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NEW Pet food recall: Merrick Beef Filet Squares Dog Treats

by Therese on July 2, 2010

in Dogs, Pet Food Recall, Pet Health

Pet food recall: Merrick-Beef-Filet-Squares, due to possible contamination with salmonellaYesterday the FDA sent a letter to Garth Merrick, owner of Tejas Industries about the recall of Merrick Beef Filet Squares Dog Treats back in January. The FDA wants to know why Merrick didn’t let customers know they’d recalled the dog treats due to salmonella contamination. Instead, they said it was from improper processing.

Just now I found a new notice for a recall for Merrick Beef Filet Squares Dog Treats, dated today, for the very same dog treats but with a different lot number. The treats recalled in January had the lot number of 9323. The ones recalled today have the lot number of 10084TL7. This is a new recall.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 2, 2010
Customer Inquiries: (800) 664-7387
Other Inquiries: JAMES WITCHER, COO (806) 322-2806

MERRICK PET CARE RECALLS BEEF FILET SQUARES 10oz BAG (ITEM # 60016 LOT # 10084TL7 BEST BY MARCH 24,2012) BECAUSE OF POSSIBLE SALMONELLA HEALTH RISK

Merrick Pet Care, Inc. of Amarillo, Texas is recalling 86 cases of its 10oz “Beef Filet Squares for Dogs” pet treats (ITEM # 60016 LOT # 10084TL7 BEST BY MARCH 24, 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 receptcial.

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 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 10oz plastic bags marked with “Lot # 10084TL7 Best By Mar 24, 2012” on the top of the bag and on a sticker applied to the bottom.

No illnesses have been reported to date. FDA collected a surveillance sample of “Merrick Beef Filet Squares for Dogs” (lot #10084TL7) which were purchased from a retail store. The sample tested positive for Salmonella.
Consumers who have purchased 10 ounce packages of “Beef Filet Squares for Dogs” 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.

The recall notice can be found on the Merrick website: Merrick Pet Care Recalls Beef Filet Squares 10oz Bag (ITEM # 60016 LOT # 10084TL7 Best By March 24, 2012) Because of Possible Salmonella Health Risk.

Call me a bad sport if you want, but this irritates me for a number of reasons. As of July 2 at 8:45 pm CT:

  • The recall notice is NOT posted on the front page of Merrick’s website.
  • The recall notice is NOT posted on the Beef Filet Squares 10oz order page.
  • The recall notice is posted on their website but not prominently. To find it click on About Us and then on News and Info, and the recall notice is at the top of the list of news items. How many people are going to go to that page before ordering something from their website?!
  • The recall was announced on a Friday – not just a Friday, but a Friday before a holiday!

Merrick may have gotten one thing right with this recall. As far as I can tell, it was posted on the Merrick website before it was posted on the FDA website. (I don’t see it on the FDA website yet.)

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Jeanne July 12, 2010 at 11:12 am

I work with Merrick Pet Care and totally respect your opinion. However, I just wanted to update you on a few items that you posted.

1. Merrick released the information as soon as they were given the go ahead from the FDA. It was purely coincidental that it was July 4th weekend and actually not a benefit to Merrick at all.
2. The recall was posted to the home page as a rotator graphic with all the pertinent information and a link to the release that weekend.
3. A tweet was sent out with the same information and link to the press release as well on Saturday.
4. To date – 72% of the recalled cases have been reclaimed and Merrick is working closely with both retailers and distributors to find the remaining.

Merrick appreciates you helping to get the word out, but please know, Merrick main concern is the welfare of the pets and pet owners who use their products.

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Carol V August 4, 2010 at 6:39 am

recall expanded..
http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5hHCGj0yxFA6eDknOtLttZKKyG1OQD9HCAFG00
Associated Press August 3, 2010

“Merrick Pet Care Inc. has expanded its recall of dog treats that may be contaminated with salmonella. Salmonella can affect animals, and people who handle contaminated pet food can become infected with salmonella, especially if they haven’t thoroughly washed their hands. No illnesses have been reported in people or pets, according to the Amarillo, Texas, company. The newly recalled Beef Filet Squares, also sold as Texas Hold ‘Ems, were sold in 10-ounce plastic bags marked with the best by date of May 6, 2012, and the lot number 10127.”

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