Posted: Dec. 6, 2012, 5:25 p.m. EST
Pet owners were warned today not to feed their pets a single lot of Nature’s Deli Chicken Jerky Dog Treats because of possible salmonella contamination.
The manufacturer, Kasel Associated Industries Inc. of Denver, declined to voluntarily recall the treats, forcing the FDA to act, the agency reported. Kasel's owner, Ray Kasel, could not be reached to comment.
The notice centers on Nature’s Deli Chicken Jerky Dog Treats with the lot code BESTBY061913DEN. The 3-pound packages were sold at Costco stores in the Denver area, the FDA stated.
Costco removed all the affected products and will contact customers who may have bought the treats, the FDA added.
The FDA's action followed three recalls this fall involving Kasel products that may have been contaminated by salmonella.
The FDA has been investigating reports of dogs sickened by chicken jerky treats, but Nature's Deli is not part of the study, the agency stated.
In October, Kasel withdrew a select number of Boots & Barkley Roasted American Pig Ears and Boots & Barkley American Variety Pack Dog Treats. Two weeks earlier, another lot of Nature’s Deli Chicken Jerky Dog Treats was recalled.
In September, some Boots & Barkley American Beef Bully Sticks distributed at Target stores were recalled.
No pet illesses have been reported with any of the products.
Symptoms of salmonella poisoning in pets include lethargy, diarrhea, fever and vomiting. People who handle contaminated pet products may exhibit similar symptoms.
Kasel came under scrutiny in September, when a Colorado Department of Agriculture test found salmonella in a retail treat sample. The FDA conducted follow-up tests at the company and discovered signs of salmonella in some finished dog treat products and in 34 out of 72 environmental samples.
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