Dog treat manufacturer Kasel Associated Industries has issued a recall of several popular brands over fears of salmonella contamination that can sicken dogs and humans.
The Denver-based company is voluntarily recalling all of its products that were distributed nationwide through various retailers from April 20th to September 19th. The recalls include the brands: Boots & Barkley, BIXBI, Nature's Deli, Colorado Naturals, Petco, and Best Bully Stick items.
The recall was announced Feb. 19 on the Food and Drug Administration's website. The treats can put humans at risk if they have not washed their hands thoroughly after handling the products or if they touched contaminated surfaces.
Salmonella bacteria can cause the disease salmonellosis, which could cause symptoms in humans such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea (sometimes bloody), abdominal cramping and fever within 12 to 72 hours of contamination. In rare situations, it can lead to more serious problems like arterial infections, endocarditis (an inflammation of the heart's inner linings), arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, urinary tract symptoms and diarrhea so severe that hospitalization is required.
Dogs can get sick by eating the treats. Symptoms of salmonella in pets include diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Some pets may only show decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Some seemingly healthy pets may be carriers and infect other humans or animals.
Kasel Industries has not received any reports of illnesses to date in connection with the recalled products.
Consumers who have purchased any of the affected products are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Those with questions may contact Kasel Industries at 800-218-4417 Monday thru Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. MDT.
Boots & Barkley Beef Bully Sticks that were sold at Target stores nationwide from April through September were
A full list of products and recalled lot numbers can be found on the FDA's website.