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FDA issues warning on Merrick beef treats

merrickThe U. S. Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers not to use Merrick Beef Filet Squares for dogs because the product may be contaminated with Salmonella.

The product was distributed nationwide through retail stores and Internet sales by Merrick Pet Care and they are stamped with a package date of “Best By 11/19/11.”

Although no illnesses associated with these products have been reported, the FDA is advising consumers not to handle or feed them to their pets.

The affected Merrick Beef Filet Squares were packaged in a 10-ounce green, red and tan re-sealable plastic bag. The “best by” date is imprinted on the top portion of the bag, which is torn off when the bag is opened. The FDA recommends that consumers who are unable to determine the “best by” date discontinue use of the product.

In December 2009, the FDA conducted routine testing of Merrick Beef Filet Squares and detected a positive finding for Salmonella. A follow-up inspection found deficiencies in the packaging and manufacturing processes.

Salmonella can affect both humans and animals. People handling dry pet treats can become infected with Salmonella, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the treats or any surfaces exposed to these products.

Comments

Comment from Dana
Time January 15, 2010 at 2:27 pm

I am so glad Merrick pulled this product on their own before the FDA even asked. They seem like a great company. Too bad about their small lot of treats. It can happen to anyone though. When you make that much of something, there can be an issue from time to time. I love that they are on it!

Comment from Lis
Time January 15, 2010 at 6:35 pm

They didn’t “pull this product on their own before the FDA even asked.” They got around to pulling it after the FDA tested their product and got the results back. They didn’t bother doing any product testing on their own–and product shipped before the FDA testing results got back to them.

This isn’t what a “great company” does.

And of course, seeing this exact same comment also by “Dana” as was made on the Pet Connection increases the certainty that you are a paid Merrick pr flack.

Comment from Christie Keith
Time January 15, 2010 at 6:41 pm

Interesting that “Dana” showed up on Pet Connection, where she or he has never before posted, saying the exact same thing… and a few minutes later, there was someone from Merrick praising her “feedback.”

Astroturf, anyone?

Comment from m
Time January 17, 2010 at 3:14 am

Not surprised in the least….

Comment from Michelle Convis
Time January 17, 2010 at 2:47 pm

A dog with a normal, healthy immune system and a properly functioning digestive system will not get salmonella. Dogs have a much shorter digestive tract than humans and they expel their meals in stool much faster than humans, which does not give salmonella time to attack and make dogs sick like it does humans.
However, the real concern is more that humans handle these treats when giving them to their pets, which makes a risk to people.

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