PetSmart’s Grreat Choice Dog Biscuit isn’t such a great choice for fido because they contain peanut paste with salmonella. It may also not be so Grreat for fido’s owners:
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. (CNN)
PetSmart has removed the biscuits and hasn’t reported any illnesses amongst its customers. I’m not sure how its customers would call them, but that’s something else again.
Meanwhile FDA is saying the Peanut Corporation of America’s Blakely, Georgia processing plant is the source of the problem. Besides the pet food the plant makes cookies, crackers and ice cream, 125 products in all. The bug was found in unopened containers seeming to rule out post processing contamination. FDA expects more recalls. The latest is peanut butter granola bar in the NutriSystem product line. Salmonella infection would seem to be a pretty good way to lose weight, but I guess the company wants to earn its money the old fashioned way: by scamming you with advertising with the tiny letters at the bottom o the screen that say, “results not typical.”