Hartz Mountain Corporation issued a recall on September 3, 2010, for its Hartz® Naturals™ Real Beef Treats for Dogs.

The recall was issued due to possible contamination of the product with the Salmonella bacteria. The recall affects 74,700 8-oz bags of Hartz® Naturals™ Real Beef Treats for Dogs with UPC number 32700-11519 and lot code BZ0969101E. The affected product was imported from Brazilian supplier, Bertin S.A., and distributed to customers throughout the United States.

Random sampling testing by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) detected the presence of the Salmonella bacteria in the lot in question, resulting in the recall. Any customers who purchased the affected product should stop using it immediately and dispose of it in a sealed trash container.

Symptoms of Salmonella infection may include fever, diarrhea, nausea, and stomach pain in humans and dogs. If consumers or their pets show signs of Salmonella infection, they should seek the advice of a health professional as soon as possible.

To file a complaint regarding FDA-regulated pet foods,

customers can call their local consumer complaint coordinator.

If consumers have further questions regarding the affected product or a refund,

they can contact Hartz® at 1-800-275-1414.