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Posted on Sun, Nov 18, 2012 : 12:55 p.m.

Magnolia Bird Farm recalls several exotic bird formulas due to possible Salmonella risk

By Lorrie Shaw


flickr photo by TANAKA Juuyoh

Magnolia Bird Farm Inc., based in Anaheim, Calif. is voluntarily recalling some of its products because of a Salmonella risk, which could lead to health issues in animals and humans alike.

Salmonella, also referred to as salmonellosis, causes digestive problems, and mammals typically present with fever, diarrhea, vomiting and weakness. Other symptoms can occur. Some animals with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever and vomiting. It should be noted that some animals will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. If your avian exhibits any of sign of illness and has consumed this product, they should be seen by their veterinarian immediately.

Salmonella can affect other animals as well —  not just the pets who consume the treats. There is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products. People handling dry pet food of any kind and/or treats can become infected with Salmonella, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the treats or any surfaces exposed to any contaminated product.

The affected products include:

  • Sunland Peanuts in Shell: 2 lb. (clear plastic), 5 and 10 lb. (brown Kraft bag), 25 &and 50 lb. (white paper bag)
  • Hulled Peanuts: 2 lb. (clear plastic) 5 and 10 lb. (brown Kraft bag), 25 and 50 lb. (white paper bag)
  • Magnolia Bird Farm Conure Mix: 2 lb. (clear plastic), 5 and 10 lb. (brown Kraft bag), 25 and 50 lb. (white paper bag)
  • Magnolia Bird Farm Large Hookbill: 2 lb. (clear plastic), 5 and 10 lb. (brown Kraft bag) 25 & 50 lb. (white paper bag)
  • Magnolia Bird Farm Hookbill Supreme: 2 lb. (clear plastic), 5 & 10 lb. (brown Kraft bag), 25 and 50 lb. (white paper bag)
  • Magnolia Bird Farm Parrot Mix: 3 lb. (clear plastic), 5 and 10 lb. (brown Kraft bag), 25 & 50 lb. (white paper bag)

No illnesses have been reported in association with the recall, and the action is being done as a precaution. The peanuts that are used in the seed mixes were sourced by Sunland Inc., which has been embroiled in a nationwide recall of peanut and peanut butter products they produce.

Other pet products have been recalled as a result. Click here to learn about those.

Products were distributed nationwide from Oct. 12, 2011 to Oct. 12, 2012. Peanuts in the original Sunland yellow mesh bag will have either best by dates from Oct. 12, 2012 through Oct. 12, 2013 on the packaging, or a “Crop Year” marking on the package of 2011 or 2012, up to and including Oct. 12, 2012.

If you have purchased any of these products, you are asked to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund, or dispose of them immediately. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 714-527-3387 from Tuesday - Saturday, 9 a.m/ - 5 p.m. (PST).

Click here to read the FDA press release.

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Lorrie Shaw leads the pets section for and owner of Professional Pet Sitting. Shoot her an email, contact her at 734-904-7279 or follow her adventures on Twitter.