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N.H.-made pet jerky recalled after salmonella infects 21 people

Pet treats named Joey’s Jerky brand Chicken Jerky made at a Loudon business may have caused salmonella poisoning in 21 people in southern New Hampshire, leading the company, Kritter’s Kitchen Kreations, to recall the product.

“It’s always been a wonderful product. People love it. It’s reputable, a nice little company. It’s very popular,” said Lill Marks, an owner of America’s Pets, in the Nottingham Square shopping center on Lowell Road in Hudson, one of six stores in New Hampshire identified as having sold the pet treats. ...

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Pet treats named Joey’s Jerky brand Chicken Jerky made at a Loudon business may have caused salmonella poisoning in 21 people in southern New Hampshire, leading the company, Kritter’s Kitchen Kreations, to recall the product.

“It’s always been a wonderful product. People love it. It’s reputable, a nice little company. It’s very popular,” said Lill Marks, an owner of America’s Pets, in the Nottingham Square shopping center on Lowell Road in Hudson, one of six stores in New Hampshire identified as having sold the pet treats.

The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services announced the recall Tuesday, saying 21 people in Merrimack and Hillsborough Counties “have been identified with the same strain of the
illness, but no deaths have occurred.”

Confirmation through laboratory testing of the jerky is pending at the New Hampshire Public Health Labs.

“We’ve had no one that has come into the store complaining in any way, shape or form, being sick,” Marks said. “We’re following what the state says.”

It is assumed that the bacteria got on owners’ hands while handling the treats.

“People should know … when you touch meat, you wash your hands. It’s like when you feed raw (meat to dogs), you wash your hands,” Marks said.

The jerky is made by Kritter’s Kitchen Kreations LLC, of Loudon. Its website as part of New Hampshire Made, a consortium of local firms, identifies the owner only as Krista, “a mother of an adult son, and 6 furry friends.”

The company’s goal, it says, is “to provide fresh, locally made treats for your pet.”

A message left at the company’s phone number was not immediately returned.

Marks said that more local firms are making pet treats and pet foods these days as a reflection of the “local food” movement.

“More and more, people are doing that. They don’t want to be buying from China. They want to know where their food is, where it’s from,” she said.

According to the state, suspect samples of Joey’s Jerky also was sold at Blue Seal in Bow, K9 Kaos in Dover, Osborne’s Agway in Concord, Sandy’s Pet Food Center in Concord, and The Yellow Dogs Barn in Barrington.

The department is asking people to check if they have any of these jerky treats at home and to discard them.

Salmonella is a bacterium that causes the illness salmonellosis.

Symptoms also include fever and abdominal cramps within 12-72 hours after infection. The illness usually lasts from four to seven days. Although most people recover without treatment, severe infections may occur that may move to other body sites, and in rare cases, can cause death unless the person is treated promptly with antibiotics.

David Brooks can be reached
at 594-6531 or dbrooks@nashua
telegraph.com. Also, follow Brooks on Twitter (@GraniteGeek).