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Recall of Berkley and Jensen's Dog Treats and FDA Update On the Ongoing Peanut Butter Recall
Release Date: March 12, 2007

NJLINCS Health Alert Network
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Distributed by the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services

Subject: Recall of Berkley and Jensen's Dog Treats and FDA Update On the Ongoing Peanut Butter Recall
Date: 3/12/2007; 09:37:34
Message #: 100409-3-12-2007-PHIN
Contact Inf Alan L. Talarsky, NJDHSS/CEHS/Food and Drug Safety Program
Phone: 609-588-3122x4560; Email: at2@njlincs.net
Attachments: None

Please review the following messages from Alan Talarsky, Environmental Scientist 1, Food and Drug Safety Program, DHSS, concerning the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's Class 1 Recall of "Berkley & Jensen" Full-Cut Pig Ears dog treats due to the presence of Salmonella and an FDA update on the ConAgra peanut butter recall.

BJ's Wholesale Club, Inc. is recalling its 25-count packages of "Berkley & Jensen" Full-Cut Pig Ears dog treats with no lot number and only the expiration advisory "BEST IF USED BY 2009" (without referencing a specific month) because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism which can cause serious infections in dogs, and, if there is cross contamination, young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.

Confirmatory testing is ongoing but until the testing is final, consumers should immediately stop feeding the treats to their pets.

Salmonella can potentially be transferred to people handling these dog treats, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the product or any surfaces exposed to these products. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis. Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product should contact their healthcare providers.

Dogs that become ill from Salmonella generally will have a fever and diarrhea that may contain blood or mucus. Affected animals may seem more tired that usual, and may have vomiting. Some dogs do not have diarrhea, but will have decreased appetite, fever and excess salivation. If your dog has consumed the recalled product and is exhibiting these signs, please contact your veterinarian.

The potential for contamination was noted after testing revealed the potential presence of Salmonella in a 25-count package of "Berkley & Jensen" Full-Cut Pig Ears dog treats.

There have been no confirmed illnesses to date. These products have been removed from sale while the problem is being investigated.

BJ's members who purchased "Berkley & Jensen" Full-Cut Pig Ears dog treats between January 1, 2006 through March 8, 2007 should discontinue use of the product and may return the unused portion to any BJ's Wholesale Club for a full refund.

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As a follow-up to the recent Salmonella outbreak linked to peanut butter, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is informing consumers that ConAgra has extended their recall of all Peter Pan peanut butter, and all Great Value peanut butter beginning with product code 2111, including peanut butter toppings, back to October 2004. This information was obtained recently as part of the ongoing investigation being conducted by FDA.

Consumers who have purchased any of the products since October 2004 should discard them. FDA's advice to consumers continues to be not to eat any Peter Pan peanut butter or any Great Value peanut butter beginning with the 2111 product code.

FDA will provide updates on recalled products, including any other products that may have been made with potentially contaminated peanut butter and distributed to consumers.

Symptoms of foodborne illness caused by Salmonella include fever, diarrhea and abdominal cramps. In persons with poor underlying health or weakened immune systems, Salmonella can invade the bloodstream and cause life-threatening infections or death. Individuals who have recently eaten peanut butter-containing products from these companies and who have experienced any of these symptoms should contact their doctor or health care provider immediately and report the illnesses to their state or local health authorities. Similarly, institutional food establishments and other food service providers who have received reports of illness from consumers after they consumed a product containing this peanut butter are encouraged to share that information with their local health department.

FDA is continuing to work closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and with states and local officials to identify how the contamination occurred in order to prevent similar foodborne illness outbreaks.

No action is being requested of local health agencies at this time. If any requests for assistance are received from the FDA, the Food and Drug Safety Program will contact you.

Please click the weblink below for additional details. If you have questions concerning this information, please contact Alan Talarsky at 609-588-3123, or by e-mail at alan.talarsky@doh.state.nj.us.

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Please go to the following weblink for detailed information regarding this and other recalls: http://www.fda.gov/opacom/7alerts.html






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