Nature’s Deli Chicken Jerky Dog Treats Warning Expands


December 6, 2012 – The Food and Drug Administration is warning pet owners and caretakers not to feed their animals certain lots of Nature’s Deli Chicken Jerky Dog Treats because they may be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria.

Photo Image of Nature's Deli Chicken Jerky Dog TreatsThe affected products include packages with a lot code of BESTBY061913DEN.

Today’s FDA warning is an expansion of the recall posted by The Dog Food Advisor in early October.

The treats are made and distributed in the U. S. by Kasel Associates Industries Inc. and were sold at Costco stores in the Denver, Colorado area.

Although Kasel has declined to perform a voluntary recall at this time, Costco is working with FDA and has removed all of the affected products from its shelves.

The company will also contact customers who may have purchased the product to provide additional instructions.

What’s Being Recalled?

The product is sold in 3 pound packages labeled as Nature’s Deli Chicken Jerky Dog Treats. The package also includes a digital photo of a dog on the front panel and transparent sections to view the product within.

The lot code can be found on the reverse side of the package in the transparent section following the phrase “All American Dog.”

Why the Product Is Being Recalled

In September 2012, a retail sample of a Kasel dog treat product was tested by the Colorado Department of Agriculture and found to be positive for Salmonella.

An FDA follow-up inspection at the firm found certain finished dog treat products and 34 out of 72 environmental samples positive for Salmonella.

On October 2, 2012, the company recalled one lot of its Nature’s Deli Chicken Jerky Dog Treats. However that recall did not extend to the lot code covered by this warning.

In November 2012, a retail sample of Nature’s Deli Chicken Jerky Dog Treats taken by the Colorado Department of Agriculture tested positive for Salmonella.

These treats are manufactured in the United States and are not associated with FDA’s investigation in reports of illnesses in dogs associated with consumption of chicken jerky treats.

FDA has not received any reports of illnesses associated with these treats.

According to the FDA…

Pets with Salmonella infections may become lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever and vomiting. Some pets may experience only a 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 any of the affected product or is experiencing any of these symptoms, contact your veterinarian immediately.

As with humans, dogs who are elderly, very young or have impaired immune systems are more vulnerable to Salmonella infection.

What to Do

Consumers should dispose of these products in ways that people and animals, including wild animals, cannot access them, such as placing them in a securely lidded garbage can.

You can report complaints about FDA-regulated pet food products by calling the consumer complaint coordinator in your area.

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  • Spirit


    Yesterday wife bought “Top Chews” ‘100% Natural Dog Treats’ Chicken Jerky Fillets at Costco.

    She fed one to our dog and within an hour she became listless and weak. Overnight we thought she might die. She already has health issues, so we weren’t sure, but this morning she perked up.

    We blame this on the Chicken Jerky (allegedly ‘sourced and made in the USA’).

    Just be careful and cautious.

    We have had NO problems with the Costco Steak Strips treats.

  • Marym

    no, it’s true.

  • mike

    I love seeing comments on here… Everyone freaks out that a domestic company had a salmonella recall – guess what? Your fridge has more salmonella in it than those treats did – and I highly doubt anyones pet got sick from salmonella. The FDA does this kind of thing to show that they are tough on pet food, while still allowing Chinese food to come in unregulated. Now, we are also going to get it in our own food:

  • CK

    My dog has also been vomiting after eating these TOP CHEWS chicken jerky fillets. 🙁 I bought them at the same place, Costco. Just threw out the bag and am going to stick to milkbones. Poor guy!

  • Hugh J

    “don’t you think that’s a bit racist of you to say?”

    You need to learn to the distinction between nationality, culture and race.

    There is no Chinese ‘race’

  • delta

    don’t you think that’s a bit racist of you to say?

  • Amanda

    My poor dog has been vomiting for the last two days after eating TOP CHEWS Chicken Jerky Fillets. He’s an old fella and pretty much eats what the family eats for dinner. With the exception of what we gave to him as a treat in the AM. I would highly suggest that you DO NOT feed this or any brand that has chicken in it to your dearly loved pet. These were made in America and my dog still got sick! Please BEWARE! I bought mine at COSTCO. Lot number 1143INDO701. Thanks

  • Elizabeth C

    I am not sure about this product “Top Chews Chicken Jerky Fillets” made in USA. My dog starting gagging after I am feeding him for a week. I just stopped feeding him and taking him to the Vet today.

  • arlene

    These are made in the USA. I bought a bag from Sams Club not knowing they were recalled. So my dogs ate them all. Since they loved them so much and I couldn’t find them again while at Sams Club the other day, I got online to look them up and found this site. My question is, why were they on Sams shelves in February 2013 when they recalled already from Costco shelves? Were the ones from Sams a different batch and considered safe? …..I just now realized that my dogs had some diarrhea with the treats. I thought at the time that they just had the runs because it was something different than they normally get. Thank God my dogs are okay.

