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Birdchick Blog: Scott's Wild Food Bird Recall

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Scott's Wild Food Bird Recall

When I last blogged about the peanut butter salmonella recall, I was able to find companies that had statements saying their suets and peanut products are safe. However, I was unable to get a response from Scott's Wild Bird Food. Yesterday, I got this email from Jillian Leiter, Consumer Response Representative:

Thank you for your interest in Scotts and for the opportunity to help you with your lawn and garden endeavors.

I do apologize for the delay in our response but at this time we do not have information available regarding our Morning Song products and the recent peanut recall. Once we have the information available we will forward it on to you.

Well, this press release just hit my inbox:

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.

You can read the rest here.

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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5 Comments:

Anonymous Nightngail said...

Birdchick, you rock! You demonstrate daily that one person can take on the big guys and really make a difference. Thanks for your efforts.

2/17/2009 7:41 PM  
OpenID ramblingwoods.com said...

Thank you for this. I haven't bought any products from Scotts since the recall involving pesticides....Michelle

2/17/2009 8:38 PM  
Blogger donaldthebirder said...

When I called them, a company spokesman told me that they didn't deal with PCA. What lies. I will no longer purchase their products.

2/18/2009 8:44 AM  
Anonymous Hugh said...

It may not be lies so much as confusion. A company like Scott's might buy peanuts from a supplier that sometimes buys its peanuts from PCA. It's glib and possibly dangerous to simply say they don't deal (directly) with PCA, but not necessarily a lie. I think they should get some credit for looking further into the issue than some other suet companies, and going ahead with a potentially costly recall just in case. There's a bit more to read on this topic over at Round Robin

2/18/2009 12:07 PM  
Blogger donaldthebirder said...

Ignorance, not confusion.

2/18/2009 12:26 PM  

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