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Bull Pizzle Recal..

April 6th, 2007, 04:20 PM
FDA Issues Health Hazard Alert for Pet Chews Due to Contamination with

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today warned consumers not to use
American Bullie A.B. Bull Pizzle Puppy Chews and Dog Chews manufactured and
distributed by T.W. Enterprises, Ferndale, WA, because they have the potential
to be contaminated with Salmonella, which can cause serious infections in dogs
and cats, and, if there is cross contamination, in people, especially children,
the aged, and people with compromised immune systems. Consumers who have the
pet treats manufactured or distributed by T.W. Enterprises listed below should
not feed them to their pets, but instead dispose of them in a safe manner
(e.g., in a securely covered trash receptacle).

Salmonella can potentially be transferred to people handling these pet treats,
especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact
with the products or any surfaces exposed to these products. 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. Rarely, Salmonella can result in more serious ailments,
including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye
irritation, and urinary tract symptoms. Consumers exhibiting these signs after
having contact with this product should contact their healthcare providers.

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. Well animals can be carriers and infect other animals
or humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these
symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.

The products covered by this alert include all sizes and lots of:
American Bullie A.B. Bull Pizzle Puppy Chew and Dog Chew (made from all
American beef pizzle)
Following is a list of the affected products:
" A.B. Small Chew, small, 3-4 inch
" A.B. Puppy Chew, 4-6 inch
" A.B. Dog Chew Medium, 6 inch
" A.B. Dog Chew Large, 10 inch
" A.B. Dog Chew XL, 13 inch
" A.B. Dog Chew Mega, 16 inch
" A.B. Dog Chew Jumbo, 26 inch

FDA collected samples of packages of three different sizes of bull pizzle
(beef) dog chews manufactured by T.W. Enterprises and, after analysis, found
Salmonella in one of them. FDA is including in its alert all sizes and all lots
of bull pizzle chews manufactured by T. W. Enterprises because pizzles used in
manufacturing the chews are processed at the same time, cut into chews of the
desired sizes, and then packaged for sale. Differently sized chews are thus
obtained from the same batch or lot of pizzles and manufactured under
conditions that facilitate cross-contamination within batches or lots. It is
impossible to differentiate chews manufactured by T. W. Enterprises by lot or
batch numbers or dates of manufacture because packages of the firm's chews are
not coded with batch or lot numbers, and do not specify the dates of
manufacture or bear expiration dates.
FDA is actively investigating this matter to determine the source of this
problem, and will issue future updates as appropriate.

April 6th, 2007, 04:37 PM
It's getting so ridiculous now, it's almost funny. Almost. :sad:

April 6th, 2007, 05:36 PM
Makes me wonder if all this wasn't necessarily being caught before, and now they are analyzing everything.. With all these salmonella recalls.. I haven't seen loads of those all together before..

April 6th, 2007, 05:48 PM
yeah... i guess this opens up a good reply to the "raw food is dangerous because it has salmonella" missile... :rolleyes:

April 7th, 2007, 10:37 PM
It's been known for a long time that bully sticks, pigs ears, hooves, rawhide, etc. have the potential of being contaminated with salmonella.

April 9th, 2007, 01:30 AM
Yeah, that's what I thought.

And honestly, who doesn't wash their hands after handling bully pizzle? :confused: