The recalled five-inch, six-count packages of American Beef Bully Sticks were sold at Target from April to September of 2012. The FDA’s press release left out a really important factoid, though. Boots and Barkley’s “Bully Sticks” are, in fact, dried bull penises.
So the real news story here (to me) is that not only do dried bull penis pet treats exist, they’re sold at Target, which seems like a pretty mainstream place to just have dried bull penises laying around. Another angle to this story is that people apparently give their dogs dried bull penises to gnaw on, and don’t even pass out from the incredibly high skeeve factor.
According to the FDA, animals that eat the recalled “bully sticks” and humans who handle the product are at risk for contracting salmonella.
Pets with salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Some pets will have only decreased appetite, fever, and abdominal pain. Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has any of these signs, please contact your veterinarian.
People who may have handled the products should monitor themselves for symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever, advises the FDA. Rarely, Salmonella can result in more serious ailments, including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms. If you’ve had any of these symptoms after handling the recalled bully sticks, please contact your healthcare provider.
I haven’t come in contact with salmonella-tainted dried bull penises, but I am close to vomiting right now. However, I’m probably not infected with anything. I’m just completely skeeved from learning that dogs gnawing on dried bull penises is a thing. In this case, there’s no need to contact my healthcare provider. Instead, I’ll just go look at pictures of animals doing “jazz hands” and/or wash my brain with bleach.
The product comes in a clear plastic bag containing 6 bully sticks marked with bar code number 647263899189. Kasel Industries is recalling all lot numbers because the following lot codes tested positive through analysis by the State of Colorado Department of Agriculture: BESTBY20APR2014DEN, BESTBY01JUN2014DEN, BESTBY23JUN2014DEN, and BESTBY23SEP2014DEN.
No illnesses have been reported to date in animals or humans in connection with this problem, reports the FDA, which clearly does not care that their press release made me almost vomit.
(Photo Credit: US Food and Drug Administration)
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