I’m sure you’ve heard about the large outbreak of salmonellosis in people in the US associated (again!) with contaminated peanut butter. Based on the extent of the outbreak, it probably should not come as a surprise that pet treats are now caught up in the recall. The FDA has announced that the recall now includes some pet food products that contain peanut paste produced by the Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) at its Blakely, Georgia processing plant. The concerns here are two-fold: the risk of disease in pets fed the treats, and risk to people handling the treats. If you have peanut butter-containing pet treats, you should stop feeding them to your pet(s) until you can determine whether or not they are affected by the recall.

The recommendation in the recall notice really applies at all times: "It is important for people to wash their hands–and make sure children wash their hands–before and, especially, after feeding treats to pets."

More information on Salmonella and pets can be found on the Womrs&Germs Resources page.