May 23, 2000
Pet Treats Sold at Costco may be Contaminated with Salmonella
Washington, DC (SafetyAlerts) - The Food and Drug
Administration announced today that Treat Makers, L.L.C., a manufacturer of natural pet
treats, is voluntarily recalling Medalist brand pig ear pet treats due to possible
contamination with Salmonella.
The recalled pet treats are lot numbers 07600EXU3
and 08300EXU1. Pet owners can become ill by touching their mouth or food without
washing their hands after handling the pet treats.
The Medalist brand pig ears are packaged in
25-count plastic bags. The lot number can be found on a white sticker on the back of the
Salmonella is an organism which can cause serious
and sometimes fatal infections in small children, frail or elderly people, and others with
weakened immune systems. Healthy people may only suffer short-term symptoms, such as high
fever, severe headache, vomiting, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea. Long term
complications can include arthritis. Salmonella is not considered a health risk for pets.
While testing conducted by Costco, Issaquah, WA, a
distributor of the pet treats, found some Salmonella-positive samples, testing conducted
by Treat Makers, L.L.C. showed no trace of Salmonella. No illnesses have been reported as
a result of handling these pet treats.
The pig ears were distributed through Costco
stores located in 11 states: Washington, Oregon, California, Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada,
Utah, Colorado, Idaho, Hawaii and Montana.
Consumers who have purchased the pig ears can
return them to their Costco store for a refund. Customers with questions about the recall
should call Treat Makers at (888) 250-7369.
Notice of this product warning was sent via email
to SafeMail subscribers May 23,
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