December 24, 2014 — Barkworthies of Richmond, VA is recalling select lots of Barkworthies Chicken Vittles dog chews because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.
The product was distributed nationwide beginning May 6, 2014 and can be identified by its Lot Code found on the side of the plastic pouch.
Barkworthies Chicken Vittles
Lot Code: 1254T1
Size: 16 oz. Plastic Pouch
Best Used by Date: May 2016
What Caused This Recall?
The recall was initiated after routine testing by the Colorado Department of Agriculture revealed the presence of Salmonella
in a single lot of the product.
This batch tested negative by a third party independent laboratory prior to release for distribution to consumers.
No additional products are affected by this recall.
The company has received no reports of illness in either people or animals associated with these products to date.
Salmonella can affect animals 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:
- Diarrhea or bloody diarrhea
- Abdominal cramping
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.
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.
If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, be sure to contact your veterinarian.
What to Do?
The recalled product should not be sold or fed to pets.
For a full refund, pet owners should return all unused product to their place of purchase along with a completed Product Recall Claim Form available on the Barkworthies website.
Additional information regarding the recall can also be found on the company’s website — or call toll free 877-993-4257 Monday thru Friday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm ET.
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.
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