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Merrick Pet Care recalled its Jr. Texas Taffy dog treats sold nationwide in stores, including Petco and Agway, because they may be contaminated with salmonella, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

So far no illnesses have been reported, the FDA said. Humans who handle the dog treats -- essentially beef jerky for pooches -- also risk a potentially life-threatening infection. Symptoms for infected pets include lethargy, fever, diarrhea and vomiting. Humans can develop infections with many of the same symptoms.

Dog treats affected by the recall have the item number 27077 and UPC code 02280827077. The recall is for all lots, including lot 10364. Consumers can return the dog treats to the store for a refund. Call Merrick Pet Care at (800) 664-7387 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Last summer Merrick recalled another of its dog treats after a sample tested positive for salmonella. The incident was among a spate of pet food recalls last year that included Iams and Eukanuba brands.

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