"Salmonella can sicken animals that eat these products and humans are at risk for salmonella poisoning from handling contaminated pet products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the pet products or any surfaces exposed to these products," officials of Kasel Associated Industries in Denver said in a statement.
"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. In rare cases, Salmonella could result in arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation and urinary tract symptoms."
Pets with Salmonella might be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever and vomiting, but some pets would have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain, company officials said.
"Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans," Kasel officials said. "If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has any of these signs, please contact your veterinarian."
The product sold nationwide in Target retail stores from April through September came in a clear plastic bag containing six bully sticks marked with bar code number 647263899189. Kasel Industries with the lot numbers: BESTBY20APR2014DEN, BESTBY01JUN2014DEN, BESTBY23JUN2014DEN and BESTBY23SEP2014DEN.
No illnesses have been reported to date in animals or humans in connection with this problem and no other products made by Kasel Associated Industries were included in the recall, Kasel said.
For more information contact Kasel Associated Industries at 1-800-218-4417 Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. MDT.