Logansport, IN (PRWEB) November 01, 2012
Scott Starr, of the Indiana law firm of Starr, Austen & Miller, LLP, announced that the firm is investigating the recall of baked pet treats sold by the Kasel Company due to concerns over salmonella contamination.
The Colorado based company, Kasel Associated Industries, produces a variety of edible pet treat lines. It has recalled its Nature’s Deli Chicken Jerky Dog Treats, Boots and Barkley Pig Ears and Boots and Barkley American Variety Pack Dog Treats. The Nature’s Deli Chicken Jerky Dog Treats were sold in 2.5 pound stand-up pouches through Sam’s Club stores. The packages of the recalled run of treats are marked with the bar code 647263800208 and a best-buy date of 091913 DEN. The possibly contaminated packages were distributed throughout Sam’s Club stores in the Central Plains and Midwest including, Colorado, Iowa, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming. (Source: http://www.veterinarypracticenews.com/vet-breaking-news/2012/10/04/natures-deli-chicken-jerky-recalled.aspx)
The Boots and Barkley Pig Ears are marked with UPC bar code 647263899158 while the Boots and Barkley American Variety Pack Dog Treats were marked with UPC bar code 490830400086. Both Boots and Barkley products were distributed nationwide through Target retailers throughout the month of August. (Source: http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm324279.htm)
The FDA issued the recall after a routine sampling of the impacted run of treats tested positive for containing the bacteria salmonella. While the primary danger is of course to pets that would be directly ingesting the contaminated treats, there is also a significant threat of human infection through the handling of infected treats or coming into contact with surfaces that have had contact with the contaminated treats.
Individuals that purchased the possibly contaminated treats are advised to return the treats to the place of purchase for a full refund. If you or your pet have been exposed to the possibly contaminated product you should monitor yourself and your pet for the symptoms of salmonella poisoning and seek treatment from a medical profession at the first sign of infection. A description of symptoms to be aware of are listed on the FDA’s recall page found here: http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm322471.htm.
Starr, who is a partner of the firm with experience in products liability cases, stated, “Our pets are often thought of as beloved family members, so if they are injured we want to get compensation for their illness. However, the law does not treat injuries to pets the same as to humans, and therefore not exactly the same type of damages are compensable as in a human related food poisoning case. Examples of damages that may be compensable in such as case as this include your costs for veterinary expenses related to the illness and its treatment, or costs related to your pet’s death.”
The FDA indicates that there have been no reports of illness in either people or pets linked to the contamination, but due to the virulent nature of the salmonella bacteria they are still monitoring the situation and request that any such cases be reported immediately to your local Health Department. (Source: http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm322471.htm)
If you purchased one of the packages of treats in the recall and later contracted a bacterial infection, or you’ve incurred damages because of your pet’s illness, you may be able to seek legal recourse in the form of a product liability lawsuit. Talk to an experienced personal injury attorney who also has experience with products liability who can help you understand your options.