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RECALL: Target Brand Dog Treats, Pig Ears

Some Boots and Barkley pet products are being recalled by the company and the FDA for possible salmonella.

(Editor's Note: This information is provided by the U.S. Food and Drug Adminstration.)

If you give your dogs treats including Target's Boots & Barkley's roasted American pig ears and variety pack dog treats, read on.

Kasel Associated Industries of Denver, CO. is voluntarily recalling its Boots and Barkley Roasted American pig ears and Boots and Barkley American variety pack dog treats products because they may be contaminated with Salmonella, according to an FDA news release.

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, the FDA says. 

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, the FDA says. 

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. 

The recalled Roasted Pig Ears and Variety Pack Dog Treats were distributed nationwide through Target retail stores in August 2012. 

The Roasted Pig Ears product comes in a clear plastic bag containing 12 pig ears marked with UPC bar code 647263899158. The Variety Pack product also comes in a clear plastic bag weighing 32 oz and marked with UPC bar code 490830400086. 

Kasel Industries is recalling lot number BESTBY 13SEP2014DEN for both products because this lot code tested positive for the Salmonella bacteria through analysis by the Colorado Department Of Agriculture. 

No illnesses have been reported to date in animals or humans in connection with this product. 

The recall was the result of a routine sampling by the Colorado Department Of Agriculture that revealed finished products contained the Salmonella bacteria. The company has ceased distribution of any lots that have possible contamination of the bacteria. No other products made by Kasel Associated Industries are included in the recall of the 12-count packages of Roasted Pig Ears and the 32 oz Variety Pack Dog Treats. 

Consumers who have purchased the 12-count packages of Roasted Pig Ears and the 32oz Variety Pack Dog Treats are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact Kasel Associated Industries at (800) 218-4417 Monday thru Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. MDT.

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