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Washington, DC, United States (AHN) – Hartz Mountain Corp. is voluntarily recalling 75,000 bags of dog treats after tests by the Food and Drug Administration found salmonella in the product.
The New Jersey-based pet food company is pulling out one lot of Hartz Naturals Real Beef Treats for Dogs. It said the 8-ounce bags of treats were imported from a Brazilian supplier, Bertin, which found the food safe in its regular tests.
A random sample testing by the FDA, however, found the presence of salmonella, a bacteria that can cause infection in humans and animals, and can be fatal to young children, the elderly and those with weak immune systems. Symptoms of salmonellosis include diarrhea, nausea and fever.
The company is warning consumers to stop feeding their pets snacks whose bags bear the lot code BZ0969101E. Pet owners who are unable to find the lot code on the bags should also discontinue using the treats.
“Hartz is aggressively investigating the source of the problem… [and] taking immediate steps to remove the product from all retail stores and distribution centers,” the company said in a statement.
Hartz says it has not received reports of animals or humans falling ill from consuming or coming into contact with its dog treats.
The company is offering customers reimbursements for the recalled treats. Pet owners can also contact a hotline at any time for concerns.