Pet Treat Sold in Midwest Recalled

Tuesday, July 25th 2000, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

WASHINGTON (AP) — An Iowa company is recalling a pet treat sold in several Midwestern states because of possible contamination by salmonella.

Pet owners who hand their dogs the treats could become infected if they then touch their mouths or their own food before thoroughly washing their hands.

The recall of Petnicks Porknicks Smoked Pork Hide Chips was announced by Reliable Pet Products of Sioux City, Iowa. The company said the treats were distributed beginning June 19 to 45 Cub stores in Minnesota, Illinois and Wisconsin and to several independent stores in those states as well as in Iowa and South Dakota.

The recalled treats are lot number 000246. People who purchased them can return the treats to the place of purchase for a refund. Those with questions can call the manufacturer at 1-712-258-1055.

The company said it acted after the Food and Drug Administration found salmonella in samples of the product. It said a private lab it had contracted did not find any salmonella.

Salmonella can cause flulike symptoms in healthy people, and can be life-threatening in the elderly, young children and people with weakened immune systems.