procedures.

The treats are sold in 10-ounce plastic bags marked with “Lot # 10127 Best By May 6, 2012″ on the top of the bag and on a sticker applied to the bottom of the bag.

To date, no illnesses have been reported for either lot of the recalled product; however, a sample tested positive for Salmonella.

Consumers who have purchased 10-ounce packages of “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.

Photographs of the product labels can be accessed on the FDA’s website at: http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm221206.htm

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