Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Will the Peanut Butter Recall affect our Pet Treats

Even though no pet treats have been recalled yet, one does have to wonder if one may come down the line shortly.

Officials are focusing on peanut paste, as well as peanut butter, produced at a Blakely, Georgia facility owned by the Peanut Corporation of America, because the products have the potential to be contaminated with salmonella. "The potential for contamination was noted after a small number of samples from unopened containers and environmental samples from the Blakely, Georgia facility tested positive for salmonella."

What is a concern to us pet owners is the "Pet Food Paste" and "Feed Grade Peanut Butter" located at the bottom of the Peanut Corporation of America recall list.

If any pet treat manufacturers purchased peanut butter and/or peanut paste from any of these recalled lots, recalls of those pet treats will occur.

What I would recommend is if any of you are feeding your dogs a peanut butter treat, to hold on to the treats you have but do not feed them to your dog for the time being. You can also contact the manufacturer of your dog treats to inquire about the peanut butter used in the treats.

As I was writing this article I have also learned that as of today, January 20, 2009, PetSmart® is conducting a voluntary recall of seven of their Grreat Choice dog biscuits that contain peanut paste made by Peanut Corporation of America (PCA).

From the PetSmart Press Room:

http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zhtml?c=196265&p=factset16

From the US Food and Drug Administration:

PetSmart Voluntarily Recalls Grreat Choice® Dog Biscuits

For further information on the peanut butter recall, news updates and a list of company recalls from the US Food and Drug Administration:

http://www.fda.gov/oc/opacom/hottopics/salmonellatyph.html

If anyone learns of any new information, please let us know.

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