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The Ruff Report: Dogs and Peanut Butter recall



Dozens of dog treats part of peanut butter recall

The list continues to grow of dog biscuits and treats being recalled because of potential salmonella contamination from peanut butter as two more companies have announced they are pulling products off store shelves and advising dog parents against feeding them to their pets.

Breadfarm of Bow, Washington, is recalling Sirius treats and Alaska Canine Cookies of Anchorage is recalling three flavors of its Canine Cookies because they contain peanut butter and peanut paste made by Peanut Corporation of America.

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PCA is the focus of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration investigation into potential salmonella contamination of peanut butter and paste. The investigation has led to thousands of products - including dozens of dog treats - being taken off the shelves that contain peanut butter and paste made at the company's plant in Blakely, Georgia.

Breadfarm and Alaska Canine Cookies are the seventh and eight companies to recall dog treats because of potential salmonella contamination. Recalls have been previously been announced by American Health Kennels of Pompano Beach, Florida; American Nutrition of Ogden, Utah; Carolina Prime Pet, a North Carolina, a manufacturer and distributor of dog treats; Salix, a Florida manufacturer of rawhide dog chew products; SuperValu Inc., which owns Shaw's Supermarkets and Albertsons; and pet retailer Pet Smart have previously announced recalls.

Alaska Canine Cookies

Alaska Canine Cookies says in a media release that the potentially contaminated dog cookies were distributed in its four stores - in Anchorage, downtown Anchorage in the 5th Avenue Mall, Homer, and Wasilla and on the website www.alaskacaninecookies.com.
The cookies come in peanut butter, power bone and carrot cake flavors. The recalled products are:
  • "Filled with Fun" bag, which is diagonally striped and contains three large bones.
  • "Woof Pack," a 15-ounce bag labeled "Alaskan Woof Pack" with the Husk E. Dog on the front containing approximately 45 medium bones.
  • "Filled with Fun" bag with a bone-shaped sticker reading "Peanut Butter for Dogs, a natural treat for dogs."
  • "Woof Pack"bag with a bone-shaped sticker reading "Peanut Butter for Dogs, a natural treat for dogs."
  • "Lollipup," 1-ounce bag with the Husk E. Dog on the front and the name "Lollipup" on the back containing one large bone. It is available only in the peanut butter flavor."Polar Pooch Pouch," 5-ounce bag with the Husk E. Dog on the front with "canine carrot cake" written across the front containing 12 medium bones. It is offered only in the carrot cake flavor.
The products have been available by request in bulk. All products have no product codes or UPC codes.

Consumers who have purchased any the products can to return them to the place of purchase for a refund. For more information, contact the company 1-800-280-2927.

Breadfarm's Sirius Dog Treats

In a media release, Breadfarm said that its recall affect Sirius Dog Treats sold in sealed 7-ounce cellophane packages purchased from from January 2007 to October 2008.
Consumers who purchased the Sirius Dog Treats can return them to Breadfarm for a refund. For more information, contact the company at 1-866-372-7323.

American Health Kennels

In a media release, American Health Kennels says it has had no reports of illness associated with the products. "We are effecting this recall in the interest of public safety even though we know our product is safe," the company states. The recalled products are:
  • Cookie Bars: Creamy Peanut Butter, UPC 725999522004; PB & Carob Chips, UPC 725999523001; Lucious Carob, UPC 725999521007; 4-pack Cookiebar Assortment, UPC 725999538005; best before dates are November 2009.
  • Peanut Butter Crunch: 12 ounces with UPC 725999001103; 16 ounces with UPC 725999161104; best before dates are November 2009.
  • Bark Bars Peanut Butter: 1.5-ounce jumbo with UPC 725999000168; 2.25 Pillow Pack with UPC 725999333105; 2.5-pound canister with UPC 725999005064; 5-pound bulk with UPC 725999001257; 6-ounce Smiles with UPC 725999530009; Giggles with UPC 725999530009.
  • American Health Kennels Christmas Stocking, 6 ounce with UPC 725999000175; Christmas Card Mailer with UPC 725999513003; Birthday Mailer with UPC 725999528006; "With Love" Hearts with UPC 725999512944; Holiday Smiles with UPC 725999222300.
  • American Health Kennels 100 Calorie 2-ounce Pillow Pack with UPC 725999539101; 100 Calorie 14-ounce dispenser with UPC 725999539200; Gravity Trial, 2-ounce with UPC 725999400166; best before dates are November 2009.
  • Bark Bars Minis, UPC 72599953300 with best before date of November 2009.
  • Bark Bars Animal Snackers: 3 ounce with UPC 725999512098, 12 ounce with UPC 725999512098; best before dates are November 2009.
  • Bark Bars Milk & Cookies with UPC 725999333808; best before date of November 2009.
  • Dog Ate My Homework: Jumbo with UPC 725999531006; 2-ounce Pillow Pack with UPC 725999535004; best before dates are November 2009.
  • Bark Bars Naughty or Nice, UPC 725999530092; best before date of November 2009.
  • Bark Bars Carob & Peanut Butter: 2.5-pound canister with UPC 725999005071; 2.25-ounce Pillow Pack with UPC 725999333402; 5-pound bulk with UPC 725999003251; best before dates are November 2009.
  • Bark Bars Brownie Delight: 12-ounce with UPC 725999003107; 5-pound bulk with UPC 725999003251; best before dates are November 2009.
For more information, visit http://www.americankennels.com/ or call 954-781-0730.
American Nutrition

