Richmond, Va., based Barkworthies announced the recall of select lots of Barkworthies Chicken Vittles dog chews because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.
The dog chews were distributed nationwide beginning on May 6, and they can be identified by the lot code printed on the side of the plastic pouch. The following Barkworthies Chicken Vittles dog chews are being recalled:
BARKWORTHIES CHICKEN VITTLES
Lot Code: 1254T1
Size: 16 oz. Plastic Pouch
Best Used by Date: May 2016
The recall began after routine testing by the Colorado Department of Agriculture revealed the presence of Salmonella in a single lot of the chews. The batch tested negative by a third party independent laboratory prior to release for distribution to consumers. No additional products are affected by this recall, and the company has received no reports of illness in either people or animals associated with these products to date.
The Barkworthies Chicken Vittles dog chews should not be sold or fed to pets. For a full refund, pet owners can return all unused product to their place of purchase along with a completed Product Recall Claim Form available on the Barkworthies website www.barkworthies.com/recall.
Those thought at risk of being infected with Salmonella should monitor for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. Salmonella can result in more serious ailments including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation and urinary tract symptoms.
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 a pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, contact your veterinarian.
More information on the recall can also be found at www.barkworthies.com/recall, or call toll free (877) 993-4257 Monday through Friday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (EST).