Sunday, September 5, 2010

Hartz Mountain Beef Treat Recall

The Hartz Mountain Corporation has issued a voluntary recall of 8-oz bags of Hartz Naturals Real Beef Treats for Dogs with a lot code of BZ0969101E, UPC number of 32700-11519.

The bags have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

If you find that you own one of these bags with the codes above, discard it and call Hartz at 1-800-275-1414 for information on how to obtain a product refund.

Salmonella is a bacteria that can cause severe gastrointestinal disease. It can also affect other organ systems as well. Typical signs associated with Salmonella in pets include but are not limited to: vomiting, diarrhea, diarrhea with blood, lethargy, depression, weakness, loss of appetite, weight loss, fever, and abdominal pain.

Animals that don't show clinical signs can also be carriers of Salmonella and pass it to other pets and humans.

If your pet has any signs or has ingested the product mentioned above, please contact your veterinarian.

Salmonella can also affect humans and there is a risk if you or someone you know has come in contact with pet food, treats or supplements contaminated with Salmonella, this includes dry products. The elderly, children and immunocompromised individuals are most at risk.

To reduce risk of infection, people should wash their hands with hot soapy water after touching pet foods and surfaces pet foods have come in contact with.

The clinical signs for humans are similar as in pets. If you or anyone you know is showing clinical signs after coming in contact with this product, contact your health care provider.

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