WASHINGTON -- The recall of pet foods and treats contaminated with an industrial chemical expanded Thursday to include dog biscuits made by an Alabama company and sold by Wal-Mart under the Ol'Roy brand.
The Food and Drug Administration said the manufacturer, Sunshine Mills Inc., is recalling dog biscuits made with imported Chinese wheat gluten. Testing has revealed the wheat gluten, a protein source, was contaminated with melamine, used to make plastics and other industrial products.
Sunshine, of Red Bay, Ala., sells pet foods and treats under its own brands as well as private labels sold by grocery, mass merchant and dollar stores, according to its Web site. The recall included some of the products made for sale under five private labels, including Ol'Roy biscuits, sold by Wal-Mart Stores Inc., and Stater Bros. large biscuits, sold by Stater Bros. Markets. It also covered a portion of Sunshine's own Nurture, Lassie and Pet Life dog biscuit brands.
Sunshine Mills said it would post a complete list of the recalled dog biscuits on its Web site, http://www.sunshinemills.com/.
Please pass this on. I've read on several web sites where people are starting to make their own pet food. That's beginning to look like a pretty good idea. (Sniper One recommends Bil-Jac dog food.)
Is human food safe? Bread was pulled from the shelves of Safeway and WinCo stores in Portland, Oregon. KOIN News 6:
A Safeway spokesperson says the company voluntarily stopped making and selling some products after the FDA asked for the tests.
The FDA says the bread is safe, though officials would not reveal why investigators chose that bread.
But the investigation continues according to the FDA. Homemade pet food might not be such a good idea after all. (I'm only half kidding.) Check those labels. If there's wheat gluten in it, beware.