Merrick Jr. Texas Taffy Pet Treat
Dog Food Recall - January 28, 2011
Potential Salmonella Contamination
Merrick Pet Care Company has announced a voluntary
dog food recall of their Jr. Texas Taffy pet treat.
To date, no dog
illnesses have been reported.
FDA Press Release on the latest Merrick dog food recall
below. Note, the date of "2010" noted in this press release
appears to be a
misprint, and should in fact be 2011.
We can find no mention of these dog food recalls on Merrick's
website (as of January 29, 2011).
We also want to alert all our visitors to the fact
that the Merrick dog food company has recalled other pet treats in the
last six months and they were issued a Warning Letter
from the FDA regarding
their manufacturing processes used to make their pet treats.
See here for more information on
Merrick Dog Food Recalls 2010 and the FDA
Warning Letter to Merrick.
PET CARE RECALLS JR TEXAS TAFFY PET TREAT
(ITEM # 27077, ALL LOTS UP TO
AND INCLUDING 10364)
BECAUSE OF POSSIBLE SALMONELLA HEALTH RISK
James Witcher, COO
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
-- January 28, 2010 - Merrick Pet Care, Inc. of Amarillo,
recalling the Jr. Texas Taffy pet treat :
- ITEM # 27077, UPC #
02280827077 - All Lots up to and including 10364
because they have the
potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. Merrick Pet
made the decision to recall all Jr. Texas Taffy pet treats in the
abundance of caution. 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
these products in a safe manner by securing them in a covered trash
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
this product should contact their healthcare providers immediately.
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 Jr. Texas Taffy was shipped to distributors and retailers
the US. These individuals have been notified and have
activated their recall procedures.
No illnesses have been reported to date.
Consumers who have purchased the Jr. Texas Taffy 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
8:00am – 5:00pm CST.