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Update (02/22/13): In an already disconcerting week for pet-treat recalls, Kasel Associated Industries has expanded the list of affected products to include Nutri-Vet's "K9" brand dog treats. The press release issued yesterday reads:
"While there are no reports of human illness, FDA has received a small number of complaints of illness in dogs who were exposed to the treats. Because of the multiple positive tests for Salmonella, and the production practices and conditions observed at the facility during the inspection, FDA believes that there is a reasonable probability that pet treat preoducts manufactured in the facility from April 20, 2012 through September 19, 2012 are contaminated with Salmonella."
Additionally, two more pet food companies issued limited recalls due to Salmonella traced back to parsley used in their products. Kaytee, a bird treat company, and The Honest Kitchen, a pet food manufacturer, are both urging consumers to safely dispose of the recalled items and contact the company for a refund. More information can be found here and here.
Kasel Associated Industries issued a voluntary recall affecting nearly fifty dog treats due to possible Salmonella contamination. All products manufactured at Kasel's Denver, CO, facility between April 20, 2012, and September 19, 2012, are included in the recall. Anyone who purchsed these products should immediately cease their use and monitor their pets for symptoms including: diarrhea, fever, vomiting, decreased appetite, and abdominal pain.
Although the recall is not connected to recent concerns over Chinese-made jerky treats, it should be taken every bit as seriously as Kasel's inventory includes a number of popular brands distributed by several national chains including Target, Costco, and Sam's Club. Infected pets can become carriers and infect people or other pets, even when they don't exhibit any symptoms.
Several of the recalled items include "best by" dates as late as October 2014, so pet owners should exercise caution. For a full list of affected treats as well as contact information for a full refund, visit the FDA web site.