Pet Products Recall
Merrick Beef Filet Squares 10oz Bags
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced two recalls involving pet products on Friday July 2. The recalls involve 10 oz bags of Merrick Beef Filet Squares made by Merrick Pet Care, as well as nutritional supplements and powdered form products made by the United Pet Group and sold under the Nature’s Miracle, Excel and Pro-Pet brands (as well as under private label brands).
Below is the detailed information on the two recalls. (The United Pet Group recall follows immediately after the Merrick recall.)
1. Merrick Pet Care Recalls 10oz Bags Of Merrick Beef Filet Squares
Salmonella can affect animals and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products. People handling the treats can become infected with Salmonella, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the chews 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.
If you have Merrick Beef Filet Squares for Dogs that are covered by this recall, please stop feeding them to your pet immediately and return them to PSP for a complete refund. (Returned items should be double wrapped in plastic bags to avoid exposure to possibly contaminated product.) Also, if your pet has any unfinished Merrick Beef Filet Squares, be sure to remove them safely from your home, disposing of them so they cannot be eaten by wildlife. All surface areas that come into contact with any product suspected of being contaminated with Salmonella should be washed and disinfected. Wash your hands thoroughly after handling affected products. Pregnant women, young children, the elderly and anyone recovering from an illness should not handle products that may be contaminated with Salmonella.
People who handle these products can become infected with Salmonella, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with them or any surfaces exposed to these products. 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 the 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 immediately.
The Beef Filet Squares were shipped to distributors and retailers throughout the US. These individuals have been notified and have activated their recall procedures.
The treats are sold in 10oz plastic bags marked with “Lot # 10084TL7 Best By Mar 24, 2012” on the top of the bag and on a sticker applied to the bottom.
No illnesses have been reported to date. FDA collected a surveillance sample of “Merrick Beef Filet Squares for Dogs” (lot #10084TL7) which were purchased from a retail store. The sample tested positive for Salmonella.
Consumers who have purchased 10 ounce packages of “Beef Filet Squares for Dogs” are urged to return the unused portion to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-800-664-7387 M-F 8:00 – 5:00 CDT.
2. United Pet Group Nutritional Supplements and Powdered Form Products
A separate list of the recalled United Pet Group products that are carried by Pet Supplies “Plus” is provided at the end of this alert. If you have any of the affected United Pet Group Products, please stop feeding them to your pet immediately and return them to PSP for a complete refund. (Returned items should be double wrapped in plastic bags to avoid exposure to possibly contaminated product.)
All of the affected products are in tablet and powdered form. The affected products are those with expiration dates that include and are between “01/2013” and “06/2013.” Products with expiration dates earlier than 01/2013 or later than 06/2013 are not included in this recall. The expiration date can be found imprinted vertically on the right side of the product label.
When disposing of affected products, do so in a way that prevents them from being eaten by wildlife. All surface areas that come into contact with any product suspected of being contaminated with Salmonella should be washed and disinfected. Wash your hands thoroughly after handling affected products. Pregnant women, young children, the elderly and anyone recovering from an illness should not handle products that may be contaminated with Salmonella.
Here is a list of products carried by Pet Supplies “Plus” that are affected by this recall:
If you have questions, please contact your local Pet Supplies “Plus” store or contact us. You can reach United Pet Group through this consumer line number: (877) 399-5226.
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