Loving Pets, a New Jersey-based manufacturer of pet treats located in Cranbury, is voluntarily recalling a limited number of dog treats for potential salmonella contamination.
The limited recall includes the following products:
- Loving Pets Barksters: Sweet Potato and Chicken and Brown Rice and Chicken;
- Loving Pets Puffsters Snack Chips: Apple and Chicken, Banana and Chicken, Sweet Potato and Chicken and Cranberry and Chicken;
- Whole Hearted: Chicken and Apple Puff Treats.
(For the specific Item, UPC and Lot numbers of the affected products, click here to go to the Loving Pets Products website.)
Salmonella and the Risks
Salmonella can affect animals eating the products and there is also a risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having come into contact with the products or any surfaces exposed to these products. Symptoms of possible salmonella poisoning in humans include: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. While rare, Salmonella can result in more serious ailments, including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation and urinary tract symptoms.
Pets poisoned with Salmonella may exhibit lethargy, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever and vomiting. Some pets may only show signs of decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Infected, but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers of salmonella and infect other animals or humans.
Contact your vet or doctor if you suspect salmonella poisoning for immediate help.
Why the Recall
The potential salmonella contamination was “discovered by the Loving Pet’s internal quality assurance team.” The contamination was identified to a single finished ingredient supplied to Loving Pets from one of its USA-based suppliers.
According to a Press Release:
“Loving Pets produces its treats in small batches, in order to offer the highest quality and control in safety. To ensure the safety of its products, Loving Pets decided to be extra cautious and recall a wider range of lot numbers so that no possible contaminated product is available on the market.”
According to the Company’s website, no illnesses, injuries or complaints have been reported.
What to do Next
Consumers may return any affected treats to the retailer where the product was originally purchased.
For additional information, consumers may also call Cathy Vesey at 866-599-PETS (7387) or visit LovingPetsProducts.com.
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