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Berkley & Jensen Pig Ear Recall

rainbow
March 14th, 2007, 03:05 PM
Please cross post and send to media:

Georgia Alert: March 13 2007 from the Georgia Department of
Agriculture: BJ's Recalls Dog Treats

Georgia Department of Agriculture
Tommy Irvin, Commissioner
19 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. SW
Atlanta, GA 30334
www.agr.georgia. gov

PRESS RELEASE March 13, 2007 FOR
IMMEDIATE RELEASE

For information contact: Arty Schronce, Jackie Sosby or Yao Seidu
404-656-368

BJ's Recalls Dog Treats:

Agriculture Commissioner Tommy Irvin is alerting Georgians that a
type of dog treat is being recalled because of potential for Salmonella
contamination.

BJ's Wholesale Club, Inc. is recalling its 25-count packages of "Berkley &
Jensen" Full-Cut Pig Ears dog treats with no lot number and only the
expiration advisory "BEST IF USED BY 2009" (without referencing a
specific month) because they have the potential to be contaminated with
Salmonella, an organism which can cause serious infections in dogs, and, if
there is cross-contamination , young children, frail or elderly people and
others with weakened immune systems. Consumers should immediately stop
feeding the treats to their pets.

Salmonella can potentially be transferred to people handling these
dog treats, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands
after having contact with the product or any surfaces exposed to these
products. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever,
diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare
circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting
into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial
infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis. Consumers
exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product should
contact their healthcare providers.

Dogs that become ill from Salmonella generally will have a fever and
diarrhea that may contain blood or mucus. Affected animals may seem
more tired than usual, and may have vomiting. Some dogs do not have
diarrhea, but will have decreased appetite, fever and excess salivation. If
your dog has consumed the recalled product and is exhibiting these signs,
please contact your veterinarian.

BJ's members who purchased "Berkley & Jensen" Full-Cut Pig Ears dog treats
between January 1, 2006, through March 8, 2007, should discontinue use of
the product and may return the unused portion to any BJ's Wholesale Club for
a full refund. Consumers who have further questions may contact BJ's toll
free Member Care line at 1-800-BJS-CLUB.
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Sent by:
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1317 Hearst Drive
Atlanta GA 30319
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breeze
March 14th, 2007, 03:33 PM
WOW !!
thank you for this post I am sure people who give them to their doggies will thank you also. :thumbs up I just forward it to a couple of friends that buy pig ears not sure if it the same ones, they will be able to tell me

I myself don't give them to bree the vet told me that they are like butter and are to fattening and I should never give them to her...... so I don't :)

rainbow
March 14th, 2007, 04:01 PM
I doubt that they are available in Canada. I posted it in case there are members here mainly from Georgia. I don't feed them or rawhides because of the possibility of bacteria contamination.

Prin
March 14th, 2007, 04:13 PM
Weird. I thought it was normal for pig ears to have salmonella.:o Puppies should never have pig ears though because their immune systems might not be strong enough to fight all the different pathogens on them...

clm
March 15th, 2007, 07:29 AM
Both of my dogs loved pigs ears, but they were too hard on their tummies.

Cindy

rainbow
March 15th, 2007, 07:10 PM
I don't think they all have salmonella but the potential is definitely there. I do think that all manufacturers of pig ears, hooves, rawhide and any other dried animal parts :rolleyes: should have to print on their packaging that the product could contain the possibility of bacteria contamination.

Prin
March 16th, 2007, 12:18 AM
The ones I used to buy at Costco did. The bag said to be sure to wash any surfaces they might come into contact with...