Tuesday, February 17, 2009, 10:43am EST

Scotts recalls bird food amid salmonella scare

Source of Article:  http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/stories/2009/02/16/daily10.html

Business First of Columbus

Scotts Miracle-Gro Co. is keeping an eye out for birds and bird-lovers.

The Marysville-based lawn and garden giant’s Scotts Co. LLC subsidiary this week launched a voluntary recall of five varieties of suet wild bird food products over concerns that they might contain peanut meal bought from Lynchburg, Va.-based Peanut Corp. of America’s Blakely, Ga., plant. Peanut Corp.’s products have become the center of a federal probe into a salmonella outbreak that has involved scores of illnesses and several deaths, including two in Ohio.

Peanut Corp. originally only recalled peanut butter and paste but recently expanded efforts to include all peanut products made in Blakely since Jan. 1, 2007, Scotts said. The company said salmonella not only can affect animals but can pose a risk to humans who handle products tainted with it. No illnesses have been reported and products from the Blakely facility are no longer being used, Scotts said.

Bird food included in the recall involves about $500,000 in annual revenue, less than 1 percent of the company’s sales for its bird food business.

Scotts said it is considering legal action against Peanut Corp. to recover costs of the recall.

Scotts (NYSE:SMG) is asking retailers and distributors to recall the products and pull them from shelves. Customers are urged to throw the product away. Requests for replacements or refunds can be placed at 1-866-512-8876 or online at scottswildbirdfood.com or scotts.com.

Click here to download details on product manufacturing dates and UPC numbers involved in the recall. Products involved in the recall, only for items manufactured between Dec. 27 and Jan. 17, are:

• Morning Song Nutty Safari Suet, 11 oz.

• Morning Song Woodpecker Suet 3 pack, 1.78 lbs.

• Royal Wing Raisin Suet, 11.75 oz.

• Morning Melodies Variety Suet (3 count).

• Morning Song Variety 15-pack suet, multi-pack with 15 suets and feeder.



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