FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, September 28, 2015
Consumer Advisory: Good’n’Fun Beef Hide Chicken Sticks pet treats under a stop sale in Georgia for potential health risks to humans and pets
Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary W. Black is alerting Georgians to a consumer advisory about “Good ‘n’ Fun Beef hide Chicken Sticks” pet treats distributed in Georgia by Salix Animal Health, LLC. Georgia Department of Agriculture (GDA) inspectors will be checking retail stores and warehouses to make sure the products have been placed under a stop sale to prevent further distribution and to prevent the sale of these products to consumers.
“Good ‘n’ Fun Beef hide Chicken Sticks” pet treats have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. Salmonella can affect animals eating the products and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products or any surfaces exposed to these products.
“Good ‘n’ Fun Beef hide Chicken Sticks” were sold in Georgia in 2.8 oz. packages and the package displays the lot number A015010EX03/2018, a UPC number of 0 91093 82247 1 and Item # 82247. The products were distributed by Salix Animal Health, LLC, of Deerfield Beach, Fla.
The stop sale was initiated after routine testing by the GDA revealed the presence of Salmonella. The product should not be sold or fed to pets. If consumers have the product at home, they are encouraged to dispose of it in the garbage.
Healthy people infected with Salmonella may experience symptoms of nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. 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. Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed this product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.
The GDA Agriculture Inputs Program may be contacted for additional information at 404-656-4958.
About the GDA The Georgia Department of Agriculture (GDA) is the voice of the state’s agriculture community. The department's mission is to provide excellence in services and regulatory functions, to protect and promote agriculture and consumer interests, and to ensure an abundance of safe food and fiber for Georgia, America, and the world by using state-of-the-art technology and a professional workforce. For more information, visit www.agr.georgia.gov.