October 25, 2015 — Salix Animal Health of Deerfield, Florida, is voluntarily expanding its recall of “Good ‘n’ Fun Beefhide Chicken Sticks because the product may be contaminated with Salmonella.
What’s Being Recalled?
The recalled product is packaged in a 2.8 ounce bag stamped on the back side with an item code number of 82247 and with an expiration date ranging from 02/2018- 07/2018.
The UPC code is 0 91093 82247 1 as shown in the table below.
No other product is affected at this time. Customers should look at the item number, and expiration date on the product package to determine if it is subject to the voluntary recall.
What Caused the Recall?
Sampling conducted by the Georgia Department of Agriculture confirmed the presence of Salmonella in an additional lot of this product.
In an abundance of caution, Salix Animal Health is expanding its original recall to include the tested lot and others made around the same time frame.
The recall affects Good ‘n’ Fun Beefhide Chicken Sticks only. No other product is affected by this announcement.
Salmonella can affect animals that eat contaminated products and there is a potential risk to humans if they come in contact with Salmonella from handling contaminated 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 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 of Salmonella and infect other animals or humans.
If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.
Where Were the Products Sold?
The recalled Good ‘n’ Fun Beefhide Chicken Sticks were distributed nationwide to the following retail stores:
- Dollar General
- Dollar Tree
- Family Dollar
What to Do?
Customers who have purchased the product subject to this recall are urged to dispose of the product or return it for full refund.
Salix Animal Health claims they are taking steps to prevent it from occurring in the future.
The company is also working with retailers to ensure that the affected product is removed from inventory and is no longer sold.
If you have these products, please contact Salix Animal Health’s consumer affairs team at 800-338-4896, Monday through Friday between 8:30 AM and 5:00 PM ET for a refund.
Customers with questions may call the consumer affairs team at the number listed above.
Press inquiries are asked to contact Connie Caldwell at 314-683-2460, Monday through Friday 9:00 AM through 6:00 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.