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FDA warns of Salmonella in Merrick Beef Filet Squares Dog Treats

by Therese on January 15, 2010

in Dogs, Pet Food Recall

The FDA has issued a warning about Merrick Beef Filet Squares, which may be contaminated with Salmonella.

FDA Health Alert for Merrick Beef Filet Squares Dog Treats Packaged and Distributed by Merrick Pet Care
Products may be contaminated with Salmonella

The U. S. Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers not to use Merrick Beef Filet Squares for dogs distributed by Merrick Pet Care with a package date of “Best By 111911” because the product may be contaminated with Salmonella.

The product was distributed nationwide through retail stores and Internet sales.

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

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.


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 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.

Consumers can report complaints about FDA-regulated pet food and pet treat products by calling the consumer complaint coordinator in their area. Please see http://www.fda.gov/AnimalVeterinary/SafetyHealth/ReportaProblem/ucm182403.htm for additional information.

Read the full release about Merrick Beef Filet Squares by the FDA.

At the the time I’m writing this post, I couldn’t find anything on the Merrick website about the warning, but I could buy some of the treats if I wanted to. Way to go, Merrick – it’s good to know how you feel about your customers!

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luca January 15, 2010 at 12:48 pm

i’ve been a huge fan of them and i’m disappointed they have not addressed this. i sent them an email as well.


Sommer January 15, 2010 at 3:42 pm

The voluntary withdrawal was only on lot number “ 09323 best buy 111911”. There were only 84 retailers that may have received the product. The retail stores have been notified and if the retailer had this lot then the product was pulled. There are only 17 cases that have not been recovered. If you would like further information to help determine if you have this lot please visit our website or call us at 1-800-664-7387.


lesliek January 15, 2010 at 9:25 pm

It always amazes me that pfc’s can have someone watching all the pet blogs,but can’t test their food for safety. Want to impress us ? Test your food & be open about any & all problems. Be very public about it so no one continues to feed it for lack of knowing. If any pfc actually did this,they would increase their customer base.


Maureen January 20, 2010 at 3:56 pm

I agree Leslie, its obvious they watch these blogs or do google searches so they can go in and put out fires. Sommer, how bout telling us why Merrick didnt catch this problem before the food was sold? Makes me worry about what your testing protocol is…if you have one. One would have thunk salmonella would be a routine test being done on pet food….


Poco January 22, 2010 at 5:05 am

Testing of food and discarding any contaminated food is what needs to be done. They must not try to irradiate contaminated food to sterilize it. We know that resulted in cats being paralyzed and small dog’s getting Fanconi-like syndrome when high lysine foods were irradiated.


Fanconi’s is known to be caused by too much lysine in the diet, and food irradiation lowers available amino acid content except for lysine, which it increases.

Am J Kidney Dis. 1996 Oct;28(4):614-7.
Fanconi’s syndrome and tubulointerstitial nephritis in association with L-lysine ingestion

Effect of Gamma Irradiation on the Nutritional Quality of Grains and Legumes.II. Changes in Amino Acid Profiles and Available Lysine*1
(*1 Contribution No. 88-585-J, Kansas Agricultural Experiment Station.)
Amal Badshah Khattak* and C. F. Klopfenstein**
(* Nuclear Institute for Food and Agriculture, Tarnab, Peshawar, Pakistan.)
(**Dept. of Grain Science and Industry, Kansas State University, Manhattan 66502.)
American Association of Cereal Chemists, Inc., Vol.66, No.3, 1989, 171-172


Wheat, maize, chickpea, and mung been seeds were irradiated at 0.5, 1.0, 2.5, and 5.0 kGy in a cobalt-60 gamma cell. Nonirradiated seeds served as controls. comparison of amino acid profiles showed that sulfur-containing amino acids were radiationlabile, particularly in the legumes. Significant losses in all cultivars also were noted for lysine, tyrosine, and isoleucine. However, the percent available lysine was higher in the irradiated seeds.


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