Merrick Pet Care, Inc. has announced a voluntary recall of select lots of their Doggie Wishbone pet treats due to possible Salmonella contamination, the FDA announced on Monday. While there have been no reports of illness related to this product, Merrick Pet Care has taken this step as a precaution. There are no other Merrick Pet Care products being recalled at this time.
The product recall affects 248 cases of the single lots, which were shipped out to distributors over ten states - all of whom have been notified and have removed the products from their shelves. The recall includes lots with a "Best by" date of January 30, 2013:
- ITEM #29050; UPC #2280829050; LOT 11031; Best By 30 Jan 2013
Symptoms of Salmonella infection in both humans and animals include abdominal pain, diarrhea, loss of appetite, lethargy and fever. More severe symptoms can include bloody diarrhea, vomiting, headaches, muscle pain, eye pain, arthritis and arterial infection. Human infection acquired from animal food products is typically the result of not washing the hands appropriately after handling the food (i.e., after feeding the pet).
In addition, the infection can be spread to other humans and animals through contact with the infected individual. If you or your pet have been in contact with the recalled product and are exhibiting any of the above symptoms, you should contact your human and/or veterinary health provider immediately.
Contaminated or potentially contaminated products should be disposed of appropriately in a covered trash container, or returned to their point of sale.
Pet owners who have purchased lots of Doggie Wishbone pet treats are being instructed to contact Merrick Pet Care toll-free at (800) 664-7387 for answers to questions and for information on how to get a full refund.