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Dog Treats Sold At Target Stores Recalled Due To Salmonella Risk

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DETROIT (WWJ) - Dog treats sold at Target stores in Michigan and nationwide are being recalled because they could be contaminated with Salmonella.

Denver-based Kasel Associated Industries is voluntarily recalling its Boots & Barkley Roasted American Pig Ears, and Boots & Barkley American Variety Pack Dog Treats products.

The recalled Roasted Pig Ears and Variety Pack Dog Treats were distributed nationwide through Target retail stores in August 2012.

The Roasted Pig Ears product comes in a clear plastic bag containing 12 pig ears marked with UPC bar code 647263899158. The Variety Pack product also comes in a clear plastic bag, weighing 32 oz, marked with UPC bar code 490830400086.

Kasel Industries is recalling lot number BESTBY 13SEP2014DEN for both products because this lot code tested positive for the Salmonella bacteria through analysis by the Colorado Department Of Agriculture.

No illnesses have been reported to date in animals or humans in connection with these products.

Salmonella can sicken animals that eat these products and humans are at risk for salmonella poisoning from handling contaminated pet products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the pet products or any 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. Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has any of these signs, contact your veterinarian.

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 symptoms after having contact with this product should contact their healthcare providers.

This is the second recall in less than a month involving the company’s dog treats.

In September, Kasel recalled its Boots & Barkley American Beef Bully Sticks from Target stores nationwide because of Salmonella contamination. The product comes in a clear plastic bag containing 6 bully sticks marked with bar code number 647263899189. The company recalled all lot numbers of the product because they all tested positive for Salmonella: BESTBY20APR2014DEN, BESTBY01JUN2014DEN, BESTBY23JUN2014DEN, and BESTBY23SEP2014DEN.

Consumers who have purchased any of the recalled products are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. For more information, contact Kasel Associated Industries at 800-218-4417.

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