  • John

    Had bad experience with Treats made in China but these are made in USA, I believe the bag I have says 112713 DEN on the date code, MADE IN USA !!! They go back to Costco, unopened.

  • ChristinaG

    I agree that dog food from China should be avoided, but the sad part is that this treat is made in the USA!

  • Baylee828

    I lost my dog in October 2011 from the chicken jerky treats made by wagon train. I threw all those bags away. I have been using this brand for my two dogs and haven’t had any problem (knock on wood). But I am really glad Costco has pulled them off the shelves. I purchased mine at SAMs club. Has anything been said about the new stock? Mine are later than the 0613 date so I hOpe they are ok.

  • losul

    it might be one of those things where the benefits exceed the risks…….in small amounts.

  • Rockwellmark

    garlic is not good at all! for dogs……

  • losul

    Patti, I think i knew what you meant already, I just didn’t want people to think their dog is immune to it just because they think it is healthy, and you pretty much said that anyway. MY point is though that even a truly healthy dog is still very much at risk if exposed to large enough numbers of the bacteria at once.

    Even in HEALTHY adult humans, the bacteria usually has to be ingested in relatively large numbers to cause disease.

    But when they do cause disease, it CAN be very serious.

  • Pattyvaughn

    Yes, losul

    I actually agree with you.  It depends on a couple of things.  Like for instance, some would not consider it an infection if the dog does not display symptoms, but I would consider that infected.  It is just unusual enough for a dog to show symptoms that a dog that IS symptomatic should be looked at to find what else is wrong with it.  A huge part of the immune response is in the gut and if the gut is not doing it’s proper job, then that should be recognized as the dog having something wrong with it.  That is an immune compromise.  There are exceptions, I’m sure, but they would be so few and far between as to be negligible.

  • losul

    Sorry Patty, I have to disagree. A healthy dog CAN get salmonella infected, although it is less likely to cause as many problems.

  • losul

    If you have been feeding raw poultry, chances are very good that you’re dogs have been exposed to at least small amounts of Salmonella fairly regularly, even if they’ve never shown any clinical signs, and it’s even possible that they might carry it and sometimes shed salmonella. Also, If you are feeding your dog other raw meats, chances are that they are exposed regularly to various coiliforms and other pathogens, such as various e coli strains. 

    A high dose of Salmonella, especially in a comprimised dog, or one that has had no limited exposure to it prior, or even one that has, can carry bad or even deadly consequences.

    I feed my dog raw, but lets get real, O.K.?

  • Pattyvaughn

    While it is true that a healthy dog won’t get salmonella, a lot of dogs are not as healthy as their owners think they are, and they can get salmonella.  By your reasoning bubonic plague doesn’t exist either because you have not gotten it.

    The very fact that you feed raw helps keep your dogs immune system healthy and able to resist salmonella, and it might give the same boost to your’s, if you’re not practicing adequate hygeine.  But dogs that are fed the same dry dog food day in, day out don’t have that advantage, especially puppies and seniors.

  • Tera Procunier

    I really don’t think that these dog foods and treats are causing salmonella outbreaks. Sorry to say, but I feed my dogs raw meat, bone and all, and NOT ONCE have they contracted salmonella nor will they ever. I handle it daily and not once have I contracted salmonella. They even give me kisses afterward. I’m sorry, but I think it’s a crock.

  • Karenstewart99

    Milk thistle does help with liver problems. My cat took it and it extended his life. I did find that a lot of vets were unaware   of how amazing milk thistle is. Prayers for Billy.

  • InkedMarie

    oh no, I’m so sorry to hear this. I hope he will be ok. Keep us posted Kellie.

  • MariP

    Hi Kellie – milk thistle is very effective in treating liver problems.  Animals Apawthecary sells one formulated specifically for dogs.  If you do a general google search on milk thistle for dogs you will find a lot of good information.  Best of luck to you and Billy.

  • Pattyvaughn

    I’m sorry to hear about Billy.  I hope everything turns out all right.

  • Kellie

    My dog Billy is right now at the vet with Acute liver damage from Suspected jerky sold by Milo’s Kitchen made in China. Has vomiting, bloody diarrhea, dehydration and acute liver damage.

  • Lgronvall

    Never never never never never never never never never never never never never never never never never never ever ever ever ever ever ever EVER buy dog food or treats from China. They will use any poison they can and put in dog food.

  • Carl Witcombe

    Excellent info and learning something new everyday… DogSiteWorld Store

  • Mimi Cat

    Did u read? This affected product was made and distributed in the US!! What is that China talk about?

