FDA Health Alert: Do Not Use Certain Beef Dog Treats Distributed by Merrick Pet Care

The FDA Thursday warned consumers not to use Merrick Beef Filet Squares with a package date of “Best By 11/19/11,” because they may be contaminated with Salmonella.

The treats for dogs were distributed nationwide through retail stores and the Internet.

No illnesses associated with the treats have as yet been reported, but the FDA is advising people not to handle the or feed them to pets. Routine testing in December detected Salmonella. Another inspection found deficiencies in the packaging and manufacturing of the product.

The affected Merrick Beef Filet Squares were packaged in a 10-ounce green, red and tan resealable plastic bag. The “best by” date is imprinted on the top portion of the bag, which is torn off when the bag is opened. The FDA recommends that consumers who are unable to determine the “best by” date discontinue use of the product.

Consumers can report complaints about FDA-regulated pet food and pet treat products by calling the consumer complaint coordinator in their area. For consumer inquiries, phone 888-INFO-FDA. Please see this page for additional information on the warning and Salmonella.