U.S. peanut recall for the birds too!

Tue Feb 17, 2009 5:11pm EST
 
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NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) - The recall of peanut products in the United States has gone beyond just mere humans -- to birds.

Scotts Miracle-Gro Co., the largest U.S. lawn and garden product maker, recalled some of its five different varieties of wild bird food on Tuesday because of concerns that they may contain salmonella-contaminated peanut meal.

Scotts said it had not received any reports of illness involving its products and that the recall was voluntary.

The company said it no long uses any products from the Peanut Corp of America, which sought bankruptcy protection last week, after a salmonella outbreak at one of its plants led to one of the largest product recalls in U.S. history.

Some 636 people were infected and nine possible deaths are related to the salmonella outbreak, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

(Reporting by Dhanya Skariachan in Bangalore; Editing by Amitha Rajan, Leslie Gevirtz)