  • Edelundberg

    My dog just loves yam jerky which I make at home.  Much cheaper and safer than store purchased and you know exactly what you are getting. 

  • Terisse

    Thanks Karen, I personally am a fresh garlic fiend for my own & family’s personal use LOL.  I used to put garlic powder into my previous dog’s food for added flavor and yes, my GSD Loved it!  But I read on line, some pet shows on TV & heard some Vet say not to give dogs garlic at all because it’s toxic for them.  So what’s the Vet talking about? Whole or Powdered Garlic? I don’t remember, think maybe both, I dunno. …Hummm  What’s garlic supposed to do a dog anyway, how’s it toxic?  I forgot!

  • Pattyvaughn

    That is something that they have done right with computer tracking.

  • Weshould NEVER ever buy anything that is made in China ..nothing ! not dog or cat foods, tables , air conditioners, drywall ,automobiles, NOTHING > These people have no conscience and will sell poison just to get it out of the country !!  China ,as a country is one great big crook !!!!!!

  •  I don’t buy ANY dog food from China. Nada, Zippo, Rien, Zero

  • I have also use garlic powder to keep fleas and ticks off my dogs and never had any problems with any pest that usually attacks dogs.  My miniture Poodle lived to be 23 years old My Eskies lived to be 18 and 19 years old.  Whatever anyone says bad about garlic and their pets need to look for other reasons for their dogs illness.

  • i say KUDOS to Costco for taking that extra step to alert their consumers by contacting them

  • Lyndacarter

     OMG I switched to these because they were made in the USA. I guess I will raise and kill my own chickens for my dog treats. This is so frustrating.

  • barleybooboo

    I’m going to try this… thank you!!

  • Karen

    The GARLIC POWDER does NOT contain the tannins that is harmful to our dog.  I put some on all dogs food, I do not have fleas, ticks or mosquitos bothering them during the summer-use it year round, however.  Been using the garlic powder for 8 years and never had a problem with the dogs, in fact they love it.  Flies are the only possible problem. 

  • Terisse

    I never buy my dogs treats from the store, I don’t care what brand it is (I’ve tried a few) because, it tends to give them the runs! I have since learned my lesson.  And thanks Pattyvaughn & Quest for the homemade recipe info! Although Qest, I heard garlic wasn’t good for dogs so I’ll just leave that particular ingredient out (smiles).  

  • Pattyvaughn

    You can do liver that way, you can dry strips of ground beef that way.  Any thinly sliced or shaped meat can be dried low temp in the oven.

  • Costco will take those bad boys back. Period. Hang on to them and next time you’re there, return them. They’ll even pull up your receipt so don’t worry if you don’t have it. Costco is great about their return policy. Heck, I once saw a woman returning a patio set that looked like it had been in her backyard for 10 years. They couldn’t have been nicer about it.

  • Nobleks

    No take it back. They will return it for you.

  • Fort Collins

    Guess I better toss the unopened bag of Nature’s Deli with the best by date of 062513 DEN I purchased at Costco (Broomfield) in Sept. This is a shame. I never buy dog treats made in China and was happy to find this product several years ago made locally in CO. Phooey! Thanks for the homemade chicken jerky recipe Quest.  

  • ValerieNoyes

    Silverking77, if they are made in China you’re taking an awful chance even if you haven’t heard anything specific about that particular brand.  The large plants in China produce for many labels.  It’s not worth the risk.  It is so easy to make your own and you’ll save a ton of money too.

  • lucie

    when will this end!!! Start punishing manufacturers!!!!!!

  • Pattyvaughn

    Costco is only doing what they think will benefit them financially.  They are starting to get a clue that pet owners feel strongly about the safety of their pets.  They must not have learned enough though, if they are taking the risk with those Chinese chicken jerky treats, I certainly wouldn’t.

  • Jarmir1

    Are all ingred. from the USA

  • Silverking77

    We get these- – at Costco in N.C, they come from china but they are the only ones we have heard nothing bad about and our 3 dogs are doing great. Thank god Costco cares some. Are those exspensive out your way?

  • Quest

    If your dog is sick do not give them treats to them. Make your chicken treats its so easy. Get chicken breasts, cut them into length size strips put them on a pan, sprinkle some garlic powder (not a lot) and parsley. Bake on 225 for a couple of hours, until desired crisp. Put in baggies and freeze some. Take out as needed. Safer to make your own. Very easy. Use green wise chicken breasts.

  • Melissaandcrew

    You should contact Costco for that information.

  • Dstatler

    Is this the same as Top Chews Chicken Jerky Fillets made by Tyson Pet Products and sold at Costco stores in California with an almost identical digital dog photo on the front and transparent packaging to view the product?