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1 Pet treats recalled in salmonella outbreak on Wed Jan 21, 2009 9:01 pm

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Pet treats recalled in salmonella outbreak
PetSmart is recalling seven of its Grreat Choice Dog Biscuit products

Risk to animals is minimal, but it could affect people who handle treats

Outbreak of salmonella has sickened at least 486 people and killed six

By Miriam Falco
CNN Medical News Managing Editor www.cnn.com

(CNN) -- PetSmart is recalling seven of its Grreat Choice dog biscuit products because they contain peanut products made by a company that has been linked to a salmonella outbreak in 43 states and Canada, the Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday.
Peanut butter and peanut paste processed in a Georgia plant have been linked to an outbreak of salmonella.
Dr. Stephen Sundlof, a veterinarian who is the director of the FDA's Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, said that the risk to animals is minimal but that people who handle contaminated treats could come in contact with the salmonella bacteria.
"It's especially important that children wash their hands after feeding treats to pets" because the bacteria could be on the surface, Sundlof said.
Sundlof said dogs aren't immune to salmonella and in some cases could get sick. They may be lethargic or get bloody diarrhea. On the other hand, they may never show symptoms at all but could still be carry the bacteria.
The outbreak of salmonella typhimurium has sickened at least 486 people, killing six, and has been linked to products manufactured by the Peanut Corp. of America in its Blakely, Georgia, plant.
PetSmart said it "is not aware of any reported cases of illness related to these products" but has removed the products from the shelves as a precautionary measure.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials say that of the nearly 500 people sickened, 107 have been hospitalized. The most recent death was recorded Saturday.
Consumers urged to use caution eating peanut butter
The first illnesses were reported September 8, and the most recent illness was reported January 8. The CDC still considers it an ongoing outbreak.
The CDC does not consider salmonella typhimurium any more virulent than any other strain. The strain "is not more or less than we would expect in a normal outbreak," said Dr. Robert Tauxe, deputy director of the CDC Division of Foodborne, Bacterial and Mycotic Diseases.
The FDA had reported that some of the samples from the Georgia plant tested positive for salmonella. On Wednesday, it said one sample was found in a crack of a floorboard near a bathroom and another was found on the floor near pallets in another room. Neither sample tested positive for the specific strain found in the sickened people, however.
Sundlof said the lack of a match makes no difference from a regulatory point of view.
"Those salmonella are not supposed to be there. Having salmonella in the plant is not supposed to happen, regardless if it's the same strain or not," he said.
Peanut butter produced by Peanut Corp. in Georgia is not sold in individual jars in grocery stores, health officials say. However, it is sold to institutions such as nursing homes, schools and cafeterias. Peanut Corp. also produces peanut paste, which is commonly used in cookies, crackers, cake, ice cream and other products, including the Grreat Choice dog biscuits.
Peanut Corp. released a statement Wednesday stating that the company is cooperating with federal and state officials and that it "will address the agency's findings when they are shared with us."
"To date, we have nothing in writing from the agency that documents its findings that result from its ongoing investigation and testing onsite at our facility. We trust that at some point they will share this with us, and PCA will respond accordingly."
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Minnesota health officials were the first to link the specific strain of salmonella that made three people ill in one nursing home to an open 5-pound container of peanut butter. Then Connecticut health officials found the same strain in an unopened tub of Peanut Corp.-produced peanut butter.
After interviewing 57 sick people and 399 healthy people, CDC officials found "an association of illness and prepackaged peanut butter crackers general." These people had consumed specific brands of products, particularly the Austin and Keebler brands, which are manufactured by the Kellogg Co. and have been recalled.
CDC officials recommend that consumers who are uncertain about a product throw out all recalled products. They also suggest avoiding any other products they think could contain ingredients manufactured by Peanut Corp. until they are certain they aren't being recalled.
About 125 products have been recalled. The FDA maintains a regularly updated list at its Web site.
The Consumers Union, publisher of Consumer Reports, issued a news release calling for "President Obama to appoint a new FDA commissioner as soon as possible to address peanut butter contamination and a growing list of other food safety problems."

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When I heard the latest reports about the peanut butter having another salmonella contamination I was really pissed off, then I found out it was peanut butter paste or something like that, I haven't followed up on it much, but its my understanding it is fine to eat all the major brands, just stay away from the paste, correct?

