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Boulder Dog Food Company dog treats recalled for Salmonella risk

The FDA has announced the recall of the Boulder Dog Food Company’s Chicken Sprinkles due to Salmonella health risk. The company’s press release follows (edited for clarity):

The Boulder Dog Food Company is recalling the Chicken Sprinkles (3 oz.) with a “Best By” date of “05/04/16”, a lot number of “998”, and a UPC Code of 899883001231, because the product has the potential of being contaminated with Salmonella. The UPC Code is located in the lower right hand corner of the product label on the front of the bag.  The “Best By” date and Lot Number are on a label on the reverse side of the bag.

The recalled product consists of 10 bags of Chicken Sprinkles (3 oz.) that were distributed to two retail stores in the State of Colorado, one retail store in the State of Washington, and one retail customer in the State of Maryland.  Boulder Dog Food Company, L.L.C. has retrieved 8 of the 10 bags of the recalled product, and believes that the remaining two bags of the product have been used or destroyed.  If you are in possession of the recalled product please discontinue use and return the unused product to either the retailer where it was purchased or directly to Boulder Dog Food Company.

The recall is a result of a routine sampling program by the Colorado Department of Agriculture which revealed a “positive” test for Salmonella in one package of Chicken Sprinkles (3 oz.) with a “Best By” date of “05/04/16”, a Lot Number of “998”, and  a UPC Code of 899883001231.

One complaint was received from a consumer who had contact with the product.

Salmonella can affect animals, and there is risk to humans, especially if the handler does not thoroughly wash his or her hands after having contact with the product or any surfaces exposed to the product.

Healthy people handling a product contaminated by Salmonella should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping, and fever.  Although rare, Salmonella may result in more serious ailments, including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms.  Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with the product should contact their healthcare providers immediately.

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 product and has exhibited these symptoms, you should contact your veterinarian immediately.

Consumers with questions may contact Boulder Dog Food Company, L.L.C. at 303-449-2540 Monday through Friday between 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM (M.D.T.)

Mollie Morrissette

Mollie Morrissette, author of Poisoned Pets, is an animal food safety expert and advisor to AAFCO. Help support her work by making a donation today.

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