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November 22, 1999

Canadian Agency Issues Additional Alerts on Salmonella Tainted Pet Chews

Ottawa, Ontario (SafetyAlerts) - The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning consumers about possible Salmonella contamination in pet products manufactured by 6 different companies.

"Some of these products have been sold in the U.S.," according to Brian Peart, spokesperson for the CFIA. "They may have been sold under different brand names or have the manufacturers listed on the package."

The products that may be contaminated with Salmonella, as listed by the CFIA are:



Size & Packaging

Manufacturer/ Distributor

All Natural Pig Ears Uncle Sam’s Packages of 2 ears with UPC code 73091 81611 Sergeant’s Pet Products of Omaha, Nebraska/ Distributor- Sergeant’s of Canada
Chew-N-Moo beef trachea Uncle Sam’s packages of 2 pieces with UPC code 73091 81618
RawHide dog chew treats Unknown 300 gram value pack with UPC code 22517 71262 Imported by Avant Sales, Mississauga, Ontario
pack of 10 with UPC code 22517 71415
Dried pig kidneys Megane 80 g clear plastic bag Produits JAG Enr., Lachenaie, Québec
Dried pig hearts Megane 80 g clear plastic bag
Pig Ears none single, in bulk Gourmandaises Encore Inc., Bécamcour, Québec
Pig Ears Jungle Max two ears, plastic bag
Pig Ears Caprice one, two, six or 10 ears, plastic bag
Pig Ears none single, in bulk Les Entreprises Frigorifiques de l’Avenir, Saint-Hubert
Pig Ears Crunch Treat six ears, net bag Crunch Treat Pet, Saint-Grégoire, Québec
Pig Ears none single, in bulk Les Produits Bellerive Inc., Shawinigan-Sud, Québec

Peart told SafetyAlerts the CFIA is communicating with the FDA who is conducting their own investigation in to the matter.

There have been no reported illnesses associated with these products. People may risk bacterial infection by handling the treats directly or by contact with pets who have used the treats.

Elderly people, young children and people with weakened immune systems are particularly at risk. They should completely avoid handling the pet treats. Anyone who may have handled the treats should wash their hands with warm water and soap.  Common symptoms of Salmonella infection are nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, and diarrhea. More serious consequences are possible.

According to Mike Walters of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Salmonella can effect pets in the same way as humans.  Owners who's pets display some or all of the symptoms above should seek the advice of a Veterinarian.  Owners should also wash their hands with warm water and soap after handling the pets and use caution in cleaning up feces, which may also spread the contamination.

For more information, consumers can contact Brian Peart, Canadian Food Inspection Agency at (613) 225-2342 ext. 4605

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