In a media release, American Nutrition advises those who purchased the recalled items to discontinue use immediately. They recalled items are:
  • American Nutrition Vita Bone Flavors Large Dog Treats (48-ounce box), UPC 0 12623 73480 4 with best before dates prior to Jan. 18, 2010.
  • American Nutrition Vita Bone Flavors Medium Dog Treats (24-ounce box), UPC 0 12623 73241 1 with best before dates prior to Jan. 18, 2010.
  • American Nutrition Vita Bone Flavors Small Dog Treats (24-ounce box),UPC 0 12623 73240 4 with best before dates prior to Jan. 18, 2010.
  • American Nutrition Vita Snacks Peanut Butter (3-ounce plastic bag),UPC 0 12623 81315 8 with best before dates prior to Jan. 18, 2010.
  • Farm Style Small Assorted Dog Biscuits (5-pound plastic bag),UPC 0 78601 90205 4 with best before dates prior to Jan. 18, 2010.
  • Hill Country Fare Small 5 Flavor Dog Biscuits (4-pound plastic bag),UPC 0 41220 52080 0 with best before dates prior to Jan. 18, 2010.
  • Hill Country Fare Small Peanut Butter Dog Biscuits (4-pound plastic bag),UPC 0 41220 17538 3 with best before dates prior to Jan. 18, 2010.
  • Integrity Small Assorted Dog Biscuits (4-pound plastic bag),UPC 0 64237 14639 8 with best before dates prior to Jan. 18, 2010.
  • Northwest Royal Small Dog Biscuits Assorted Flavors (5-pound plastic bag),UPC 0 71357 00337 2 with best before dates prior to Jan. 18, 2010.
  • Mill Creek Premium Large Assorted Dog Biscuits (20-pound box),UPC 0 78601 95106 9 with lot codes 001A7xxx to 018A9xxx.
  • Mill Creek Premium Small Assorted Dog Biscuits (20-pound box),UPC 0 78601 95105 2 with lot codes 001A7xxx to 018A9xxx.
  • Premium Smarty Dog Biscuits Assorted Flavors Small (4-pound plastic bag),UPC 0 41512 04609 4 with best before dates prior to Jan. 18, 2010.
  • Springfield Prize Multi-Flavor Dog Biscuits (26-ounce box),UPC 0 41380 14169 3 with best before dates prior to Jan. 18, 2010.
  • Springfield Prize Multi-Flavor Dog Biscuits (4-pound plastic bag),UPC 0 41380 13965 2 with best before dates prior to Jan. 18, 2010.
  • Western Family Biscuits Multi-Flavor (10-pound box),UPC 0 15400 06229 9 with best before dates prior to Jan. 18, 2010.
  • Western Family Biscuits Multi-Flavor (4-pound. plastic bag),UPC 0 15400 06408 8 with best before dates prior to Jan. 18, 2010.
  • Western Family Biscuits Multi-Flavor (18-ounce box),UPC 0 15400 03886 7 with best before dates prior to Jan. 18, 2010.
  • Next Gen Pet Products Small Assorted Biscuits (30-pound box) with lot codes 001A7xxx to 018A9xxx
  • Small Assorted Dog Biscuits-Bulk (1/25# box)with lot codes 001A7xxx to 018A9xxx
  • Western Family (Canada only) Small Dog Biscuits 4 Assorted Flavors (2 Kg. plastic bag),UPC 0 62639 29585 1 with best before dates prior to Jan. 18, 2010.
  • Yeaster Small Assorted (30-pound box) with lot codes 001A7xxx to 018A9xxx
Consumers can return these items to the store where they were purchased. For more information, call American Nutrition at 1-800-257-4530.

