Boots and Barkley Pig Ears and Dog Treats Recall


October 17, 2012 – Kasel Associated Industries of Denver, CO is voluntarily recalling its Boots and Barkley Roasted American Pig Ears and American Variety Pack Dog Treats product because it may be contaminated with Salmonella.

The event was reported by the FDA in a news release dated October 17, 2012.

According to the FDA bulletin:

Salmonella can sicken animals that eat these products and humans are at risk for salmonella poisoning from handling contaminated pet products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the pet 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 symptoms 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 any of these signs, please contact your veterinarian.

According to the bulletin, the affected Roasted Pig Ears and Variety Pack Dog Treats were distributed nationwide through Target Stores in August 2012.

What Products Are Being Recalled?

The recalled Roasted Pig Ears product comes in a clear plastic bag containing 12 pig ears marked with UPC bar code 647263899158.

The Variety Pack Dog Treats product also comes in a clear plastic bag weighing 32oz and marked with UPC bar code 490830400086.

Kasel Industries is recalling lot number BESTBY 13SEP2014DEN for both products because this lot code tested positive for the Salmonella bacteria through analysis by the Colorado Department Of Agriculture.

No illnesses have been reported to date in animals or humans in connection with this problem.

What to Do?

Consumers are urged to return the recalled product to the place of purchase for a full refund. Those with questions may contact Kasel Associated Industries at 1-800-218-4417 Monday thru Friday from 7am to 5pm MDT.

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  • Crazy4dogs

    That’s good. Hopefully something will be done, but it usually takes a lot of calls before something is done. 🙁

  • Colleen

    I heard about this from elsewhere. I don’t buy rawhide, but got this from a dog forum where a friend posted this from her friend. Actually, the FDA does have numbers that you can call to report safety problems with pet edibles. I sent her the information. Hopefully she’ll get the message and call.

  • Crazy4dogs

    They refuse to remove it without a recall because people buy it. The best thing you can do as a consumer is to NOT BUY IT. If it doesn’t sell, it won’t be on the shelves.
    Whether they are uninformed, unaware, disagree or don’t care people continue to purchase inferior dog foods/treats that are priced “cheap” yet have such inferior products that the sellers are making huge profits.
    Many rawhides are not a good choice to give dogs to chew as they are often highly processed. If you do, it’s best to choose a naturally processed one.

  • ramona smith

    I feel this company should not even be in business.. I don’t think they volentarily recalled their products. Animals have died because of metal fragments and salmonella posioning. What’s the deal with the FDA?

  • Colleen

    And then there’s this:

    Metal fragments were found in the middle of a rawhide bone from Boots & Barkley, yet Target only offered the customer a $10 gift card in lieu of return and refuses to remove it from the shelves.

  • Gian

    Quality pig ears are hard to find. We are a small shop operated by an American veteran. Our pig ears are not greasy as other brands and the dog likes them.

  • Mrcdstew

    No the boots& Barkley chicken jerky is made in CHINA….do not buy anything from CHINA

  • Melissa

    Conkea I’m sorry for your loss.

    Just as an FYI – the Boots and Barkley products are all made in the USA. I was just in Target last night considering buying some but wanted to do some research first.

  • Toxed2loss

    I’m so sorry for your loss. 🙁

  • Conkea

    I just lost my previously VERY healthy springer Spike. One day he was chasing boats around my 200 ft. perimeter lagoon and swimming in the pool several times a day to literally crashing with all the systems tied to salmonella. I rarely gave him those dried chicken treats but had just bought one package. We checked for tick, blood clot, kidney, cancer, lukemia but in the end he had to be put to sleep. He had all his teeth, no grey in his coat and at 12 was a peppy strong dog. I really believe it was the chinese treats, please folks DO NOT ever give thes to your dog.

  • InkedMarie

    I hope you do some research because IF you are just giving them chicken, that is not a proper diet. Also, do not cook the chicken, give it to them raw. 

  • Michellewoodside

     here here!!!!

  • Jacqui21742

     You can’t just feed chicken it’s not a complete meal, do your homework and diligence if you are going to prepare food. It is by far the BEST, but don’t just assume you can feed chicken and the dog is good!
    Dry kibble is by far the worst thing in the world you could feed, it is highly contaminated and you are giving your dog a slow death….

  • Courtney Elizabeth

    Agree! I’d rather have the recall info immediately than worry about finding a pic.

  • Ddhilljl

    you can dehydrate real meats,veggies and fruits for dopgs to and your birds much safer try home cooking that to is safe for pets

  • Marilyn

    I am glad you said it.  Why are there so many recalls?  Don’t these manufacturers check their product before it reaches the shelves.  Every time I buy a dog treat, I am wondering if it will kill my dogs.  They like the chicken breast treats, or duck, and they are very expensive and some of them have been contaminated. If we are going to pay these prices, why are these items not checked before they leave the manufacturer.  My dog food is $53 for 30 lbs.  I can cook them chicken for less, and I usually do.  But they have to have a base of something more than the chicken.  It is sad to pay that much for a pretty bag of food and not know if it is pure. 


  • I no longer give my dog treats like these.  I give my dog raw  carrots, stringbeans, seedless cuccumbers and cheerios. Dog treats are like giving your dog junk food

  • Dawn_viau

     I don’t to buy any dog treats from Target, Walmart, etc. Sap like your post and will try the pumpkin treats. Thanks

  • honu1

    decided to add an image to my posts

  • honu1

    Getting all sorts of good info from this group

  • Nette8

    Two things wrong right off…. Target and pig ears.  Never buy from big box stores.  It’s all about high profit, low quality.  And ears are skin and dense cartilage.  No nutrition whatsoever.  Better choices would be dried organ or bully sticks, esophagus. (Esophagus is a common source of glucosamine/chondroitin.)  Skin doesn’t digest very well and has caused blockage in dogs, probably from too much of the stuff in lieu of play, walks, (just lazy humans.)  Find small local pet supply retailers who care more about their customers than profit margins.  They’re out there more than ever and they keep on top of their sources; big box, grocery, wholesalers, not so much if at all.  On salmonella, it’s more an issue for people than animals and why there are so many recalls.  How have carnivores eaten whole animals, including entrails over the eons and survived?  Cats & mice, dogs & squirrels, etc.  Quit settling for, and buying crap and the supply will dry up.  Get what you pay for and put your money in your pets’ food or spend it at your vet, you pick.

  • Lori

    I think he does post a picture if it is available like Nature Recipe last week.  What would nice is if Target put a notice on their website in the pet section.

  • sap

    My dogs never get store bought treats. It is so easy to whip up some pumpkin dog treats, they love them and I never have to worry.

  • LabsRawesome

     I agree, it would be nice, but don’t hold your breath. Dr. Mike has a full time job. He has done 95% of the work for you already. Now do your part, and google & find a pic on your own. You have a computer, and the ability to use it.

  • Ccworldcup10

    It’s great to see a picture of the actual packaging too (whenever possible).
    CC in norcal

  • The only treats my babies get are fruit and veggies or home made …no grapes, or onions…they love it and I don’t have to worry about them getting sick

  • Klickersnipps

    Glad I don’t buy from Target…

  • Brandy Harris87

    Did you know that Raw fed dogs don’t get sick from Salmonella. So glad I don’t have to watch these food recalls like a hawk.

  • Douglascassan

    Deadly for dogs treats are becoming all too common place. Sign up for the alerts at