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President Of Dog Treat Company Stands By Product Despite Recall

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Chicken jerky dog treats recalled for Salmonella (credit: CBS)

Chicken jerky dog treats recalled for Salmonella (credit: CBS)

DENVER (CBS4) – Dog treats made in Denver are being recalled, and dog owners are at risk as well, according to the Food and Drug Administration.

The recall is the latest in a series of dog treat problems uncovered by Consumer Investigator Jodi Brooks.

The FDA warns that both people and pets are at risk of salmonella contamination from products recalled by Kasel Associated Industries. Those with the products should not touch them. It’s recommended people bag them so pets and wild animals can’t get them and people should thoroughly wash their hands.

Kasel Associated Industries is a Denver-based company that produces and packages dozens of pet treats. Now the company has announced it is recalling all of its treats manufactured last year from April 20 through Sept. 19.

“The voluntary recall is in response to evidence we have of salmonella contamination of both finished product and throughout the facility where the products are manufactured,” said Devin Koontz, FDA Denver districtoOffice spokesperson.

Last may Brooks sat down with company president Raymond Kasel, but after this recent recall he could only be reached by phone.

“Under USDA human raw materials are allowed to contain salmonella,” Kasel said. “If there is product that comes in the door with salmonella, the plant itself, floors and all, are going to be contaminated with salmonella during production, during the day.”

In December, the FDA warned consumers not to use Kasel products because of salmonella. Just last week the FDA re-inspected the plant.

“During our inspection it appeared that the firm had taken steps to some of the problems that were on-going at the firm that led to the contamination,” Koontz said.

The test results won’t be available for another week, but the FDA still doesn’t have faith in the products already on the market, so they’ve all been recalled. Meanwhile, Kasel assured CBS4 his products are safe.

“I have 100 percent faith and belief in our products,” Kasel said.

Consumers need to check the UPC code at the bottom. The products have a shelf-life of two years.

LINK: The Recall

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