Merrick Pet Care Recall on Dog Treats

Merrick Pet Care Recalls Texas
Hold'ems 10 oz Bag (Item # 60016 Lot 10127 Best by May 6 2012) because
of Possible Salmonella Health Risk

Company Contact: 
Customer Inquiries: 
800-664-7387 
Other Inquiries: 
James Witcher, Coo#160;
806-322-2806

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
- August 3, 2010 - Merrick Pet Care, Inc. of Amarillo, Texas is
extending its July 2,2010 recall of 10 oz "Beef Filet Squares for Dogs
(Texas Hold'Ems)" pet treat (ITEM # 60016 LOT # 10084TL7 BEST BY MARCH
24, 2012) to also include 83 cases of "Texas Hold'ems" (ITEM # 60016 LOT
# 10127 BEST BY MAY 6, 2012) because they have the potential to be
contaminated with Salmonella. 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 dispose of these products in a safe manner by securing them in a
covered trash receptacle.

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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 Beef Filet Squares (Texas Hold 'Ems) were
shipped to distributors and retailers throughout the US. These
individuals have been notified and have activated their recall
procedures.

The treats are sold in 1Ooz plastic bags marked with
"Lot # 10127 Best By May 6, 2012" on the top of the bag and on a sticker
applied to the bottom.

No illnesses have been reported to date for either lot of product. A sample tested positive for Salmonella.

Consumers
who have purchased 10 ounce packages of"Texas Hold'ems" 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
8:00 - 5:00 CDT.

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