FDA Recall: Merrick’s Jr. Texas Taffy Pet Treats

by Mary Haight on January 29, 2011

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Another Friday night dump I see from the FDA widget below – after however many days of holding the bad news. Instead of pointing fingers at FDA and FDA pointing fingers back at corporations on this Friday night news release practice, here’s an idea: Why not serve the public – they don’t care which organization or process is at fault, they just want the news flash in a timely, useful kinda way.  (Note to Merrick staff – “immidiate” sounds like a freudian slip of “idiot”, which is kinda funny even given the nature of this release, and typos we don’t care about as much, but it is 2011 as noted on Gina Spadafori ‘s post at Pet Connection .) The last recall news release listed on Merrick’s site is from July last year at this writing.

MERRICK PET CARE RECALLS JR TEXAS TAFFY PET TREAT (ITEM # 27077, ALL LOTS UP TO AND INCLUDING 10364) BECAUSE OF POSSIBLE SALMONELLA HEALTH RISK
 
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James Witcher, COO
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FOR IMMIDIATE RELEASE – January 28, 2010 – Merrick Pet Care, Inc. of Amarillo, Texas is recalling the Jr. Texas Taffy pet treat (ITEM # 27077, UPC # 02280827077, All Lots up to and including 10364) because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.  Merrick Pet Care has made the decision to recall all Jr. Texas Taffy pet treats in the abundance of caution. 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.

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.

TheJr. Texas Taffy was shipped to distributors and retailers throughout the US.  These individuals have been notified and have activated their recall procedures.

No illnesses have been reported to date.

Consumers who have purchased the Jr. Texas Taffy 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 8:00am – 5:00pm CST.

Source: FDA

 

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6 comments
Rick
Rick

Thanks for passing this on. I'm concerned about all the recalls lately, both human and pet food.

Pamela
Pamela

I used to regularly buy Merrick's dried lamb lung as a favorite treat. I'm really disappointed to see them coming up with these recalls over and over. The terrible thing is that if I don't go organic, there's no point in buying human grade food either. In the factory farm system, it's no better. [sigh]

Kristine
Kristine

Thanks for passing on this important information. I've never heard of these treats before, luckily, but it is good to know for the future. I agree. It is not important right now who's to blame, all that matters is telling people to hopefully prevent any more dogs from getting ill. I've not thought too much about how salmonella may potentially affect my dog. So it is good to know some of the signs to look for.

MaryHaight
MaryHaight

Thanks for stopping by Rick - and you're right to be concerned with what's happening to the food chain. It's not a pretty picture!

MaryHaight
MaryHaight

I used Merricks wet food for helping sick foster dogs on the mend, so I was really very surprised when all the beef lung trouble began and the kept recurring. What was much worse, at least according to the FDA, was when the company tried to cover up an incident of Salmonella by calling it some kind of malfunction. That seemed a very damning charge. I had arranged an interview through their PR agent before this occurred. The COO backed out of the interview and never rescheduled. Agree organic food is the only way to go and even with that, the cross pollination of corn and other GMOs has sullied everything - that being the chemical companies intent., and now with the foolish court decision allowing GMO alfalfa to be planted...sigh. Thanks for your comment, Pamela!

MaryHaight
MaryHaight

Sure, Kristine, and thanks for stopping by!

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