Eight in One Announces Canadian Recall of All Lots of Dingo(R) CHICK'N JERKY Treats for Dogs, Cats and Ferrets



    CINCINNATI, April 2 /CNW/ - Eight In One, a division of United Pet Group,
Inc., is voluntarily recalling across Canada all lots of Dingo(R) CHICK'N
JERKY treats due to company concerns that the jerky treats 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.

    The products affected were sold at various retailers. The products
subject to this voluntary recall are Dingo CHICK'N JERKY 3.5 oz. and 8 oz. for
dogs and Dingo Kitty CHICKEN JERKY 1.5 oz. for cats and Dingo Ferret CHICKEN
JERKY 1.5 oz for ferrets.

    Laboratory testing has shown that some samples of these chicken jerky
treats were contaminated with Salmonella. The company is recalling all these
products out of an abundance of caution.

    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 can have some or all of 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. Apparently well animals can be a carrier
and infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled
product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.

    The company has received one report of Salmonellosis in a dog. There are
no reports of human illness.

    These products are being removed from retail stores. Consumers should
immediately stop feeding these treats to their pets. The Canadian Food
Inspection Agency is monitoring the effectiveness of this recall.

    Consumers who purchased any of the above-identified CHICK'N JERKY TREATS
should discontinue use of the products and should discard the unused portion.
Consumer can obtain information on receiving refunds by contacting the Eight
In One consumer affairs department at 1-888-232-9889.

    Retailer and other inquiries into this recall should also be directed to
the Eight In One consumer affairs department at 1-800-645-5154 x 3.




For further information:

For further information: For Eight in One, Cincinnati MEDIA CONTACTS:
Janie Tully, Victoria Hofstad, 212-687-8080

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