Bully Sticks Recall

According to the Food and Drug Administration, Kasel Associated Industries of Denver, CO. is recalling their Boots & Barkley American Beef Bully Sticks, after finished product was tested in Colorado because of contamination with salmonella.

The product was distributed nationwide through Target stores from April through September 2012.

The product was distributed in a clear plastic bags, containing 6 bully sticks each marked with bar code number 647263899189.

The following lots numbers tested positive for the pathogen when State of Colorado Department of Agriculture officials analyzed them:

  • BESTBY 20APR2014DEN
  • BESTBY 01JUN2014DEN
  • BESTBY 23JUN2014DEN
  • BESTBY 23SEP2014DEN

Because these lots tested positive, it’s important to note that all lot numbers that have the corresponding bar code are being recalled.

Salmonella, also referred to as salmonellosis, causes digestive problems, and dogs will typically present with fever, diarrhea, vomiting and weakness. Other symptoms can occur.

Salmonella is a zoonotic disease, meaning that it can be passed to humans as well, so care needs to be taken. Hand washing is a must — even when handling dry pet food that may be contaminated with the bacteria.

Because there are more than 2,000 strains of salmonella, it’s the most common cause behind pet product recalls. Very young and very old pets are most susceptible to the bacteria and suffer the effects most profoundly. The most common symptoms associated with salmonella are vomiting, diarrhea and fever. Companion animals presenting with symptoms are treated with IV fluids and antibiotics.

That being said, salmonella can affect other animals —  not just the dogs who chew on the pig ears. There is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products. People handling dry pet food and/or treats can become infected with salmonella, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the chew sticks or any surfaces exposed to any contaminated product.

The product can be returned to the store where it was purchased for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-800-218-4417 Monday – Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (MDT).

You can count on AnnArbor.com to have up-to-date information on pet product related recalls available. Click here to search our archives of previous recalls.

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And just so that we’re all clear… Bullysticks are a bull’s penis.  Yup, for real.

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