Dogsbutter Peanut Butter for Dogs Recall


September 24, 2012 – Sunland, Inc. has announced the voluntary recall of some of its human food products has now been expanded to include a pet food product, Dogsbutter RUC with Flax PB, due to possible contamination with Salmonella.

The event was reported by the FDA in a news release dated September 24, 2012.

Based upon the FDA bulletin, the recall appears to include the 16 ounce jars of Dogsbutter RUC with Flax PB.

The recalled product has a Best-If-Used-By date of between May 1, 2013 and September 24, 2013. This information is stamped on the side of the jar’s label just below the lid.

Dogsbutter can typically be found at national chain stores including Target and General Nutrition Center (GNC).

What Caused the Recall?

According to the FDA bulletin…

The voluntary recall was initiated after learning that between June 11, 2012 and September 2, 2012, twenty-nine people reported Salmonella Bredeney PFGE matching illnesses in approximately 18 states, including Washington, California, Arizona, Texas, Louisiana, Missouri, Illinois, Minnesota, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island, North Carolina, Virginia, Connecticut, New Jersey and Maryland, according to a report issued on September 22, 2012 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

What to Do?

Consumers are urged to discard the recalled product immediately. They are also invited to contact the company at 866-837-1018 for information on the recall.

In addition, a consumer services representative is available Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM MT at 575-356-6638.

You can report complaints about FDA-regulated pet food products by calling the consumer complaint coordinator in your area.

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  • Hound Dog Mom

    Here’s the product website: – they’ve increased the CFU’s too. It explains the use of the MGG chelate as well.

  • Thanks for the tip!  The 2 sites I visited still said “11” in their descriptions!! Although I don’t think I saw “beet root” as one of their ingredients before either.  So something out there is just not up to date!

  • Pattyvaughn

    Sorry Sandy
    I read too many things one after another and I guess now I have them all mixed up  I should take notes.

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Hi Sandy –

    Total Zymes has been reformulated – it now has 14 strains of probiotics. I’m sure what they were referring to with the MSG was that it contains MGG chelate – it’s stabilized glutamate – isn’t it free glutamate that’s the problem? I wouldn’t see why stabilized glutamate would be an issue, it’s just an amino acid.

  • The Total-Biotics has 11 strains of probiotics and the Total-Zymes has 14 strains of enzymes, and the Total-Zymes Plus has everything.  But I remember some time ago that I had asked Shawna or Toxed about it, and there was something in it that was MSG related. I’m not sure if anything has been changed about it though since I last looked at it. It’s been over a year ago. That’s why I ended up getting Mercola brand.

  • Pattyvaughn

    Total Biotics also has 14 strains.  It looks like a great porduct.

  • Pattyvaughn

    I just emailed you.

  • Nectarmom,

    Mercola probiotics have 14 strains and there’s another brand called Ultra Pet Products Total-Biotics that has 11 strains.  The second brand also has Total-Zymes Plus, a combo product.|Pet+Type=Dogs&avs|Department=Supplements&avs|Supplement+Type=Probiotics

  • Nectarmom

    Patty could you please tell me more about the probiotics from Mercola that you were speaking about in the Brothers thread that is now closed. You can email me if you like at [email protected]

    My one Chihuahua with intestinal allergies is having issues and I am hoping this might help her.

    Thank you, Jennifer

  • Pattyvaughn

    Hi Robert Paul Hudson

    We all get frustrated sometimes, but we try not to call names here.  Yes, they got off topic by talking about Diamond here, but I only saw one very short post where someone seemed confused about what Diamond does and does not make, so that hardly classifies as a bunch of anything except off topic.

  • You people are a bunch of idiots. Dogsbutter has absolutely nothing to do with Diamond.  Dogsbutter is made with an ingridient found in peanut butter made by Sunland. Sunland issued a recall on its peanutbutter, and Dogsbutter issued a voluantary recall of its product because of the Sunland recall

  • Ktriemstra

    I wonder what marketing genus thought “Dogsbutter” would be a good name for a pet food product?

  • Melissaandcrew

     Halloween dog costumes aka Destiny2NY-

    Please do not change your Id’s w/out letting posters know. It gives the appearance of attempting to conceal your identity

  • I love the results on my 80# dog age 13 that use to suffer with skin
    alergies and HOT SPOTS. He is on OCEAN FUSION . I have used most every
    product in 50 years and I think I finally hit the jackpot.Great………….

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Landlockeddog –

    Having a meat as the first ingredient doesn’t mean much. Meat is 80% moisture, after processing that doesn’t leave much meat. SO that means that, technically, in the final product real meat isn’t the first ingredient.

  • Landlockeddog

    Earthborns first ingredient is a meal; not a whole protein like Fromms.

