PetSmart Recalls More Pet Carousel Pet Treat Products for Potential Salmonella Contamination; FDA Health Alert

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PetSmart is recalling the following Pet Carousel products for potential Salmonella contamination.

1611247Dentley's Bulk Cattle Hoof73725703323
1611410Pet's Carousel CHOO-HOOVES Dog Chews three-pack3465184103
1611993Pet's Carousel CHOO-HOOVES Stuffed with Bacon3465190058
1611994Pet's Carousel CHOO-HOOVES Stuffed with Peanut Butter3465190056
1813131Products Carousel CHOO-HOOVE ROPER TWO-HOOVES3465117005
1815505Products Carousel ROPER BONE BUDDY3465190002
5019015Dentley's 10-pack BEEF HOOVES73725736055
5042275Pet Carousel 5 LB COW HOOVES34651150609
5042277Pet Carousel 5 LB. SMOKIES - HOOVES34651140556
5042278Pet Carousel 60 PIECES SMOKED HOOVES3465112122
5042279Pet Carousel Three-pack SMOKED HOOVES3465114003
5080721Pet Carousel BEEF BONES WITH ROPE TOY3465117055
5084141Pet Carousel KNUCLE STEAKS 2-PAK3465190046
5147942Pet Carousel WHITE BONE ROPE3465117065

FDA Issues Health Alert for Doggie Delight and Pet Carousel Pig Ears and Beef Hooves

The FDA issued a health alert warning consumers not to use pig ears and beef hooves pet treats manufactured by Pet Carousel because the products may be contaminated with Salmonella. The products were distributed nationwide in both bulk and retail packaging for sale in pet food and retail chain stores.

The products were manufactured under conditions that facilitate cross-contamination within batches or lots. Although no illnesses associated with these products have been reported, the FDA is advising consumers in possession of these products to not handle or feed them to their pets.

The affected pig ear products were packaged under the brand names Doggie Delight and Pet Carousel. The affected beef hooves were 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 are included in this alert.

During September 2009, the FDA conducted routine testing of pig ears made by Pet Carousel. The test results detected a positive reading for Salmonella. This prompted an FDA inspection of Pet Carousel’s manufacturing facilities. 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.

Salmonellosis

Salmonellosis is an infection with bacteria called Salmonella. Most persons infected with Salmonella develop diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after infection. The illness usually lasts four to seven days, and most persons recover without treatment.

However, in some individuals, the diarrhea may be so severe that the patient needs to be hospitalized. In these patients, the Salmonella infection may spread from the intestines to the blood stream, and then to other body sites and can cause death unless the person is treated promptly with antibiotics. The elderly, infants, and those with impaired immune systems are more likely to have a severe illness. Many dogs do not show clinical signs of Salmonella. However, when they do, they often have diarrhea or other signs of systemic infections. Read more about Salmonella in dogs.

Customers who purchased the recalled products should discontinue use immediately and return the product to any PetSmart store for a complete refund or exchange. Customers who have concerns about their health or their pet's health should consult a medical professional.

Published: November 10, 2009;    Updated: November 10, 2009

Filed Under: Recalls Warnings

Sources: PetSmart news release, FDA news release

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