October 22, 2008: Hartz Recalls Rawhide Chips Due To Possible Salmonella Contamination

Is this product contminated with Salmonella?Hartz Mountain Corp, located in Secaucus, NJ, has placed 4,850 two-pound bags of Chicken-Basted Rawhide Chips on recall, because it may be contaminated with the foodborne pathogen Salmonella.

A spokesman for the company stated that bags of Hartz Chicken-Basted Rawhide Chips, with lot code JC23282 and UPC number 3270096463, are subject to the recall.  The product was distributed to Wal-Mart.

Salmonella is a pathogenic bacterium that can present serious symptoms in both humans and dogs.  People can become infected with Salmonella by handling the contaminated rawhide chips, or by cleaning up after a sick pet. 

In humans, symptoms may include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea (possibly bloody), fever, and vomiting.  Rarer, but more serious complications include arterial infections, endocarditis (inflammation of the heart’s inner layer), arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms. 

In pets, symptoms may include lethargic behavior, diarrhea (possibly bloody), fever, and vomiting. Other pets may only show symptoms of decreased appetite, fever, and abdominal pain.  Furthermore, infected animals may show no visible symptoms, and serve as carriers who can potentially infect humans or other pets. 

If you, a family member, or your pet has had contact with Hartz Mountain Chicken-Basted Rawhide Chips, and has experienced any of these symptoms, it is important to seek appropriate medical attention through your healthcare provider or your pet’s veterinarian.

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