The Natural Dog Company is recalling 12-ounce bags of 12″ Tremenda Sticks dog chews because they may be contaminated with Salmonella.
The recalled treats were distributed to stores in California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Missouri, Montana, North Carolina, Ohio, Utah and Washington.
According to a news release from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Colorado Dept. of Agriculture discovered Salmonella in a sample taken from a 12-ounce package of 12″ Tremenda Sticks, which contain beef tripe.
Production of the product has been suspended while the FDA and Natural Dog Company investigate the source of the problem. No cases of illness from the product have been reported.
Natural Dog Company, Inc., is based in Windsor, Colo. The Tremenda Sticks were made in Brazil, according to the package label.
Incidentally, some I and love and you dog chews manufactured in Brazil were recalled last week, also because of Salmonella concerns. The week before, some Vital Essentials Frozen Beef Tripe products were recalled because they tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes.
Salmonella can affect animals as well as people who handle the contaminated food. The symptoms for both people and animals include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. If you or your pet experiences these symptoms after handling or eating the recalled product, see a doctor or veterinarian.
The recalled 12″ Tremenda Sticks are packaged in 12-ounce bags with the UPC number 851265004957. There is no lot number or expiration date.
Products with new packaging that includes both a lot number and expiration date, and the same UPC number, are not affected by this recall.
If you purchased the recalled product, do not give it to your dog. Return it to the retailer where you bought it for a full refund.
For more information about the recall, call the Natural Dog Company at 888-424-4602 Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. MST.