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Dog food recalled due to salmonella contamination

The Hartz Mountain Corporation, based out of Secaucus, New Jersey, said Sept 4 on the Food and Drug Administration website www.fda.gov that the company is voluntarily recalling one specific lot of Harts Naturals Real Beef Treats for Dogs because one or more bags within the lot may have been tainted with salmonella.

The company said it has not yet received any reports of animals or humans becoming ill as a result of consuming or contacting the recalled dog food.  It advised that humans or dogs who are infected should seek medical attention.

Salmonellosis is often caused by consuming tainted eggs, poultry, unpasteurized milk or juice, cheese, raw fruits and vegetables like alfalfa, sprouts and melons.

It is as common for pet food to be tainted with salmonella. When a person is infected with this pathogen, it may take 1 to 3 days for him to start experiencing any symptoms including diarrhea, fever, stomach pain and vomiting, which last 4 to 7 days.

Foodsafety.gov advises that people infected with salmonella should drink lots of fluids like water and get rest. When necessary, antibiotics may be used to treat the infection.

The dog food subject to the recall was sold in 74,700 8-oz bags with lot code BZ969101E, UPC number 32700-11519 printed on the label.  The Harts Naturals Real Beef Treats for Dogs was imported by Hartz from a Brazilian supplier in Bertin S.A. and could be distributed through a number of other distributors in the United States.

The manufacturer of Harts Naturals Real Beef Treats for Dogs did not detect any salmonella, but routine testing of random samples conducted by the FDA indicates the presence of salmonella, the company said in its press release.

Hartz advised that consumers who purchased the recalled dog food should discard the product immediately.  If they have any questions about the recall such as how to obtain reimbursement for purchased product, they may contact the company at 1-800-275-1414.

David Liu