Redbarn Pet Products, LLC has advised its customers on Feb. 10, 2018, that they are voluntarily recalling its Redbarn Naturals Bully Stick Dog Chews (7-inch) because they are potentially contaminated with Salmonella.
This recall has been completed, and the FDA has terminated this recall.
What Is Salmonella?
Salmonella is a highly infectious bacteria commonly found in most reported cases of food-related illnesses in the United States and globally. Both humans and animals can carry salmonella in their intestines in addition to feces. Salmonella often spreads in contaminated foods.
Common symptoms of Salmonella poisoning in humans include:
- Abdominal cramping
- Upset Stomach
In severe cases, Salmonella can cause arterial infections, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and endocarditis. Anyone displaying such symptoms should contact their healthcare providers immediately.
Common symptoms of Salmonella poisoning in dogs include:
- Bloody diarrhea
- Abdominal pain
- Decreased appetite
If your pet has consumed the above recalled product and has any of these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian immediately.
What’s Being Recalled?
The following products were sold and distributed in pet specialty retail stores.
The product directly affected by this recall comes in a 2.4 ounce, green plastic bag. This bag is marked with the expiration date of 112120ABC, which can be located on the side.
Product UPC is #7 85184 25105 8.
No illnesses, complaints or injuries have been reported which are directly linked to this recall.
Why Is It Being Recalled?
The company has provided the following information:
“On 2/5/2018, we were notified by the Colorado Department of Agriculture that a single sample collected from a retail location detected Salmonella.
“At Redbarn, we test every product lot before it leaves our manufacturing plant. This lot code, expiry date 112120ABC, was tested both at our Redbarn lab and by a third-party testing facility. Those tests were negative for Salmonella or pathogens.
“Despite not being able to replicate these test results or receiving any negative reports from customers regarding these chews, we feel the best course of action is to recall this lot code of the product and keep our customers safe”.
“In issuing this voluntary recall in conjunction with the FDA, we are standing by our core values of quality and integrity.
“At Redbarn, we do the right thing for our customers.
“That means that we hold ourselves to the highest safety and quality assurance standards and take all precautions to prevent situations like a recall from happening.
“Family-owned Redbarn takes the safety of our product, pets, and customers as a number one concern.
“Redbarn employs an extensive Quality Assurance team that run over 400 safety tests on their products every week.
“Products like the 7-inch bully sticks are tested multiple times, for bacteria like Salmonella, coliforms and enteros.
“A product is declared safe to ship only after it tests negatively for these bacteria and other pathogens.”
What Do I Do Now?
Customers are actively encouraged to double-check the lot code located on their products to see if it affected.
Pet owners are advised that they must discontinue using the product immediately if they have the affected dog chews.
Consumers that purchased the 7-inch Bully Stick multipacks with the above-stated lot code, should return them to the original place of purchase for a full refund.
Customers with any questions are asked to email the company directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. The company also advises affected consumers to contact them on 800-775-3849, between the hours of 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM PT, Monday to Friday.
U.S citizens that wish to report a complaint about FDA-regulated pet food must do so via their consumer complaint coordinator in their local area.
Alternatively, go to http://www.fda.gov/petfoodcomplaints.
Any Canadian citizens wishing to report any health and safety concerns relating to this product can report it by filling in the Consumer Product Incident Report Form.
You can go back to our list of dog food recalls in the U.S.