One lot of Merrick “Doggie Wishbone” dog treats — 248 cases — have been recalled due to Salmonella contamination. The dangerous bacteria were detected during a routine FDA inspection.
No other Merrick Pet Care products are included in the recall.
Salmonella can infect pets, and can also infect humans who handle the contaminated pet products.
Pets with Salmonella food poisoning tend to be lethargic and feverish. They may develop diarrhea — sometimes bloody diarrhea — and or vomiting. Pets with only mild Salmonella infecftions may simply have decreased appetite, fever, and abdominal pain.
Pets who have consumed the recalled product, and who have any of these symptoms, should immediately be taken to a veterinarian.
The potentially contaminated treats were shipped to distributors in 10 states, which then shipped the products to retailers and other distributors throughout the U.S.
No illnesses, either in humans or in pets, have been reported so far.
The recalled product is: Doggie Wishbone pet treat (ITEM # 2280829050, Lot 11031 Best By 30 Jan 2013).
Recalled products may be returned to the point of purchase for a refund. Customers with questions may call Merrick from 8am to 5pm Central time, Monday through Friday, at 800-664-7387.
Merrick’s news release appears on the FDA’s website.