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FDA Health Alert for Merrick Beef Filet Squares Dog Treats

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a health alert for Merrick Beef Filet Squares Dog Treats on January 14, 2010. Merrick voluntarily withdrew the treats from the market on January 11, but as of January 15 there were 20 cases of the affected dog treats still unaccounted for and possibly in people’s homes. The treats may be contaminated with Salmonella poses a health risk to pets who consume them as well as people who handle or come in contact with them.

Salmonella Detected in December, 2009

During routine testing, the FDA found Salmonella bacteria in Merrick Beef Filet Squares Dog Treats in December, 2009. A follow-up inspection on December 28, 2009 found deficiencies in the manufacturing and packages processes.

Treats Affected by the Health Alert

The defective dog treats are marked “9323 best by 111911”. This is printed on the part of the bag that is discarded when the package is opened. The treats were packaged in 10oz, red, green, and tan, re-sealable, plastic bags.

If you have or suspect that you may have the potentially contaminated treats, do not feed them to your dog and do not handle them. Dispose of the treats in a sealed container. Wash your hands and thoroughly clean any containers, dishes, and surfaces that the treats may have come into contact with.

Salmonella poisoning can be fatal to you, your children, and your pets.

If you believe that you, your dog, or a loved one has become ill from eating or coming into contact with recalled dog treats or any other product that was discovered to be defective or dangerous in any way, please contact the experienced defective products attorneys at Schlichter, Bogard & Denton, serving clients nationwide.

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