Pet Treats Recalled on Salmonella Fears

A California pet food maker has issued a nationwide recall of all varieties of its popular “pig ears” and “cow hooves” dog treats because the products may be contaminated with salmonella, a bacterium that can cause serious illness in animals and people.

Pet Carousel Inc. of Sanger, Calif., announced the recall following two statements from the FDA in November warning that certain dog snacks made by the company might be contaminated with salmonella.

Pet Carousel says the FDA found positive results for salmonella in tests of pig ears and beef hoof products.

The pig ear products, distributed nationwide, were packaged under the brand names Doggie Delight, Pork Tasteez, and Pet Carousel. The beef hooves were packaged under the names Choo Hooves, Dentley’s, Doggie Delight, and Pet Carousel.

The company warns that people can contract salmonella poisoning by handling dry pet food and pet treats, “especially if [people] have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the treats or any surfaces exposed to those products.”

It says healthy people infected with salmonella may experience symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal cramping, fever, and sometimes more serious problems, including arterial infections.

They report that pets with salmonella may become lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, vomiting, fever, decreased appetite, and abdominal pain.

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