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Posted on Mon, Jan 31, 2011 : 10:44 a.m.

Merrick Pet Care recalls Jr. Texas Taffy pet treat

By Deb Kern

Although no illnesses have been reported to date, Merrick Pet Care Inc. of Amarillo, Texas is recalling the Jr. Texas Taffy pet treat (Item #27077, UPC #02280827077) and all lots up to an including 10264. These have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. These treats were shipped to retailers across the U.S.

It’s important to realize that Salmonella can affect animals, and there is also a risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products. Anyone handling the treats can become infected if they do not thoroughly wash their hands after having contact with the chews. 

These treats should be disposed of by securing them in a covered trash receptacle. You can also return the unused portion to the place you purchased them for a full refund. If you have any questions, consumers can call 1-800-664-7387, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CST.

Pets that have been infected by Salmonella may show the following signs:

  • Diarrhea or bloody diarrhea

  • Fever and vomiting

  • Extreme tiredness or lethargy

If your pet has eaten these treats and is showing any of these signs please contact your veterinarian immediately.

People infected by Salmonella should look for the following signs:

  • Nausea and vomiting

  • Abdominal cramping and diarrhea

  • Fever and in serious cases additional ailments

If you’ve handled these treats and are experiencing any of these signsm contact your healthcare provider immediately.

The Humane Society of Huron Valley posts all pet food and pet treat recalls on our web site at