DENVER – Kasel Associated Industries announced a voluntary recall of the company’s pet product Boots & Barkley six-count, 5-in. American Beef Bully Sticks because the product may be contaminated with Salmonella, according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

FDA said the recall came after a routine sampling by the Colorado Department of Agriculture revealed that the finished products contained the Salmonella bacteria. The Denver-based company ceased production and distribution of the beef sticks while FDA and the Kasel try to determine the source of the contamination.

Salmonella can sicken animals that eat contaminated products. Although the product is intended for pets, humans are at risk for Salmonella poisoning from handling contaminated products, especially if they have not washed their hands after having contact with the pet products or any surfaces exposed to these products.

No other products made by Kasel Associated Industries are included in the recall, and no illnesses have been reported in animals or humans in connection with the product.

The recalled products were distributed nationwide through Target retail stores from April through September 2012, according to FDA. The product comes in a clear plastic bag containing six bully sticks marked with bar code number 647263899189. Kasel Industries is recalling all lot numbers because the following lot codes tested positive through analysis by the Colorado Department of Agriculture: BESTBY20APR2014DEN, BESTBY01JUN2014DEN, BESTBY23JUN2014DEN, and BESTBY23SEP2014DEN.