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   WASHINGTON -- Sergeant's Pet Products of Omaha, Nebraska is, according to
this story, recalling certain batches of Uncle Sam's pet treats because of the possibility of salmonella contamination.
      The story says that the company recalled batches of the treats in Canada in
November after Canadian officials discovered possible salmonella contamination.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration encouraged Sergeant's to recall the same products in the United States as a precaution, said company spokesman Joel Adamson.
   Recalled are the following Uncle Sam's products: Steer-N-Chew Treat Pack,
with the UPC code 73091-81623; Steer-N-Hog Treat Pack, UPC 73091-81624;
Steer-N-Chew Christmas, UPC 73091-81623; Chew-N-Moo, UPC 73091-81618; Steer-N-Hog Christmas Treat Pack, UPC 73091-81624C; and Old West Beef Trachea, UPC 73091-81918.
   After Canadian authorities reported an outbreak of salmonella last fall
among dog owners, the FDA began warning dog owners to wash their hands
thoroughly after touching dog chews made from pork- or beef-derived
materials. Salmonella-tainted treats are not considered a risk for dogs. Pet
owners can become ill by touching the mouth or food before washing.

U.S. Food and Drug Administration Issues
Warning About Contaminated Pet Chews / October 4, 1999
     The Food and Drug Administration has issued a nationwide public health warning alerting consumers about a number of recent cases  in Canada of human illnesses apparently related to contact with dog chew products made from pork or beef-derived  materials (e.g., pigs ears, beef jerky treats, smoked  hooves, pigs skins, etc.).
     These products may pose a risk of bacterial infection such  as Salmonella infantis which can cause flu-like symptoms (e.g., nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain and diarrhea) in  normally healthy people, but may cause far more serious - even life-threatening injury in immune-compromised  patients.
     FDA is urging pet owners who have these products to  handle them carefully. Anyone who comes in contact with  these treats should wash their hands with hot water and  soap. Elderly people, young children, and people with weakened immune systems are particularly at risk from exposure and should avoid any contact with these chews.
      Initial reports of illnesses came from Canada and involved  Canadian products, but subsequent examination of similar  products produced in the U.S. indicate that all pet chew  products of this type may pose a risk.
     FDA is working with other U.S. and Canadian health authorities on this issue and has issued an import bulletin on products that have been directly linked to illnesses. The  import bulletin focuses FDAs attention on imported pig  ears at ports of entry for possible sampling and analysis.
      FDA is also examining the manufacturing processes for  products containing pig ears to determine how this product,  and similar products, can be made safely.