January 24, 2009 in Idaho

Albertsons recalls dog biscuits

The Spokesman-Review

Albertsons stores are recalling dog biscuits that may contain peanut butter contaminated with salmonella.

Spokeswoman Donna Eggers said the recall applies to 26-ounce and 4-pound packages of Happy Tails Multi-Flavored Dog Biscuits. She said customers may return the biscuits for an exchange or a full refund.

Eggers said Albertsons voluntarily recalled the dog biscuits as a precaution after Peanut Corporation of America announced a nationwide recall of peanut butter and peanut paste that may have been used in the biscuits. The peanut butter and peanut paste was produced in Peanut Corporation’s Blakely, Ga., plant.

The Happy Tails dog biscuits were sold in Albertsons stores in Washington, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Utah, Wyoming, Nevada and North Dakota. The biscuits have not been directly linked to the salmonella outbreak that prompted the recalls, Eggers said.

Citing the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Eggers said salmonella may cause fever, vomiting and possibly bloody diarrhea, but some infected pets may have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. She said owners of any pets that ate the Happy Tails dog biscuits should contact a veterinarian.

Pets that aren’t sick could still carry the bacteria and spread it to other pets or to people, Eggers said.

The recalled biscuits are identified by uniform product codes 41163-42406 and 41163-42403.

For more information, call SuperValu Inc. at (877) 932-7948 or check the FDA’s Web site, www.fda.gov.

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