I seriously need to go find out becuase I'm going to the shopping center tomorrow and I'd like to know what to expect, I mean seriously, I get upset if I don't get my peanut butter....love the stuff..

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Tyler from the growing list it seems brands like Peter Pan and Jiff are safe at least for now. Recalled items are growing with Wal-mart pulling cookies and cakes, Safeway ice cream, Austin peanutbutter snack crackers, so far 125 items are pulled. The plant in Georgia distributed not only paste but peanut butter to companies supplying schools, nursing homes and sold to larger companies which made various products. Reports are in 43 states and Canada, with 6 deaths so far.

4 Re: Pet treats recalled in salmonella outbreak on Thu Jan 22, 2009 11:13 pm

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i know they mentioned the AUSTIN brand little pack of peanut butter crackers, that is what walmart sells, i have some, i also have austin peanut butter and jelly pack of crackers, and also a new type
chocolatey peanut butter crackers , i buy alot and take to work. getting them at walmart with a dozen packs in a box tthey work out to like 14 cent a pack of 6 peanut butter cracker, i also get cheese ones too, and in the machine at work they cost alot, but mainly its easier for me to put one in my lunch box from the fridge at home, than to try to keep change,i do cokes the same way, 24 sams cokes which are bottled at pepsi. are like 4 buck and change for 24 cans, it works out to like 17 cents a can, i take 3 a day, its just easier for me, ppl in the break room are always asking does anyone have change for a 10 or 20 , so i just save money and bring from home and dont worry about having change, sometimes the dollar thing on the machine at work is broke,but i have been eating these crackers i have now for a while, they are about gone, so they are ok , but i will stick to the cheese ones for the next purchase, they have a grillled cheese pack of crackers that are good, all AUSTIN BRAND..

5 Re: Pet treats recalled in salmonella outbreak on Thu Jan 22, 2009 11:29 pm

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Austin has recalled all those you mentioned.

6 FDA peanut butter recalls on Thu Jan 22, 2009 11:39 pm

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Candy Product Recalls
Cookie Product Recalls
Cracker Product Recalls
Fruit and Vegetable Product Recalls
Ice Cream Product Recalls
Peanut Butter Product Recalls
Peanut Paste Product Recalls
Pet Food Product Recalls
Pet Food Peanut Paste Product Recalls
Pre-Packaged Meals Product Recalls
Snack Bar Product Recalls
Download All Recalled Peanut Butter Products

Candy Product Recalls
Blanton's
Hy-Vee
Landies
South Bend Chocolate Company
Wegmans Swiss Recipe

Cookie Product Recalls
Best Brands Corp.
Classic Breaks
Cub Foods
Evening Rise
Famous Amos
Food Lion Bake Shop
Hy-Vee
Keebler
Lofthouse
Parco Foods Chuck's Chunky
Pastries Plus
WalMart Bakery

Cracker Product Recalls
Austin Quality Foods
Keebler
Little Debbie
Meijer
Weis Quality

Fruit and Vegetable Product Recalls
Eating Right
H-E-Buddy
Ready Pac Cool Cuts
Trader Joe's

Ice Cream Product Recalls
Meijer
Perry's
Private Selection
Shurfine
Wegman's

Peanut Butter Product Recalls
GRANDE GOURMET
King Nut
POCO PAC
Parnell's Pride
Peanut Corporation of America or Parnell's Pride
Unbranded for further distribution

Peanut Paste Product Recalls
Peanut Corporation of America or Parnell's Pride

Pet Food Product Recalls
Grreat Choice

Pet Food Peanut Paste Product Recalls
Peanut Corporation of America or Parnell's Pride

Pre-Packaged Meals Product Recalls
Dinners Ready

Snack Bar Product Recalls
CLIF BAR
Evening Rise
Health Valley
JamFrakas
LUNA
LÄRABAR
MOJO
NutriPals
NutriSystem
Optimum Energy Bars
TITAN
TWISTED
ZonePerfect

Go to www.FDA.com search the recall list

7 Re: Pet treats recalled in salmonella outbreak on Thu Jan 22, 2009 11:55 pm

rosco 357


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well darn im going to starve, lol, the ones i have now as i buy several boxes, and im on my last box, so i know they are ok, maybe i got them before the probs as i probalby got before christmas, i keep them in the fridge, as i do most things, take care,

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