January 28, 2009

Expanded Peanut Butter Recall List

If you and/or your pets can't resist a peanut buttery snack, make sure you review the updated U.S. Food and Drug Administration's list of recalled peanut butter products before digging in for that tasty, sticky snack. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's list of recalled products containing peanut derivatives has expanded over the last few days, including seven new pet-food products.

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According to the FDA, no pets have been reported ill from contaminated peanut butter, but many humans have been affected. The FDA advises pet owners to wash their hands with hot water and soap before and after handling all pet foods and treats. Pet-food bowls and utensils should also be washed thoroughly with hot water after each use.

Some symptoms of pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic, have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever and vomiting. Some may also show signs of decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Animals that appear uninfected and healthy can be carriers. If your pet has consumed a recalled product and is showing these symptoms, contact your veterinarian immediately.

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The FDA peanut butter recall list will be updated as the investigation continues. To read the full list of recalled peanut butter products, including pet foods & treats, visit the USFDA site here

In Canada? Check out the Canadian Food Inspection Agency's list here

1 comment:

Morten said...

Hello. NetChick sent me.

This salmonella in peanut thing is scaring me - most of all because salmonella isn't normally found in non-animal products. And as far as I know peanuts are not animals.

Makes me think of my friend who got salmonella from his turtle...