On July 2nd 2010, Merrick recalled selected lots of its 10 oz "Beef Filet Squares for Dogs (Texas Hold’Ems)" because they had the potential to contaminated with Salmonella. The affected lots were # 10084TL7 with a "Best By" ate of March 24th 2010. Then in early August it expanded this recall to include lot # 10127 with a "Best By" date of May 6th 2012. Now, the company has expanded the recall again, without further explanation, to include all lots of it’s 10 oz "Beef Filet Squares for Dogs (Texas Hold’Ems)". The affected lots were all sold in 10 oz plastic bags, and the products could have been purchased anywhere throughout the United States, and distributors have been notified to return their stock.
The recall comes after a sample of the product tested positive for Salmonella. However, no illnesses have been reported to date for either of the recalled lots. This is the third recall this year that has affected Merrick’s Beef Filet Squares. In January, the company recalled a larger amount of the product also due to possible Salmonella contamination. Consumers who have purchased affected Merrick products are asked to return the product, or any remaining portion of it, to where it was purchased for a full refund.
Salmonella can cause serious infections in dogs, and, if there is cross-contamination caused by handling of the dry food, in people as well. 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. Animals can be carriers with no visible symptoms and can potentially infect other animals of humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms you should contact your veterinarian.