Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Tommy Irvin alerts consumers to the recall of some pet treats — beef hoof products and pig ears — that may be contaminated with Salmonella.

Pet Carousel, Sanger, Calif. is recalling all of its pig ears and all varieties of beef hoof pet treats because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.  The problem was discovered after routine testing by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

People handling dry pet food and/or pet treats can become infected with Salmonella, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the product or being exposed to surfaces that have come in contact with the pet treats.

The recalled pig ear products were packaged under the brand names Doggie Delight, Pork Tasteez and Pet Carousel

Item No.:
• 18100-P Bulk      
• 18016-P 10-pk red mesh bag 
• 18120-P 20-pk red mesh bag.

The recalled beef hooves were packaged under the brand names Choo Hooves, Dentley’s, Doggie Delight, and Pet Carousel.

Item No.:
• 1506-K 5 lb. bulk
• 1507-K 10 lb. bulk
• 1520-K 20 lb. bulk
• 12125-T 10-pk vinyl bag
• 12110-T 10-pk, vinyl bag
• 12111-T 10-pk, vinyl bag
• 12122-T 10 lb., bulk
• 1503-K 3-pk, vinyl bag
• 1510-K 10-pk ,vinyl bag
• 1405-S 5 lb., bulk
• 1408-S 10-pk, vinyl bag
• 1410-S 10 lb., bulk
• 1420-S 20 lb., bulk
• 90058-H Cheese/& Bacon Stuffed Hoof, bulk
• 90056-H Peanut Butter Stuffed Hoof, bulk
• 17005-R Rope toy with Hooves.

The recalled items were distributed nationwide in both bulk and retail packaging for sale in pet food and retail chain stores.  All sizes and all lots of these pork ears purchased on or after August 16, 2009 and all beef hoof products in all varieties purchased on or after September 16, 2009 are part of this recall.

Salmonella in humans as well as animals can cause serious ailments including arterial infections, endocarditis (inflammation of the lining of the heart), arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation and urinary tract infection.  Symptoms of Salmonella infection in humans and animals include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever.

Healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans.  If your pet has consumed any of the affected products — or is experiencing any of these symptoms – you should contact your veterinarian.

Consumers who have these products should return them their place of purchase.  Those with questions should call Pet Carousel at (800) 231-3572.