Kasel Associated Industries of Denver is recalling Boots & Barkley American Beef Bully Sticks because of Salmonella risk, according to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration.
The recalled American Beef Bully Sticks, which come in a clear plastic bag and contain six sticks, were distributed nationwide through Target retail stores from April through September 2012.
The recalled bags are marked with the bar code number 647263899189.
Kasel is recalling all lot numbers of the sticks after tests by Colorado’s Department of Agriculture found salmonella in the following four lots: BESTBY20APR2014DEN, BESTBY01JUN2014DEN, BESTBY23JUN2014DEN, and BESTBY23SEP2014DEN.
According to the FDA:
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 the recalled product and has any of these signs, please contact your veterinarian.
The FDA also warns that people can be affected as well:
Humans are at risk for salmonella poisoning from handling contaminated pet products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the pet products or any surfaces exposed to these products.
Bully sticks are dried bull penises. They are known by a variety of names — beef pizzles, beef sticks, pizzle sticks, steer sticks — but they are all dried bull penises.