FDA recalls pet treats that may be tainted with salmonella
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All pet treats made from April 20 to Sept. 19, 2012, by Kasel Associated Industries Inc. are being recalled because of potential contamination with salmonella, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Thursday.
The products, such as pig ears and jerky, made at Kasel's Denver facility, are sold under brands that include Boots & Barkley, K9, Colorado Naturals and Nature's Deli, according to an FDA news release.
Inspectors found more than 10 salmonella species in the products and manufacturing facility, the FDA said.
"People and pet safety are our number one priority," said a statement from the company, which said it implemented "corrective measures" right after receiving positive test results for salmonella in September 2012. The company also said it "participated in a voluntary recall."
In addition, "every batch of product leaving our facility is tested before shipping by independent outside labs," the company said.
The FDA said it has gotten "a small number of complaints of illness in dogs who were exposed to the treats" and no reports of humans becoming ill.
Consumers who have Kasel-made pet treats on their shelves and who are unsure of the manufacture date should dispose of the treats in a way that they can't be accessed by humans or domestic or wild animals, the FDA said. That might include disposal in a "securely lidded garbage can."
Among the retailers that carry the recalled treats are Target, Petco, Sam's Club and Costco, the FDA said. See a list of products and retailers at http://www.fda.gov/newsevents/newsroom/pressannouncements/ucm340513.htm
Previously, Kasel had issued recalls for specific treats made during this time period, the FDA said.