Denver found Kasel Associated Industries voluntarily recalled its American Beef Bully Sticks that were sold at Target stores between April and September. This was done over potential salmonella contamination.
The FDA has cautioned pet owners to be alert for signs of salmonella in their pets and issued warnings to humans handling the treats to wash their hands thoroughly as salmonella can also infect humans who come in contact with the product. However, no illness has been reported so far in any pet or human.
People who might have been contaminated with salmonella possibly will experience vomiting, nausea, diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramping.
In unusual cases, the bacteria can lead to acute symptoms like endocarditis, arterial infections, arthritis, urinary tract symptoms and muscle pain.
Pet owners ought to contact their veterinarian if their pets appear lethargic or have diarrhea sometimes accompanied with blood, vomiting and fever.
Kasel has recalled a number of the sticks after tests by Colorado's Department of Agriculture found salmonella in the following four lots: BESTBY20APR2014DEN, BESTBY01JUN2014DEN, BESTBY23JUN2014DEN, and BESTBY23SEP2014DEN.
Consumers with queries can contact Kasel Associated Industries at 1-800-218-4417.