FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — March 10, 2009 — Alaska Canine Cookies of Anchorage, Alaska is recalling Peanut Butter, Power Bone and Carrot Cake flavors of Canine Cookies because they were manufactured using peanuts recalled by Peanut Corporation of America which have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. Salmonella can affect animals and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products. People handling dry pet food and/or treats can become infected with Salmonella, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products or any surfaces exposed to these products.
Healthy people infected with Salmonella should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. Rarely, Salmonella can result in more serious ailments, including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms. Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product should contact their healthcare providers.
Pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Some pets will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.
Alaska Canine Cookies were distributed in our 4 stores, (Anchorage, downtown Anchorage in the 5th Avenue Mall, Homer, and Wasilla) and on the website (www.alaskacaninecookies.com).
All three flavors (Peanut Butter, Power Bone, and Carrot Cake) come in a “Filled with Fun” bag (diagonally striped bag containing 3 large bones) and a “Woof Pack” (15 ounce bag labeled “Alaskan “Woof” Pack” with the Husk E. Dog on the front containing approximately 45 medium bones). Both the Filled with Fun and the Woof Pack, as well as any other Canine Cookie with a 1 ½ inch bone shaped sticker reading “Peanut Butter for Dogs, a natural treat for dogs” are included.
Additionally, the “Lollipup” (available only in the peanut butter flavor) comes in a 1 ounce bag with the Husk E. Dog on the front, and has the name “Lollipup” on the back and contains 1 large bone.
The “Polar Pooch Pouch” (offered only in the carrot cake flavor) is a 5 ounce bag with the Husk E Dog on the front, with “canine carrot cake” written across the front of the bag and contains 12 medium bones. There are no product codes or UPC codes for these products.
All three flavors have been available in bulk by request. There are no product codes or UPC codes for the bulk products.
No known illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this product. The recall was initiated after it was determined that the peanut product received was manufactured by Peanut Corporation of America.
Consumers who have purchased any of the Canine Cookies in the 3 flavors mentioned above are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact us at 1-800-280-2927 (10 – 5, Monday through Friday, Alaska time).