The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning on January 14, 2010, about Merrick™ Beef Filet Squares. The affected product was manufactured at the Merrick™ Pet Care plant located in Amarillo, Texas, and was distributed nationwide through Internet sites and local retail stores.

The reason for the recall was due to possible contamination by Salmonella bacteria. The product is marked with a package best by date of 11-19-11. The FDA detected Salmonella while performing routine testing of Merrick™ Beef Filet Squares. Further testing found deficiencies in the manufacture and package processes employed at the Amarillo, Texas, plant.

Salmonella can cause diarrhea, fever, and abdominal issues in humans and pets exposed to the product and its packaging. Even humans or pets who show no signs of contamination can still carry it. Any consumers who think they or their pets have been exposed to the affected product or show signs of Salmonella infection should seek the advice of a health professional.

To lodge a complaint with the FDA, consumers can call their local consumer complaint coordinator. To see more about the FDA warning, visit their website at

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