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Recall on Hartz Natural Real Beef


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SECAUCUS, N.J., Sept. 3 — The Hartz Mountain Corporation is voluntarily recalling
one specific lot of Hartz Naturals Real Beef Treats for Dogs due to
concerns that one or more bags within the lot may have been potentially
contaminated with Salmonella. Hartz is fully cooperating with the US Food and Drug Administration in this voluntary recall.

Salmonella is
an organism which can cause serious infections in young children, frail
or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems, all of whom
are at particular risk from exposure and should avoid handling these
products.

Hartz Mountain Corporation is recalling 74,700 8-oz bags of Hartz Naturals Real Beef Treats for Dogs, lot code BZ0969101E,
UPC number 32700-11519, which were imported by Hartz from a Brazilian
supplier, Bertin S.A., and which were distributed to a number of
customers in the United States.  While regular testing conducted by Bertin (prior to shipment to the US) did not detect the presence of Salmonella in any packages of this product, random sample testing conducted by FDA did indicate the presence of Salmonella.   Hartz is aggressively investigating the source of the problem.

Although
Hartz has not received any reports of animals or humans becoming ill as
a result of coming into contact with this product, Hartz is taking
immediate steps to remove the product from all retail stores and
distribution centers.  Dog owners having purchased this product should
check the lot code on their bag, and, if the code is not visible, or if
the bag has lot code BZ0969101E imprinted thereon, they should immediately discontinue use of the product and discard it in a proper manner.

Consumers
can contact Hartz at 1-800-275-1414 with questions or information on reimbursement for
purchased product. 

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