The FDA is warning consumers not to feed their pets certain Nature’s Deli Chicken Jerky Dog Treats packaged and distributed by Kasel Associates Industries Inc., (Kasel) of Denver, Colorado, because the product may be contaminated with Salmonella. The company has declined to perform a voluntary recall at this time. The company recalled one lot of its Nature’s Deli Chicken Jerky Dog Treats on October 2, 2012. However that recall did not extend to the lot code covered by this warning.
In November 2012, a retail sample of Nature’s Deli Chicken Jerky Dog Treats lot code BESTBY061913DEN taken by the Colorado Department of Agriculture tested positive for Salmonella.
The product is sold in 3.0 lb. packages labeled as Nature’s Deli Chicken Jerky Dog Treats. The product is packaged in flexible plastic which is yellow, blue, green and red, with black and white print writing. The packaging also has a digital photo of a dog on the front panel, and transparent sections to view the product inside. Lot code BESTBY061913DEN is located on the reverse side of the packaging in the transparent section immediately following the term “All American Dog.” The affected products are sold at Costco stores in the Denver, Colo., area. Costco is working with FDA and has removed all of the affected products from its shelves. The company will also contact customers who may have purchased the product to provide additional instructions.
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In September 2012, the Colorado Department of Agriculture tested a retail sample of a Kasel dog treat product and detected a positive finding for Salmonella. An FDA follow-up inspection at the firm found certain finished dog treat products and 34 out of 72 environmental samples positive for Salmonella.
Pet treats produced and distributed by Kasel that have been recalled to date are as follows:
Salmonella can affect both humans and animals. People handling dry pet treats can be infected with Salmonella, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the treats or any surfaces exposed to these products. Consumers should dispose of these products in a safe manner by securing them in a covered trash receptacle.