November 9, 2009
Pet Carousel pig ears, beef hooves under recall
Products sold by PetSmart and other outlets
By: Jennifer Fiala
For The VIN News Service
All pig ear and beef hoof products manufactured by Pet Carousel have
been recalled because the products may be contaminated with Salmonella
The affected pig ears are packaged under the brand
names Doggie Delight and Pet Carousel. The affected beef hooves are
packaged under the brand names Choo Hooves, Dentley’s, Doggie Delight
and Pet Carousel. All sizes and all lots of these products made by Pet
Carousel in Sanger, Calif., are the subject of a health alert by the
U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
The FDA is warning consumers not to touch these pet treats or feed them to their pets.
potential contamination was discovered during routine testing by the
FDA of Pet Carousel’s pig ears. The results were positive for
The finding led the FDA to inspect Pet Carousel’s
manufacturing plant, according to the health alert. “During the
inspection, the agency collected additional pet treat samples. Further
analysis found Salmonella present in beef hooves, pig ears and in the
manufacturing environment,” the agency reported.
exclusively carries the Dentley’s brand, separately issued a recall
notice for Dentley’s Bulk Cattle Hoof UPC #73725703323 and Dentley’s 10
Pack Beef Hooves UPC #73725736055. The company stated that the affected
products would have been purchased between Oct. 2 and Nov. 3.
to the company notice, the affected products were shipped from the Pet
Carousel plant to three PetSmart distribution centers in Ottawa, Ill.,
Groveport, Ohio, and Newnan, Ga., then shipped directly to certain
PetSmart stores. The affected product was not shipped to every store,
but as a precaution, PetSmart recalled the items from all of its U.S.
stores and placed a register block to prevent product from being
PetSmart advises anyone who purchased the
recalled products from its stores to return the items for a complete
refund or exchange.
No illnesses have been reported in association with the products, according to the FDA alert, issued Thursday.
the agency is urging anyone whose pets have consumed any of the
recalled products to contact their veterinarians immediately. Pets
infected with Salmonella may become lethargic, have diarrhea (with or
without blood), vomiting, abdominal pain and fever, or simply lose
their appetite. Infected pets, even if otherwise healthy, may still be
contagious to other animals and humans.
In addition, people
handling contaminated pet foods and treats can become infected,
especially if they do not thoroughly wash their hands or surfaces that
have come in contact with the affected products.
Salmonella infection in people include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea (with
or without blood), abdominal cramping and fever. On rare occasions,
salmonellosis may result in serious illnesses, including arterial
infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation and
urinary tract problems.
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