Friday, January 2, 2015

Possible Salmonella contamination prompts pet food recall

          ST. PAUL, Minn. – Due to possible Salmonella contamination, Florida based, Jump Your Bones, Inc. is voluntarily recalling Jump Your Bones brand name Roo Bites (Cubes). The pet treats were distributed nationwide and through online retailers. To date, there are no reported illnesses related to this product.

There is a human risk of contracting Salmonella from handling contaminated products or from contact with infected pets. Consumers who purchased the Roo Bites (Cubes) should immediately stop feeding it to their pets and either dispose of them or return the product to where it was purchased for a full refund.

Symptoms of human infection include diarrhea, abdominal pain and cramps and fever. Symptoms usually begin within 12 to 72 hours after exposure, but can begin up to a week after exposure. Salmonella infections usually resolve in 5 to 7 days, but approximately 20 percent of cases require hospitalization. In rare cases, Salmonella infection can lead to death, particularly in the elderly or those with weakened immune systems.

Salmonella infections in pets vary and can include diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, vomiting, and sluggishness. Other pet symptoms include decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Infected pets can also appear healthy, but still be carriers of Salmonella, which can lead to human infection. Please contact your veterinarian if your pet has consumed Roo Bites (Cubes) and exhibits any of these symptoms.

The affected Roo Bites (Cubes) are sold in Boutique Bags and online stores with the following UPC codes: 63633010041 on 2.82 oz. (80g) bags, which include .32 oz. samples. For information on this recall, please call (888) 249-6755, Monday through Friday 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture has confirmed major pet food distributors in the state did not distribute the product, but are conducting further trace back of the contaminated product and warn of possible online distribution of the affected pet treats.