The newest pet product recall comes from the Colorado company Boulder Dog Food Company LLC. They are recalling their Chicken Sprinkles which come in a 3 oz. package. The recall is for all packages with a “Best By” date of 05/04/16, a lot number of 998, and a UPC code of 899883001231. These products have the potential of being contaminated with Salmonella.
Chicken Sprinkles come in a clear poly bag and you can find the UPC code in the lower right-hand corner of the product label on the front of the bag. You’ll find the “Best By” date and the lot number on the label on the back of the package.
This recall is extremely small. It only affects 10 bags of the Chicken Sprinkles which were distributed to two stores in Colorado, one store in Washington, and one retail customer in Maryland. The company has stated that they have received 8 of the 10 bags back already and they believe that the other two were either destroyed or had already been used.
The recall is the result of a routine sampling program performed by the Colorado Department of Agriculture which revealed a positive Salmonella test in one package of the Chicken Sprinkles. The company has received one complaint by a customer who had contact with the product.
The product could have affected animals that came in contact with it or ingested it, and also any human who may have come in contact as well, especially if the handler did not wash their hands properly after touching the treats or any surface the treats were exposed to.
Salmonella can cause nausea, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, vomiting, fever, and abdominal cramping in humans. Anyone who thinks they may have been exposed should monitor themselves very closely. In rare cases more serious illnesses including endocarditis, arterial infections, muscle pain, arthritis, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms can also occur.
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Dogs, or other pets with Salmonella, may be lethargic and have a fever, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, decreased appetite, and abdominal pain. Infected pets can infect humans or other pets as well, so they should be monitored very closely and quarantined in a separate area if there are questions regarding whether they’ve contracted Salmonella or not.
Consumers with questions should contact the Boulder Dog Food Company, their veterinarian, or their healthcare provider immediately. If left untreated for too long, Salmonella can cause serious health issues that could lead to death.