Pet treats recalled because of possible salmonella contamination

Pet treats recalled because of possible salmonella contamination

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Pet treats recalled because of possible salmonella contamination


by SUSAN WYATT / The Pet Dish

Posted on February 25, 2013 at 12:16 PM

Several pet food manufacturers have recalled treats in the last week due to concerns about salmonella contamination.

Kasel Associates Industries Inc.

Kasel has recalled products that were distributed nationwide through various retailers - including Target, Petco, Sam’s Club and Costco - from April 20 to September 19, 2012.

[FDA list of lot numbers included in recall]

Kasel Industries is recalling the following brands:

  • Boots & Barkley
  • Bixbi
  • Nature’s Deli
  • Colorado Naturals
  • Petco
  • Best Bully Stick items

The FDA says the recall comes after the Colorado Department of Agriculture tested a retail sample of a Kasel pet treat product and found it to be positive for Salmonella.

The FDA says 48 out of 87 environmental samples collected during an inspection tested positive for Salmonella. More than 10 different species of Salmonella were found in the firm’s products and manufacturing facility, indicating multiple sources of contamination.

While there are no reports of human illness, the FDA has received some complaints of illness in dogs who were exposed to the treats.

The FDA says "Because of the multiple positive tests for Salmonella, and the production practices and conditions observed at the facility during the inspection, FDA believes that there is a reasonable probability that pet treat products manufactured in the facility from April 20, 2012 through September 19, 2012 are contaminated with Salmonella.

Contact Kasel Associated Industries at (800) 218-4417

The Honest Kitchen

The Honest Kitchen also announced that it is voluntarily recalling five lots of its Verve, Zeal and Thrive pet food products produced between August and November 2012 and sold nationwide in the US and Canada via retail stores, mail order and online after August 2012 because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

[FDA list of lot numbers in Honest Kitchen recall]

For questions or more information, contact The Honest Kitchen by phone at 1-866-437-9729 or email at

Nutri-Vet, LLC

Nutri-Vet, LLC. of Boise, ID is also recalling its Nutri-Vet and NutriPet Chicken Jerky Products because they may be contaminated with Salmonella.

The recalled Chicken Jerky Treats were distributed nationwide through online sales and in retail stores from April 2012 through February 2013 with Best By Dates ranging from April 20, 2014, through October 3, 2014.

[FDA list of lot numbers included in Nutri-Vet recall]

If you have purchased Nutri-Vet and NutriPet Chicken Jerky Products you are urged to stop feeding them to pets and return the product to the place of purchase for a full refund. Contact Nutri-Vet at 1-877-729-8668 for information.

Kaytee Products

Kaytee Products is recalling several bird treats and greens items due to possible contamination of Salmonella from parsley flake ingredients supplied to Kaytee by Specialty Commodities, Inc., an outside supplier to Kaytee.

The recall notification is being issued based on a recall letter dated February 11, 2013 from Specialty Commodities, Inc. The Kaytee products were originally manufactured as early as June 12, 2012.

[FDA list of lot numbers included in Kaytee recall]

Call 1-800-Kaytee1 (800 529-8331) for more information.

Take precautions to protect yourself and your pets

Both people and animals can contract Salmonellosis from handling or eating contaminated products. People handling dry pet treats should thoroughly wash their hands after having contact with the treats as well as any surfaces exposed to these products.

The FDA says if you have any of these products, or are unsure of the manufacturing date of your pet treats, you should dispose of them in ways that people and animals, including wild animals, cannot access them, such as placing them in a securely lidded garbage can.

Healthy people exposed to Salmonella should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomit, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping, and fever.

Pets with Salmonella infections may become lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever and vomiting. Some pets may experience only a 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 any of the affected product or is experiencing any of these symptoms, contact your veterinarian.