recall joeys jerkyAnother day, another dog food/treat recall… This time it’s Joey’s Jerky Chicken Jerky Pet Treats due to Salmonella. A New Hampshire company is recalling a line of dog treats after three dozen people became sick.

The state public health department says Kritter’s Kitchen Kreations of Loudon is voluntarily recalling its Joey’s Jerky chicken jerky for pets due to possible Salmonella risk.  Joey’s Jerky is produced in New Hampshire and the manufacturer, Kritter’s Kitchen Kreations, LLC, has voluntarily recalled all of the product sold at the following six stores: America’s Pet in Hudson, Blue Seal in Bow, K9 Kaos in Dover, Osborne’s Agway in Concord, Sandy’s Pet Food Center in Concord, and The Yellow Dogs Barn in Barrington.

At least 21 people in Merrimack and Hillsborough Counties have been identified with the same strain of the illness and authorities are now testing for confirmation.

“While uncommon, pet food and treats can sometimes be contaminated with Salmonella, which is why it is so important for pet owners to wash their hands after handling pet food and treats,” said Dr. José Montero, Director of Public Health at DHHS. “I want to commend the manufacturer of Joey’s Jerky for their cooperation in this investigation and the epidemiologists here at Public Health for their excellent work. Salmonella can be a serious illness and the sooner the source of an outbreak is identified the sooner it can be stopped.”

Salmonella bacteria causes diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps, often within 12 to 72 hours after infection. The illness usually lasts from four to seven days. Most people recover without treatment, but severe infections can occur and, in rare cases, can cause death unless the person is treated with antibiotics.

Dogs and cats that become ill from a salmonella infection generally will have diarrhea that may contain blood or mucus, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Affected animals may seem more tired than usual and may have a fever or vomit. Some cats do not develop diarrhea but will have a decreased appetite, fever and excess salivation; other animals may have a salmonella infection but not appear sick, according to the CDC.

If your dog or cat has these signs of illness or if you are concerned your pet may have a salmonella infection, contact your pet’s veterinarian. Let your veterinarian know whether your pet recently consumed a recalled product. Do not feed your pet any more of the recalled products. Dispose of the products immediately.

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