Merrick dog treats may be contaminated with Salmonella

Legal news for product liability attorneys. The FDA has issued a health alert for Merrick Beef Filet Squares for dogs.

Food and Drug Administration (FDA) alerts product liability attorneys- Merrick Pet Car beef filet dog treats may contain Salmonella.

Amarillo, TX—Consumers are being alerted to discontinue giving their pets the Merrick Beef Filet Squares for dogs because the doggie treats could be contaminated with Salmonella. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the health alert on Thursday, January 13, 2010.

The dog treats by Merrick Pet Care with package date of “Best By 111911” imprinted on the top portion of the bag may contain Salmonella. The “best by” date is torn off when you open the bag; If you cannot find the “best by” date, it is advised you discontinue use. After a routine testing in December 2009 of Merrick Beef Filet Squares they discovered a positive finding for Salmonella. Then after a follow-up inspection, deficiencies in the packaging and manufacturing processes were also found.

Salmonella can affect both humans and animals; People infected with Salmonella may experience the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. In rare instances, Salmonella can cause more serious problems like arterial infections, endocarditis (inflammation of the lining of the heart), arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms. If you are handling the dry pet treats, make sure you wash your hands after contact with the treats or surfaces exposed to the treats so that you limit your risk of becoming infected. Consumers are advised to throw away these products by placing them in a covered trash receptacle. The FDA also stated, “Pets with Salmonella infections may become lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever and vomiting. Some pets may experience only a 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 any of the affected product or is experiencing any of these symptoms, contact your veterinarian immediately.”

The product was sold nationwide through retail stores and through Internet sales in a 10-ounce green, red and tan re-sealable plastic bag. No illnesses have been reported at this time. Consumers can report complaints about FDA-regulated pet food and pet treat products by calling the consumer complaint coordinator in their area.

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Legal News Reporter: Nicole Howley-Legal news for product liability lawyers.