Nutri-Vet Recalls Chicken Jerky Dog Treats


February 20, 2013 – According to an FDA bulletin, Nutri-Vet, LLC. of Boise, Idaho, is voluntarily recalling its Nutri-Vet and NutriPet Chicken Jerky treats products because they may be contaminated with Salmonella.
Nutri-Vet Chicken Jerky Dog Treats

Salmonella can sicken animals that eat these products.

Humans are at risk for Salmonella poisoning from handling contaminated pet products, especially if they have not washed their hands thoroughly enough after having contact with affected items.

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
  • 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.

What’s Being Recalled?

Nutri-Vet is recalling the lot numbers below because the producer of an ingredient used in the products below informed the company of the possibility of the presence of Salmonella at the manufacturing facility.

According to the report, no positive test results have been found on Nutri-Vet or NutriPet products to date.

The recalled Chicken Jerky Treats were distributed nationwide through online sales and in retail stores from April 2012 through February 2013 with Best By Dates ranging from April 20, 2014, through October 3, 2014.

The product comes in a clear plastic bag containing Chicken Jerky Treats as described below:

Nutri-Vet Chicken Jerky Dog Treats Recall

The U.S. based supplier has ceased the production and distribution of the ingredient supplied to Nutri-Vet. The FDA and the manufacturer continue their investigation into the source of the contamination.

No other products made by Nutri-Vet are included in the recall.

What to Do?

Consumers who have purchased Nutri-Vet and NutriPet Chicken Jerky Products are urged to stop feeding them to pets and return the product to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact Nutri-Vet at (877) 729-8668 Monday thru Friday from 7am to 5pm MDT.

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

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  • If you can’t find a chicken treat that is not only good for your dog, but that your dog likes, or a treat with some other ingredient, then you’re not looking hard enough. Hell, you don’t have to look that hard at all.

  • Pattyvaughn

    Look, I don’t feed my dogs or family anything from China, if I can help it. I try not to buy anything from China. I’ve heard recently that their military is hacking our computer controlled infrastructure such as traffic control, water plants, power plants, etc. As far as I’m concerned, these are acts of war. I don’t like what the Chinese government is doing. period. But that doesn’t make every dog food woe belong to them, we have enough problems of our own with our unregulated system, without looking for China to be the source of every problem. Salmonella is not a Chinese problem, it’s a filth problem.

  • Here’s a suggestion: MAKE YOUR OWN! Thats what I do. Its cheaper, much cheaper. Dehydrators are great!

  • I make all food and treats for my furry family. I no longer “trust” most companies!!!! Making it all myself is also cheaper!!

  • They all do. Whether they plaster Made in the USA stickers on it or not. Might as well get a reputable distributor that has something to lose if they are bad. One that TESTS them itself before distributing them. That’s what I am doing with DrsFosterSmith.

  • Me too, Shirley. Makes my doggies SO HAPPY in the morning.

  • Bryan-no other treat can compare to a dog than chicken chews. My FOUR dogs LOVE them. Biscuits or other chewy fake beef is no runner up to these.

    I used to buy Kingdom Pets chews from Costco until they took them off the shelves for good. I then bought Made in the USA chews with that all over the bag only to go to their website and find out “some” come from China. I felt like I had been duped. All those Made in the USA stickers on the bag means NOTHING. I just ordered chews from Drs. Foster and Smith and they admit to them coming from China but test them regularly both in the factories over in China and then here in their warehouse. My dogs LOVE them. At least I know they are from China but are being tested by a really reputable company. Drs Foster Smith has been around for 40 years and they are very respected.

  • But did the ingredients come from China?

  • SheNemo

    Took about $50.00 worth of them back to Walmart last week, and now, whatever my son got, that they said was safe, we put in a big dog treat canister, so now, I don’t know the brands, will have to start keeping the package from now on!

  • I find it odd that you rally for US only products, then turn around and ask what the FDA (a US-run agency) is doing.

    And there are plenty of good commercial treats available. But like everything else in life, you have to wade through the crap in order to find them. I don’t think it’s the government’s, or anybody else’s, job to do the research for owners/parents (and yes… that includes parents of human kids too).

  • Pattyvaughn

    This is from the US.

  • Marie

    Companies make treats in other countries (or source the ingredients in other countries) because people aren’t willing to pay more. The only thing companies listen to are consumers, and if the consumer isn’t willing to pay $10 for a 6 ounce bag of USA made chicken jerky, then it’s not going to happen. *shrug*

  • Why not get another treat?

    I don’t understand why people (you’re not alone) insist on waiting things like this out. I mean… maybe this is a sign that you should get something better.

  • lisak

    I just don’t
    understand why we don’t stop making Chicken Jerky or in that matter stop using Chicken
    made from a different country. Let’s like keep it in the USA..I am not just
    talking about manufactured in the USA. I mean everything about it made and
    manufactured in the USA. It is getting so bad that every week and sometime
    daily I am getting recalls on Dog treats that have something to do with
    Chicken. Where is the FDA? Are they checking into all these recalls? I am sure
    this will never end. So what I have done is I don’t buy any chicken products
    for my dogs. I buy chicken breast in the store and cook it in my crock pot all
    day and then feed it to my dogs or I put it in my dehydrator and make my own
    treats. Maybe when all the animal lovers stop buying treats and start making
    their own then they will have to do something different to sell their products,
    so maybe they will care if they are selling safe products and keeping their
    production area clean and free of germs. We all who have pets call them family
    but I often wonder if the companies putting these products out for our pets are
    just in it for the money. I have spoken to people who deliver to these
    warehouses and they tell me how dirty they are. Just saying I don’t think that
    they are inspected regularly. I once bought a bag of bird food and I found a
    dead mouse in it and all the manufacture wanted to do is replace the food. Like
    you want another bag of food for your animals to be contaminated again. We need
    to stand up for our pets since they can’t speak out for themselves.

  • Shirley Whitney

    I’m hoping, and so are my dogs, that these recalls of chicken jerky treats is soon over and they’re back on the shelves. My dogs have enjoyed them for years and they are missing them! Will you let us know when they’re back???