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T.W. Enterprises Expands its Nationwide Recall of Pet Treats to Include All of its Products Due to Possible Salmonella Contamination

Contact:
T.W. Enterprises
(360) 366-0408

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- Ferndale, WA -- June 17, 2005 --- T.W. Enterprises of Ferndale, Wash. today alerted consumers that it is recalling its entire line of dog and cat treats it markets because they may be contaminated with Salmonella. On June 8, the company recalled some of its products because of this contamination. Subsequent testing indicates that its other pet treat products may also be contaminated.

People handling these treats can become infected with Salmonella, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with any the treats or any surfaces exposed to these products.

Salmonella is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be

bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis .

The newly recalled products include:

Product Name: HEALTHY K9 ORIGINAL BEEF CHEW 100% Pure Beef Made in USA

Package Sizes: Universal Product Codes (UPC)

  • small 4” (UPC 7662653901)
  • medium 6” (UPC 7662653902)
  • large 10.5” (UPC 7662653903)
  • xlarge 14” (UPC 7662653904)
  • mega 17” (UPC 7662653905)
  • jumbo 28” (UPC 7662653906)

Product Name: HEALTHY K9 100% NATURAL BEEF LIVER DOG TREATS
MADE IN CANADA

Package Sizes: Universal Product Codes (UPC)

  • 70g (UPC 7662653896)

Product Name: HEALTHY K9 100% NATURAL VEAL CHEW DOG TREATS
MADE IN CANADA

Package Sizes: Universal Product Codes (UPC)

  • 5 x 5” (UPC 7662653895)

Product Name: BULLY CHEW

This product comes in medium 6”bulk and large 12” bulk sizes and is to retailers in unlabeled cardboard boxes.

Product Name: HEALTHY K9 100% NATURAL BEEF TRIPE
MADE IN CANADA

Package Sizes: Universal Product Codes (UPC)

  • Large (UPC 7662653914)

In addition to the above products, the firm ships the following bulk products to distributors in boxes with labeling as follows:

HEALTHY K9
BEEF JERKY
ONE POUND
NET

HEALTHY K9
BEEF LIVER
ONE POUND
NET

Those who have questions about whether one they may have purchased one of these unlabeled bulk pet treats should contact the store where the item was purchased to see if T.W. Enterprises was the supplier.

T.W. Enterprises has informed FDA of its action and is fully cooperating with the agency. The firm, FDA and the other authorities are actively investigating this matter to determine the source of this problem, and will take any additional steps necessary to protect the public health.

Consumers who have these pet treats should not feed them to their pets, but should instead dispose of them in a safe manner (e.g., in a securely covered trashreceptacle). Anyone who is experiencing the symptoms of Salmonella infection after having handled one of these pet products should seek medical attention, and report their use of the product and illness to the nearest FDA office.

People should thoroughly wash their hands after handling any pet treat – especially those made from raw animal protein such as meat or fish -- to help prevent infection. People may risk bacterial infection not only by handling the treats, but by contact with pets or surfaces exposed to these treats, so it is important that they thoroughly wash their hands with hot water and soap.

Since elderly people, young children, and people with weakened immune systems are particularly at risk from exposure they should avoid handling these products.




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