At the end of last month, Salix Animal Health, LLC of Deerfield, FL announced a recall of one lot of “Good ‘n’ Fun – Beefhide Chicken Sticks” due to potential salmonella contamination. The company has now expanded that recall to include products with expiration dates that were manufactured during the same timeframe. The Georgia Department of Agriculture confirmed the presence of salmonella in an additional lot of the dog treats, according to the FDA Recall – Firm Press Release.
The recalled treats were distributed nationally to Dollar General, Dollar Tree and Family Dollar stores. The recalled product is packaged in a 2.8 ounce bag stamped on the back side with an item code number of 82247 and expiration dates ranging from 02/2018- 07/2018. The original recall included only the 03/2018 expiration date.
The complete recall information is as follows:
Good ‘n’ Fun 2.8 oz. Beefhide Chicken Sticks UPC: 091093822471 item# 82247
Expiration dates: 02/2018, 03/2018, 04/2018, 05/2018, 06/2018, 07/2018
Customers who have purchased the recalled product should discontinue feeding it to their dogs and are urged to dispose of it or return it for a full refund.
For questions or refunds, customers may contact Salix Animal Health’s consumer affairs team at 800-338-4896, Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM, Eastern Standard Time.
People handling any product contaminated with Salmonella may potentially become infected, so it’s important to thoroughly wash your hands and all surfaces that have come into contact with the dog treats.
Salmonella is a bacteria that can cause serious and potentially fatal infections (Salmonellosis) in people and animals. Small children, the elderly and those with compromised immune systems are at particular risk. The symptoms of Salmonellosis in humans include nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps, diarrhea, fever, and headache. Rarely, Salmonellosis can result in more serious ailments including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms. People who are experiencing the symptoms of Salmonellosis after having handled any of the recalled products should seek medical attention.
Pets with Salmonellosis 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 any of the recalled products and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian immediately.