February 11, 2015 — Pet International of Miami, Florida is recalling 1500 units of its 6″ Beef Trachea Pet Treat because it may be contaminated with Salmonella.
What’s Being Recalled?
The potentially affected product will pertain to a particular lot number, and are specific to a particular size of the pouch it’s sold in. Anyone having these products should verify the following:
- Buster’s Natural Pet Supply Beef Trachea Treat
- Lot Code: 8501450
- Size: 6″ Beef Trachea / 12 Pack Plastic Pouch
- UPC Code: 8501450
No illnesses have been reported to date. The company is still warning consumers that if any of the above information is on the package you have, do not feed it to any animals.
It may be hazardous and should be disposed of immediately.
Where Was It Distributed?
The affected product was distributed to retail stores in the following Colorado Cities: Conifer and Lakewood.
What Caused This Recall?
The recall was as the result of a routine sampling program by the Colorado Department of Agriculture and analyzed by FDA, obtained from Buster’s Natural Pet Supply in Conifer, CO. and found to be positive for Salmonella.
The sampled product had a Buster’s label but was manufactured by Pet International.
Buster’s Natural Pet Supply recalled the entire product from the two stores that the distributor sells it. Pet International Inc. continues their investigation as to what caused the problem.
Salmonella can affect animals (i.e. dogs) eating the products and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products or any surfaces exposed to these products.
Healthy people infected with Salmonella should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever.
Rarely, Salmonella can result in more serious ailments, including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms.
Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product should contact their healthcare providers. Dogs with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting.
Some pets (like dogs) will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain.
Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans.
If your dog has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.
What to Do?
If you have this product, use gloves and put in a double bag and throw it away as soon as possible.
Do not touch the product in any way. However, if you do, it’s recommended to wash your hands immediately with an antibacterial soap.
Consumers who have purchased 6″ Beef Trachea with Buster’s Natural Pet Supply Label on it and are wishing to be refunded because of the recall, can take the product back to where it was purchased (with receipt).
A special form will be provided to be filled out as well. Both the form and the receipt are needed for the refund.
Consumers with any questions about the recall product may contact the company by phone at 305-591-3338 Monday through Friday 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM EST or via e-mail at email@example.com.
U.S. citizens can report complaints about FDA-regulated pet food products by calling the consumer complaint coordinator in your area.
Or go to http://www.fda.gov/petfoodcomplaints.
Canadians can report any health or safety incidents related to the use of this product by filling out the Consumer Product Incident Report Form.