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T.W. Enterprises Issues Nationwide Recall of Pet Treats Due to Salmonella Contamination

Contact:
T.W. Enterprises
(360) 366-0408

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- Ferndale, WA -- June 8, 2005 -- T.W. Enterprises of Ferndale, Wash. today alerted consumers that it is recalling certain dog and cat treats it markets because they may be contaminated with Salmonella Thompson. People handling these treats can become infected with Salmonella Thompson, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with any the treats or any surfaces exposed to these products.

Salmonella Thompson is an organism which can cause serious infections in small children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy people may only suffer short-term symptoms, such as high fever, severe headache, vomiting, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea. Long term complications can include arthritis.

The following is a list of the recalled products:

Product Name/ Salmon Snackers 100% Salmon Treats for Dogs
Package Size/ 50 grams
Universal Product Code (UPC)/ 8 33234 00100 6
Distributor/ T.W. Enterprises, Ferndale, Wash.

Product Name/ Salmon Snackers 100% Salmon Treats for Cats
Package Size/ 50 grams
UPC/ 8 33234 00101 3
Distributor/ T.W. Enterprises, Ferndale, Wash.

Product Name/ Shrimp Snackers 100% Shrimp Treats for Cats
Package Size/ 28 grams
UPC/ 8 33234 00104 4
Distributor/ T.W. Enterprises, Ferndale, Wash.

Product Name/ Shrimp Snackers 100% Shrimp Treats for Dogs
Package Size/ 28 grams
UPC/ 8 33234 00103 7
Distributor/ T.W. Enterprises, Ferndale, Wash.

Product Name/ Healthy K9 Beef Jerkey 100% Natural Dog Treats
Package Size/ 70 grams
UPC/ 7 76626 53898 1
Distributor/ Aron Pet Food Abbotsford, BC

Product Name/ Healthy K9 Beef Heart 100% Natural Dog Treats
Package Size 70 grams
UPC/ 7 76626 53897 4
Distributor/Aron Pet Food Abbotsford, BC

T.W. Enterprises Inc. manufactured these pet treats and distributed them throughout the United States under its name and the Aron Pet Food name. Aron Pet Food of Abbotsford, British Columbia imported raw materials from T.W. Enterprises into Canada for use in products that were sold there under the Aron Pet Food label. That firm is also conducting a recall of these products.

T.W. Enterprises has informed FDA of its action and is fully cooperating with the agency. FDA, the Washington State Department of Agriculture and the Public Health Agency of Canada became aware of the problem after five cases (three in Canada and two in the United States) of Salmonella Thompson infection developed among people who may have handled these pet treats. Follow up analysis indicated that the illnesses were linked to these pet treats.

The firm, FDA and the other authorities are actively investigating this matter to determine the source of this problem, and will take any additional steps necessary to protect the public health.

Consumers who have these pet treats should not feed them to their pets, but should instead dispose of them in a safe manner (e.g., in a securely covered trash receptacle). Anyone who is experiencing the symptoms of Salmonella Thompson infection after having handled one of these pet products should seek medical attention, and report their use of the product and illness to the nearest FDA office.

People should thoroughly wash their hands after handling any pet treat – especially those made from raw animal protein such as meat or fish -- to help prevent infection. People may risk bacterial infection not only by handling the treats, but by contact with pets or surfaces exposed to these treats, so it is important that they thoroughly wash their hands with hot water and soap.

Since elderly people, young children, and people with weakened immune systems are particularly at risk from exposure they should avoid handling these products.

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