Nutri-Vet and Nutripet Chicken Jerky Treats Recalled for Salmonella Risk

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The dog treat recalls have officially grown legs and are off and running. Running at break-neck speed, it’s a race to see who has the most recalled brands in one week, with Kasel Industries the favorite to win.

Nutri-Vet jerky treats manufactured by the Kasel Industries have issued a recall notice posted on the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) website Wednesday. Nutri-Vet issued a recall for eighteen chicken jerky treats for dogs for possible contamination with Salmonella.

The following day, the FDA recalled sixty-seven Kasel Industries jerky pet treat brands on Thursday, including eighteen Nutri-Vet chicken jerky treat brands.

Earlier in the week, Kasel Industries recalled forty-nine jerky pet treat brands on Tuesday, including two manufactured by Kasel for Nutri-Vet.

Although Nutri-Vet claims the recall is voluntary, it seems highly unlikely considering the ongoing FDA investigation of Kasel Industries production facility found contaminated with ten different serotypes of Salmonella.

The Recall Notice

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – February 20, 2013 – Nutri-Vet, LLC. of Boise, ID is voluntarily recalling its Nutri-Vet and NutriPet Chicken Jerky Products because they may be contaminated with Salmonella. Salmonella can sicken animals that eat these products and humans are at risk for Salmonella poisoning from handling contaminated pet products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the pet products 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 and 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.

Nutri-Vet is recalling the lot numbers below because the manufacturer [Kasel Industries] of an ingredient [the chicken, duh] used in the products below informed us of the possibility of Salmonella presence at the manufacturing facility, although 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:

Recalled Products

Item # Description Size UPC
76-0081 NutriPet Natural Chicken Fillet Strips 16oz 76-0081 (No bar code)
50704 Nutri-Vet K9 Natural Chicken Breast Treats for Joint Health 5oz 669125507049
50705 Nutri-Vet K9 Natural Chicken Breast Treats for Joint Health 15oz 669125507056
50706 Nutri-Vet K9 Natural Chicken Breast Treats for Glossy Coat 5oz 669125507063
50707 Nutri-Vet K9 Natural Chicken Breast Treats for Glossy Coat 15oz 669125507070
50708 Nutri-Vet K9 Natural Chicken Breast Treats for Stress and Anxiety 5oz 669125507087
50709 Nutri-Vet K9 Natural Chicken Breast Treats for Stress and Anxiety 15oz 669125507094
50710 Nutri-Vet K9 Natural Chicken Breast Treats for Fresh Breath 5oz 669125507100
50711 Nutri-Vet K9 Natural Chicken Breast Treats for Fresh Breath 15oz 669125507117
50712 Nutri-Vet K9 Natural Chicken Breast Treats for SENIOR Dogs 5oz 669125507124
50714 Nutri-Vet K9 Natural Chicken Breast Treats for Healthy Digestion 5oz 669125507148
50716 Nutri-Vet K9 Natural Chicken Breast Treats for Healthy Weight 5oz 669125507162
50701 Nutri-Vet K9 Natural Chicken Breast Treats 5oz 669125507018
50702 Nutri-Vet K9 Natural Chicken Breast Treats 8oz 669125507025
50703 NNutri-Vet K9 Natural Chicken Breast Treats 16oz 669125507032
99044 Nutri-Vet K9 Hip & Joint Chicken Breast Strips 8oz 669125990445

The United States based supplier has ceased the production and distribution of the ingredient supplied to Nutri-Vet while FDA and the manufacturer continue investigating as to the source of the potential contamination. No other products made by Nutri-Vet, LLC are included in the recall.

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 1-877-729-8668 Monday thru Friday from 7am to 5pm MDT.

Mollie’s Words O’ Wisdom

Today’s news should remind consumers to stay informed and get to know the companies that manufacture their pet’s treats or they might end up with some dodgy doggy treats – even if they are made in the good ol’ US of A.

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