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PetSmart recalls some Dentley's Beef Hooves

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ATLANTA - Agriculture Commissioner Tommy Irvin is alerting Georgians that a type of dog treat is being recalled because of possible health risk to dogs and people.

PetSmart is recalling two Dentley's Beef Hoof products for potential Salmonella contamination. The products were manufactured by Pet Carousel, Inc. in Sanger, Calif. 

The recalled products include only the following types of Dentley's Beef Hooves purchased between Oct. 2, 2009 and Nov. 3, 2009:

Dentley's Bulk Cattle Hoof UPC# 73725703323
Dentley's 10 Pack Beef Hooves UPC# 73725736055

No other products are included in this recall.

The affected products were shipped from the Pet Carousel plant to three PetSmart distribution centers in Ottawa, Ill.; Groveport, Ohio and Newnan, Ga.; and then shipped directly to certain PetSmart stores. 

Although the affected product was not shipped to every store, as a precautionary measure PetSmart immediately recalled the product from all of its U.S. stores and instituted a register block to prevent any product from being inadvertently scanned and sold.

In addition, PetSmart removed the product from sale from its website and notified PetPerks customers with valid e-mail addresses in the PetSmart database who purchased the affected products.

Salmonellosis is an infection with Salmonella bacteria. 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.

Customers who purchased the recalled products should discontinue use immediately and return them 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. 

For additional information about the recall, customers can visit www.petsmartfacts.com, www.fda.gov or contact PetSmart Customer Service at 1-888-839-9638.


FDA issues alert on Pet Carousel treats for possible Salmonella contamination

Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Tommy Irvin is notifying consumers of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration health alert warning against using Pig Ears and Beef Hooves pet treats manufactured by Pet Carousel under several brand names 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. Pet Carousel is based in Sanger, Calif.

Earlier, PetSmart had recalled two of the Pet Carousel products purchased between Oct. 2, 2009 and Nov. 3, 2009.

The FDA alert includes pig ear products packaged under the brand names Doggie Delight and Pet Carousel.  The affected beef hooves products were packaged under the brand names Choo Hooves, Dentley's, Doggie Delight and Pet Carousel.  All sizes and lots of these products made by Pet Carousel are included in the alert.

During an inspection of Pet Carousel manufacturing facilities, FDA found Salmonella in pig ears, beef hooves and the environment.

Salmonella can affect both humans and animals.  People handling dry pet food and/or pet treats can become infected with Salmonella, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the treats or any surfaces exposed to these products.

The FDA health alert advises consumers not to handle or feed the treats to their pets and to dispose of them in a safe manner by securing them in a covered trash receptacle.

Consumers with health concerns should contact a health care provider immediately.  Those with health concerns about their pets should contact a veterinarian immediately.

Consumers can report complaints about FDA-regulated pet food and pet treat products by calling the consumer complaint coordinator in their area.  You can locate the nearest consumer complaint coordinator at

www.fda.gov/Safety/ReportaProblem/ConsumerComplaintCoordinators/default.htm

Source: Georgia Department of Agriculture

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