Most everyone loves peanut butter, including our pets. So when we saw this recall notice, we thought it was important to spread the word.

The recall is due to Salmonella contamination at the Sunland Inc. processing plant in Mexico. The following peanut butter brands have been affected (the list is growing daily, so here is a link to the FDA for updates):

Archer Farms (Target), Earth Balance, Fresh & Easy, Late July, Heinen's, Joseph's, Natural Value, Naturally More, Open Nature, Peanut Power Butter, Serious Food, Snaclite Power, Sprouts Farmers Market, Sprout's, Sunland and Dogsbutter, among others.

So, in addition to watching out for your children and yourself, please beware when feeding peanut butter to your pets.

Salmonellosis symptoms in pets may include:

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea (may or may not contain blood)
  • Poor appetite
  • Weight loss
  • High fever
  • Dehydration
  • Weakness
  • Abdominal pain
  • Depression
  • Lethargy
  • Miscarriage 
  • Mucus in stool

If your pet is exhibiting these symptoms, please call your vet ASAP.

By-the-way, Salmonellosis is a zoonotic illness. Meaning that YOU can "catch" it from your pets! Yikes!  To avoid becoming ill yourself, make sure to wash your hands thoroughly after handling your ill pet, and/or any of their utensils, or belongings. Bleach is the best method to kill salmonella bacteria in the environment.

UPDATE:  October 1, 2012
There have been a number of recalls related to the expanded Sunland Inc. recall of products which include peanut butter and other products made with nuts and seeds. Among those companies initiating related recalls are Chattanooga Bakery Inc., Fairytale BrowniesFalcon Trading Company/SunRidge FarmsGiant Food, disclaimer icon  Gretchen Shoebox Express, Harry and David, Jer's ChocolatesJustin's, Late July Snacks, Newman's Own Organics disclaimer icon Oregon Ice Cream Company, Stop & Shop Supermarket Company and Whole Foods Market.

date Monday, September 24, 2012

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