The Seattle Times reports that dog treats sold in Washington State and seven other states are being recalled due to fear that they might contain peanut paste or peanut butter. Peanut butter and paste and products that contain it have been linked with over 486 cases of salmonella infection in humans in the last few months including six deaths. More than 100 people have had to be hospitalized as well. There have been at least three cases in King County linked to the outbreak.
The article says that Albertson is voluntarily recalling a pet treat called Happy Tails. PetSmart is recalling varieties of its Great Choice dog biscuits. The fear is that the pet food treats might contain salmonella contaminated with the peanut butter or peanut paste. While veterinarians don’t think that pets are in danger because most of them are immune, their owners who feed them the dog treat might get infected with the bacteria.
Salmonella is a foodborne bacteria which can cause severe stomach cramping and diarrhea in people who come in contact with it. The elderly, young children and people with compromised immune systems may contract severe illness requiring hospitalization and some cases even result in death.
For a list of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Peanut Butter Product Recalls, click here:
If you or a loved one has become seriously ill or a loved one has died due to foodborne illness, you should contact a personal injury attorney. The Farber Law Group, with offices in Seattle and Bellevue, has more than 30 years experience representing victims of food poisoning. With our help, you may recover compensation for medical costs, loss of wages and damages caused by the food poisoning.