Carolina Prime Pet treats

Carolina Prime Pet states in a media release that five kinds of rawhide treats are being recalled as a precaution, and the company is unaware any reported cases of illness related to the products. They were sold at retailers throughout the United States and Canada.


The treats, sold in single-unit packages with lot date codes between 081508 and 010909, are:
  • 6-inch Beef Shank Peanut Butter, UPC 063725542007.
  • 2-pack Hooves Peanut Butter, UPC 063725542000.
  • 4-inch Rawhide Bone Peanut Butter, UPC 063725542003.
  • 6-inch Rawhide Bone Peanut Butter, UPC 063725542005.
  • 6-inch Healthy Hide Beef Shank Peanut Butter, UPC 09109333479.
Customers should return items the items to the store where they were purchased for replacement or refund. For more information, call Carolina Prime Pet at 1-888-370-2360.

Salix rawhide treats


In In a media release, Salix states that it has received no reports of illness from the rawhide treats it is recalling. The products are:
  • Healthy-Hide Deli-Wrap 3-Pack 5-inch Peanut Butter-Filled Rawhide. The rawhide treats comes in a clear plastic bag with attached header card and the name Deli Wraps on the front. The Universal Product Code is 0-91093-33354-0. All packages are marked with one of the following lot codes: A 08 208, A 08 212, A 08 232, A 08 234, A 08 263, A 08 264, A 08 268, A 08 275, A 08 276 or A 08 277. It was sold at PetSmart, Target and Wegmans Food Stores throughout the United States and Canada.
  • Healthy Hide 1-count 6-inch Peanut Butter Filled Shank Bone. The treat comes in a clear plastic bag with attached header card and the name Healthy Hide on the front. The Universal Product Code is 0-91093-33479-0. All packages are marked with one of the following lot codes: 20081508 and CP 20012209. It was sold at national retailers in the United States.
Customers can return the product to the retail store where it was purchased for a refund or exchange. For more information, call PetSmart at 888-839-9638, Target at 800-440-0680or Wegmans at 1-800-934-WEGMANS ext. 4760.


Happy Tails and Shoppers Valu biscuits

The recall by Shaw's and Albertsons involves Happy Tails and Shoppers Valu multi-flavored dog biscuits, according to a media release from Shaw's, which has stores throughout in New England. The biscuits were also sold at ACME, Jewel-Osco, and Star Market stores.

Albertsons says the products were sold at stores in Idaho, Oregon, Washington, Montana, Utah, Wyoming, Elko, Nev., and Williston, N.D.


The Happy Tails and Shoppers Valu products being recalled are:
  • Happy Tails Multi-Flavored Dog Biscuits, 26 oz, UPC 41163-42406.
  • Happy Tails Multi-Flavored Dog Biscuits, 4 pounds, UPC 41163-42403.
  • Shoppers Valu Multi-Flavored Dog Biscuits, 4 pounds, UPC 41130-30507.
Customers who purchased the dog biscuits can return them to any Shaw's store for a refund or exchange. For more information, call 877-932-7948.

PetSmart Grreat Choice Dog Biscuits

PetSmart has recalled Grreat Choice Dog Biscuits sold in seven different package sizes. In a media release, PetSmart said the recall was a precaution, and it was unaware of any reported cases of illness related to the dog biscuits. The Phoenix-based company has removed the biscuits from shelves at its 1,107 pet stores in the United States and Canada and from its web site.

The Grreat Choice Dog Biscuits being recalled were sold from Aug. 21, 2008, to Jan. 19, 2009. They are:
  • Small Assorted, 32 ounces, UPC 73725702900. -Small/Medium Assorted, 4 pounds, UPC 73725700601.
  • Small/Medium Assorted, 8 pounds, UPC 73725700605.
  • Small/Medium Assorted, 10 pounds, UPC 73725702755.
  • Large Assorted, 8 pounds, UPC 73725700638. - Extra Large Assorted, 8 pounds, UPC 73725700779.
  • Peanut Butter, 4 pounds, UPC 73725700766.
Customers can return the biscuits to any PetSmart store for a refund or exchange, the company said. Visit www.petsmartfacts.com or contact PetSmart customer service at 1-888-839-9638 for more information.
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According to the FDA, pets with salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Some pets will have decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Contact a veterinarian if a pet has consumed a recalled product and has these symptoms, the FDA advises.


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