dog treat recalls

75,000 Bags of Hartz Dog Treats Recalled

The pet-food manufacturer is warning pet owners to toss any potentially infected products.

75,000 Bags of Hartz Dog Treats Recalled

With a major dog treat recall underway, consider feeding your friend some homemade snacks.

RODALE NEWS, EMMAUS, PA—As you check your fridge for eggs included the recent massive egg recall, you'd better check your pup's treat drawer, too. Over the weekend, the large pet-food company Hartz recalled a lot of its "Natural Real Beef Treats for Dogs" due to potential Salmonella contamination, which puts people at as great a risk as it does dogs.

THE DETAILS: Hartz Mountain Company, which owns Hartz brand pet products, has recalled 74,700 bags of Hartz Naturals Real Beef Treats for Dogs sold in eight-ounce packages. All the recalled products are from a single lot, coded BZ0969101E and bearing the UPC number 32700-11519. The company is advising anyone who believes he or she may have purchased a recalled product to check the package for that specific lot code. If the code is on your package, or if you can't see a lot code of any sort on the package, discard the product and call Hartz Customer Service (800-275-1414) for information on how to get reimbursed.

The products were imported from Brazil, the company stated in a press release, and although tests from the supplier didn't detect Salmonella when the products were shipped, customs officials with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) did find the bacteria while doing random inspections.

WHAT IT MEANS: Dogs suffering from salmonella poisoning are often lethargic and suffer from a loss of appetite, and may have fevers, bloody stools or vomit, diarrhea, and abdominal pain. Salmonella can also afflict humans who handle the dog treats. Fortunately, the company hasn't had any reports of either ill people or dogs associated with this recall.

As Hartz investigates the source of this outbreak, you can make your own "natural" dog treats with safe ingredients. After all, just because a package says "natural" doesn't mean the ingredients are any safer or better regulated. The term natural isn't regulated by the FDA, and can mean whatever a food manufacturer would like you to believe.


Published on: September 7, 2010

More from our Authors

The 12-day power plan to flush toxins, balance hormones, and reset your body's most essential organ.
Free Download!
Sign up for our free newsletters and get a FREE guide to herbs for your pets. Shower your furry friends with love using natural food, care tips, and treats! Click here for the 6 herbs your pet needs to be happy and healthy, naturally.

Free Newsletter
Sign up for the FREE daily newsletter and get useful tips to keep yourself, your family, and the planet healthy and thriving.

  The Daily Fix
Authoritative reporting on the latest developments in health, food, and the environment

  Maria's Farm Country Kitchen Newsletter
Get cooking tips, learn about healthy living and even raising chickens—Maria does it all!

You may unsubscribe at any time.

Your Privacy Rights. About Us.