Whaaat? You mean there's Salmonella on this steer stick? OMG. Yeach!

Priority Total Pet Care Bullstrips Dog Treats Recalled for Salmonella Contamination


Whaaat? You mean there's Salmonella on this steer stick? OMG. Yeach!

This just in…Steer sticks, otherwise known as bull penises, but more commonly known in pet circles as bully sticks, bully pulls, pizzles and what-have-you’s. They do all sorts of things to those poor penises, they sun-dry them, smoke them, cure them, braid them, stretch, twirl and curl them within an inch of their life. Eventually, the undignified remains of a steer’s best bits are destined to be cured to a crisp for your critter to chomp on – but preferably not the ones contaminated with Salmonella, like the following recalled brand:

Carolina Prime Pet Inc., a manufacturer and distributor of dog treats, is “voluntarily” recalling the following product after they were busted by the Colorado Dept. of Agriculture when they found the product was contaminated with Salmonella. So yeah, I guess you could say it was a “voluntary recall” — if you’re an ass.

The recalled product stats
Priority Total Pet Care All Natural Bullstrips in a 5-count package; UPC:0-21130-42080-3; Lot Code:20082712 S 3195 and Lot Code: 20090312 S3195. The UPC can be located on the back label of each package. The lot Code is located on a sticker on the back of each bag of the 5 count product.

The reason for the recall
This lot of product has yielded a positive test for Salmonella when tested by the Colorado Dept. of Agriculture. Carolina Prime Pet is not aware of any reported cases of illness related to this product.

Salmonella can affect animals eating the products and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products or any surfaces exposed to these products.

The problem with Salmonella
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 signs 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 these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.

Where was the product sold?
Priority Total Pet Care All Natural Bullstrips are sold in Safeway stores in Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, Hawaii, Maryland, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, South Dakota, Virginia, Washington DC and Wyoming as well as Vons, Pavilions and Pak ‘N Save stores in California; Randalls and Tom Thumb stores in Texas; Genuardi’s stores in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, and Dominick’s stores in Illinois. This product was distributed from about the first of September until now (“now” – what in the heck does that mean?)

What to do
Customers who purchased the recalled dog treats should discontinue use immediately, and return items to the purchase location for replacement, refund, or discard.

No other products are included in this recall.

For further information, please call Carolina Prime Pet Inc. at 1-888-370-2360. (Mon-Fri. 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM EST)

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