NH DHHS - NH Announces Recall of Pet Chicken Jerky Due to Risk of Salmonella

Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services

(DHHS) is announcing a voluntary recall of Joey’s Jerky brand Chicken Jerky

due to possible Salmonella risk. A total of 21 people in Merrimack and

Hillsborough Counties have been identified with the same strain of the

illness, but no deaths have occurred. Joey’s Jerky is produced in New

Hampshire and the manufacturer, Kritter’s Kitchen Kreations, LLC, has

voluntarily recalled all of the product. Joey’s Jerky was sold at the

following six stores: America’s Pet in Hudson, 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. DHHS is asking people to check if they

have any of these jerky treats at home and to discard them.

Through investigation and interviewing the ill people, the DHHS Bureau of

Infectious Disease Control determined that the jerky treats were implicated

in spreading Salmonella. Confirmation through laboratory testing of the

jerky is pending at the New Hampshire Public Health Labs.

Salmonella is a bacterium that causes the diarrheal illness Salmonellosis,

which can be serious in some patients. Symptoms also include fever and

abdominal cramps within 12-72 hours after infection. The illness usually

lasts from 4 to 7 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


“While uncommon, pet food and treats can sometimes be contaminated with

Salmonella, which is why it is so important for pet owners to wash their

hands after handling pet food and treats,” said Dr. José Montero, Director

of Public Health at DHHS. “I want to commend the manufacturer of Joey’s

Jerky for their cooperation in this investigation and the epidemiologists

here at Public Health for their excellent work. Salmonella can be a serious

illness and the sooner the source of an outbreak is identified the sooner

it can be stopped.”

For more information on Salmonella, contact the DHHS Bureau of Infectious

Disease Control at 603-271-4496 or visit the DHHS website at

www.dhhs.nh.gov  or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) at