FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 6, 2013
Jones Natural Chews Co (877) 481-2663 or (815) 874-9500
JONES NATURAL CHEWS CO RECALLS WOOFERS DOG TREATS BECAUSE OF POSSIBLE SALMONELLA HEALTH RISK
Jones Natural Chews Co of Rockford, IL is recalling 245 boxes of Woofers (beef patties) because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. Salmonella can affect animals and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products. People handling dry pet food and/or treats can become infected with Salmonella, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the chews 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. 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 recall was the result of a routine sampling program by Colorado Department of Agriculture Feed Program which revealed that the finished products contained the bacteria.
The Jones Natural Chews Woofers were distributed in AZ, CA, CO, PA, VA, and WI. They were shipped to distributors and retailers between November 1, 2012 and November 12, 2012 where they were available for purchase.
Jones Natural Chews Co Woofers (beef patties) bulk 50 count box, Item UPC 741956008169, Lot 2962GPS-Best By 10/22/15 and Lot 2892PAL-Best By 10/15/15
***Woofers in bulk 50 count box may be sold individually***
Jones Natural Chews Co Woofers (beef patties) 1 pack shrink-wrap, 50 count box, Item UPC 741956008657, Lot 3102, Best By 11/05/15.
Jones Natural Chews Co Woofers (beef patties) 1 pack shrink-wrap, 50 count box, Item UPC 741956008183, Lot 2892BF-Best By 10/15/15, Lot 2962PWV-Best By 10/22/15, Lot 2962ASC-Best By 10/22/15, and Lot 3032ASL-Best By 10/29/15.
Jones Natural Chews Co Woofers (beef patties) 2pack shrink-wrap, 25ct box, item UPC 741956008190, Lot 2962ASC-Best By 10/22/15 and Lot 3032ASL-Best By 10/29/15.
No illnesses have been reported to date.
Consumers who have purchased any of these woofers are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-877-481-2663, Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM, Central Standard Time.
Update September 19, 2011
The pig ear recall that occurred in March 2011 has been resolved. All pig ears from the affected batch that were still in the marketplace have been retrieved and properly disposed of.
We implemented this voluntary recall to ensure our customer's safety. No pets were affected by this batch of pig ears.
We have implemented changes to our procedures to include a very high level of attention to every detail. We also have utilized the services of a third party auditing company to ensure complete compliance with our HACCP inspection program and with FDA rules and regulations.
We appreciate your patience and value the trust that you have put into our company. Your pet's safety and well-being are very important to us.
Pig Ear Recall
For over two decades the Jones Natural Chews Co has taken great pride in producing flavorful quality dog treats. From the very start over 20 years ago we made product safety and quality our #1 priority and that is still true today.
Since 1991, state of the art food safety guidelines were established for production of all of our products. Adhering to these safety procedures has allowed us to avoid any food safety issues.
Even with this rigid food safety program, a positive test was reported to Jones on Tuesday, March 8, 2011 for a possible Salmonella Health Risk. The effected product was a single batch of pig ears. This small batch of pig ears shipped between September 16, 2010 and November 2, 2010. No other products have been unaffected. Please see the FDA press release link for exact labels and lot code numbers.
For the safety of our customers, we have elected to implement an immediate voluntary recall.
Keeping accurate records, we have been able to conclude which customers had received the pig ear products. These customers were individually contacted and advised of the effected product.
Consumers having the affected lot codes in their possession are requested to return it to the store where it was purchased for a refund or replacement. Should you have any additional questions or concerns please contact our Consumer Service Department and we will be happy to assist you. Call us toll free at (877) 481-2663 or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org
We continue to use the services of a well-respected third party meat scientist (Ph.D.) and a microbiologist to ensure the safest products.
Your patience with this situation is appreciated. We look forward to continue providing you now and in the future with safe quality treats for that special member of your family.