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I just read this on another Basset Forum. Some of you use bully sticks as I do for Bogie Carter. The ones we use are made by Red Barn and are not included in the recall. *** See end of recall post for that info.
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FDA News
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P07-58
April 5, 2007
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FDA Issues Health Hazard Alert for Pet Chews Due to Contamination with Salmonella
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today warned consumers not to use American Bullie A.B. Bull Pizzle Puppy Chews and Dog Chews manufactured and distributed by T.W. Enterprises, Ferndale, WA, because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, which can cause serious infections in dogs and cats, and, if there is cross contamination, in people, especially children, the aged, and people with compromised immune systems. Consumers who have the pet treats manufactured or distributed by T.W. Enterprises listed below should not feed them to their pets, but instead dispose of them in a safe manner (e.g., in a securely covered trash receptacle).

Salmonella can potentially be transferred to people handling these pet treats, 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. Rarely, 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 providers.

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. Well animals 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 products covered by this alert include all sizes and lots of:

American Bullie A.B. Bull Pizzle Puppy Chew and Dog Chew (made from all American beef pizzle)

Following is a list of the affected products:

A.B. Small Chew, small, 3-4 inch
A.B. Puppy Chew, 4-6 inch
A.B. Dog Chew Medium, 6 inch
A.B. Dog Chew Large, 10 inch
A.B. Dog Chew XL, 13 inch
A.B. Dog Chew Mega, 16 inch
A.B. Dog Chew Jumbo, 26 inch
FDA collected samples of packages of three different sizes of bull pizzle (beef) dog chews manufactured by T.W. Enterprises and, after analysis, found Salmonella in one of them. FDA is including in its alert all sizes and all lots of bull pizzle chews manufactured by T. W. Enterprises because pizzles used in manufacturing the chews are processed at the same time, cut into chews of the desired sizes, and then packaged for sale. Differently sized chews are thus obtained from the same batch or lot of pizzles and manufactured under conditions that facilitate cross-contamination within batches or lots. It is impossible to differentiate chews manufactured by T. W. Enterprises by lot or batch numbers or dates of manufacture because packages of the firm’s chews are not coded with batch or lot numbers, and do not specify the dates of manufacture or bear expiration dates.

FDA is actively investigating this matter to determine the source of this problem, and will issue future updates as appropriate.
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Red Barn information:

I just checked the "bully sticks" we have for Bogie. They were purchased at Pet Co. and are made by Red Barn. I just went to the Red Barn site on the internet:

www.redbarninc.com/default.aspx

and this is the statement they have posted.
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Dear Redbarn Customers,

We want you to know that we are not in any way involved in the recent recall on bully sticks. We are not in any way affiliated with T.W. Enterprises nor do we obtain any ingredients from them. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions.

Thank you,

Sue Jonsson

Customer Service Manager
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Red Barn's description of Bully Sticks:

Regular Bully Sticks

These lightly smoked, natural beef muscles are roasted in their natural juices. Highly palatable, this treat becomes chewy when wet, helps keep teeth clean and provides hours of long lasting enjoyment.
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Bogie and his "Bully stick".
He was biting big chunks off of regular rawhides and we were pulling them out of his throat. We went to the "bully sticks' for something to chew on, and they become chewy, and don't come off in chunks. Bogie loves them.
 

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While Red Barn's description is accurate -- a fuller explanation of a Bully Stick would include that they are made of dried bull penises. :eek: :blink:

That said, dogs apparently LOVE them.
 

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We live in a very small town and don’t' have any big pet stores around here but we went out of town the past few days where they had a Pet Smart and I found some of the Bully Sticks. I had to buy some after hearing so much about them on this website. Thankfully Red Barn made these. My dogs loved them but boy did they have a very strong smell. Do all the bully sticks have this strong smell?
 

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Oh ...I just don't think I can do that .... :blink: ... :blink: We'll just skip that treat. Thanks for answering my question, though. Good to know.

They sure do find a use for every piece of a cow, don't they?!
 
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