Colorado manufacturer recalls dangerous product lines

Colorado consumers may need to be aware of the food and snacks that they are serving their pet because contamination may cause them illness. According to a recent report, Colorado-based Kasel Associated Industries is recalling several lines of products due to potential salmonella contamination. Kasel is recalling all products that were manufactured between April and Sept. 2012. The list of potentially dangerous product includes BIXBI, Colorado Naturals and Petco. Others on the list include Nature's Deli, Best Bully Stick and Boots & Barkley products.

According to reports, pet owners should be cautious of being exposed to salmonella just from handling these products, and should be careful to monitor themselves and their pets for symptoms. In pets, salmonella can cause lethargy, fever, vomiting and more symptoms. Pet owners should look for these symptoms in themselves, and more serious conditions such as infections, muscle pain and more.

According to Kasel, there have been no reports of consumer illness associated with the products. They are urging consumers to be mindful and check their products. Consumers who have purchased the potentially contaminated product are urged to return the product to their place of purchase to obtain a full refund. In addition, any consumers experiencing symptoms that may be consistent with salmonella contamination should seek medical attention promptly.

Manufacturers maintain the responsibility of ensuring that their products are safe for consumers. When it is discovered that a dangerous product exists, manufacturers must make the decision of how to best handle the situation. Kasel has made the decision to voluntarily recall the products that may be contaminated, but that unfortunately does not mean that consumers are free from worry. Consumers who believe that they have fallen ill due to exposure to a dangerous product may seek their options under Colorado's products liability laws, which protect consumers who are harmed due to a dangerous product. If successfully litigated, product liability claims can provide consumers with reimbursement for their injuries, illness and financial losses.

Source: The Mercury, "Kasel recalls all pet products made at its Colo. facility for possible salmonella," Feb. 20, 2013

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