The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning that pet caretakers not feed Nature’s Deli Chicken Jerky Dog Treats with lot code BESTBY061913DEN due to the possibility that the treats may be contaminated with Salmonella.
Kasel Associated Industries, the manufacturer and distributor, has declined to perform an official recall at this time even though a retail sample of this lot tested positive for Salmonella, according to testing done by the Colorado Department of Agriculture in November 2012. The treats were only sold at Denver, Colorado area Costco locations, according to the FDA warning.
In September 2012, a retail sample of a Kasel dog treat product tested by the Colorado Department of Agriculture was found to be positive for Salmonella. An FDA follow-up inspection found that 34 out of 72 certain finished dog treat products and environmental samples tested positive for Salmonella.
On October 2, 2012, the company recalled one lot of their Nature’s Deli Chicken Jerky Dog Treats. However, that recall did not extend to the lot code covered by this FDA warning.
Even though no official recall has been announced, Costco is working with the FDA to remove all of the affected products from its shelves. The company will also contact customers who may have purchased the product to provide additional instructions.
The product is sold in 3.0 lb. packages labeled as Nature’s Deli Chicken Jerky Dog Treats. The product is packaged in flexible plastic which is yellow, blue, green and red, with black and white print writing. The packaging also has a digital photo of a dog on the front panel, and transparent sections to view the product inside. Lot code BESTBY061913DEN is located on the reverse side of the packaging in the transparent section immediately following the term “All American Dog.”
The FDA has not received any reports of illnesses associated with these treats. However, People handling any product contaminated with Salmonella may potentially become infected, so it’s important to thoroughly wash your hands and all surfaces that have come into contact with the pet treats.
Salmonella is an organism that can cause serious and potentially fatal infections in people and animals. Small children, the elderly and those with compromised immune systems are at particular risk. The symptoms of Salmonella in humans include nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps, diarrhea, fever, and headache. Rarely, Salmonella can result in more serious ailments including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms. People who are experiencing the symptoms of Salmonella infection after having handled the dog treats should seek medical attention.
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 product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian immediately.
Consumers are advised to discontinue feeding the treats and should dispose of them by placing in a securely covered garbage can or in such a way that wild animals and stray animals cannot obtain access to them.