Widening Peanut Recall Now Includes Pet Treats

486 are sick following outbreak at Georgia single plant
By Drew Nelles,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 22, 2009 2:58 PM CST
Then-presidential candidate, Sen. John McCain pays for girl scout cookies. Don't worry; girl scout cookies are unaffected by the recall.   (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
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(Newser) – Peanut-flavored pet treats are the latest addition to the recall list of at least 125 peanut butter products, USA Today reports. A salmonella outbreak at a Georgia peanut plant has so far sickened some 486 people and may have caused six deaths. Pets can get salmonella from the peanut treats, but the Food and Drug Administration warns that owners risk infection by merely handling the food.

“There are problems in the plant," an official said. "Those salmonella are not supposed to be there." The recall list is available on the FDA’s website. As for more pressing matters: Yes, Girl Scout Cookies are safe, the Big Money reports. The companies that produce the iconic treats don’t receive peanut products from Peanut Corporation of America, which owns the Georgia plant.