Barkworthies® Issues Nationwide Recall of Chicken Vittles Dog Chews
Consumer Contact: (877) 993-4257
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – December 24th, 2014 - (Richmond, VA) Barkworthies of
Richmond, VA is recalling select lots of Barkworthies Chicken Vittles dog chews because
they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. Salmonella can affect animals
eating the products and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products,
especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the
products or any surfaces exposed to these products.
Healthy people infected with Salmonella should monitor themselves for some or all of the
following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping
and fever. Salmonella can result in more serious ailments, including arterial infections,
endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms. Consumers
exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product should contact their healthcare
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 these symptoms, please
contact your veterinarian.
The recalled product was distributed nationwide beginning on May 6th, 2014. The product
can be identified by the Lot Code printed on the side of the plastic pouch. This product is
being recalled as it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.
BARKWORTHIES CHICKEN VITTLES
Lot Code: 1254T1
Size: 16 oz. Plastic Pouch
Best Used by Date: May 2016
The recall was initiated after routine testing by the Colorado Department of Agriculture
revealed the presence of Salmonella in a single lot of the product. This batch tested
negative by a third party independent laboratory prior to release for distribution to
consumers. No additional products are affected by this recall. The company has received
no reports of illness in either people or animals associated with these products to date.
The recalled product should not be sold or fed to pets. For a full refund, pet owners should
return all unused product to their place of purchase along with a completed Product Recall
Claim Form available on the Barkworthies website www.barkworthies.com/recall.
More information on the recall can also be found at www.barkworthies.com/recall, or call
toll free (877) 993-4257 Monday through Friday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (EST).
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