A new dog treat recall has hit the nation for potential salmonella contaminated chicken jerky treats. PetMD reported the recall Monday December 29, 2014 for the Barkworthies Chicken Vittles dog chews, after contaminated samples were discovered by the Colorado Department of Agriculture.
Barkworthies has claimed that no reports of illness have been received so far, and that the recall is voluntary and preventative. The Barkworthies product affected by the recall is the chicken vittles dog chews which were distributed nationwide. Although the recall notice is not displayed in the main area of the company’s website, notifications can be found on twitter @barkworthies, with a link to the dog treat refund/recall claim form here.
BARKWORTHIES CHICKEN VITTLES
Lot Code: 1254T1
Size: 16 oz. Plastic Pouch
Best Used by Date: May 2016
Salmonella can be serious, affecting both humans and pets. A human may contract salmonella from a contaminated product by touching it and then touching something else that would be ingested by themselves. According to PetMD, “Those thought at risk of being infected with Salmonella should monitor for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. Salmonella can result in more serious ailments including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation and urinary tract symptoms. Pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Some pets will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans.” Most salmonella poisoning gets better in 4-7 days without treatment, but caution needs to be taken against potential dehydration from vomiting and diarrhea.
Although this recall has not (at least yet) been listed on the FDA website, they have reported 19 pet food and treat recalls total in 2014. The FDA states, “Recalls – of which there are three types – are actions taken by a firm to remove a product from the market. Recalls may be conducted on a firm’s own initiative, by FDA request, or by FDA order under statutory authority.” So not all pet food and treat recalls are listed on their site, despite the already scary numbers.
If you believe you or your pet has been affected by this or any other hazardous product, please contact your doctor and/or veterinarian immediately. Barkworthies has also offered a hotline for more information on the recall which you can call toll free (877) 993-4257 Monday through Friday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (EST).