  • Landlockeddog

    If you all want bang for your buck; get Fromm.  It is a wonderful food at a great pricepoint. AND IT HAS NEVER HAD A RECALL.  Smaller family owner and operated, if I had my way it would be the only food I carry in my store.

  • Destiny2ny

    LOOK at Earthborn !!!  I love the results on my 80# dog age 13 that use to suffer with skin alergies and HOT SPOTS. He is on OCEAN FUSION . I have used most every product in 50 years and I think I finally hit the jackpot.

  • BryanV21

    The “at least they let us know” excuse is complete bull. I don’t care if they bought billboard space in every city and town in America to let owners know about the recall. The fact of the matter is this… THEY’VE HAD RECALLS! 

    If I murder somebody and turn myself in, does that make my crime okay? I admitted it, without having been caught by somebody else, so logically you wouldn’t think so bad of me. Right?

    And as for Taste of the Wild and Chicken Soup For The Pet Lover’s Soul you’re wrong. It took me all of about 3 seconds to do a search and find this…

  • Kelly Stevens

    Absolutely. Diamond foods haven’t been bad in forever. TOTW & Chicken Soup were NEVER involved in  it. I own a family run pet supply store, and it was only a few of the actual type of Diamond food. None are involved in any recalls now. Give it a break. as has been noted, that plant in South Carolina, none of their other plants ( Michigan gets theirs from Missouri ) were involved. And Diamond was the only compaqny that let their customers know about it on national TV. The others kept  it hidden and left it up to the stores whether they wanted to tell anybody. Not all did. i know of at least one other store who didn’t deem it necessary. So please don’t automaticly run down Diamond, It’s a pretty fair food and a very reliable company. Kelly, Feathers & Furry Friends

  • Melissaandcrew


    You could not be more wrong-Diamond OWNS the plant, Diamond STILL OWNS and USES the plant, Diamond was responsible for the recalls that the OTHER companies had to issue.Were did  you get such incorrect information?

  • Melissaandcrew

     Bob K-

    This has nothing to do with going to manufacturing plants. We were discussing Diamond, and their duct tape/cardboard and recalls. And again, if we should not believe the FDA report of conditions, please offer up proof of a false report.

  • Dave’s Hounds

    The peanut butter I bought at Trader Joes last week was recalled as well.

  • monkey

    I flagged Melodie Brewster’s comment for the large amount of misinformation in it.

  • Hound Dog Mom

    You’re right. 🙂

    I always forget totw is diamond owned.

  • Jan_Mom2Cavs

    HDM….just a small correction to your post below.  TOTW is actually a Diamond owned brand.  It was listed as “other brands”. I agree with everything else you posted. 🙂

  • Hound Dog Mom

    That last part is supposed to say: NutriSource is manufactured by Tuffy’s and was not involved either. Disqus won’t let me edit my post.

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Melodie Brewster –

    It was a Diamond owned and operated plant
    that had the recalls, Diamond manufactures food for several other brands
    (TOTW, Solid Gold, Wellness, Canidae, etc, etc.). When people are
    referring to “Diamond” products they are referring to products
    manufactured at Diamond plants, not just the Diamond brand. Check the
    threads for these other brands involved and you’ll see plenty of
    negative remarks. Also, fyi, Natura is owned by Proctor and Gamble and
    is not manufactured by Diamond and was not involved in the recall.
    NutriSource is manufactured by Tuffy’s and was not involved Tuffy’s and was not involved either.

  • Bob K

     Melissaandcrew – You obviously do not get out to manufacturing plants very often. 

  • This recall is about Dogsbutter, why does Diamond have to be dragged into this?  FYI, Diamond wasn’t the only brand being manufactured at that particular plant and it was NOT a Diamond plant, it was an independent plant used by several companies.  I forget all the other brands that were manufactured there but Wellness and Nutrisource were two of them and I think Naturapet too (Innova and California Natural).  So where are all the comments about not buying from them either?  On another note, this plant was also responsible for the aflatoxin recalls Diamond had to do and as a result of that recall and this last one (and probably the FDA report on the plant itself), they no longer use this plant.  I don’t understand why managers of pet food companies aren’t going to these plants to make sure everything’s up to par.  If they went to visit this plant and saw the duct tape and cardboard they probably would have backed out a long time ago.  I work at a meat processing plant and we get visited by the companies who buy what we produce all the time.  Same should be done for pet food IMO.

  • Shelley

    I’ve never heard of a pet specific peanut butter either and  I wouldn’t pay the extra cost for this one anyway.  The company that sells Dogsbutter,, looks like it does rescue work & this is an item that is sold to raise funds.  They state that for every jar sold they donate a jar.  The on line price is $9.99 per 16 oz. jar…pretty pricy even if it does have flaxseed in it.  I only saw four or five products offered.

    Sunland, the company who makes the peanut butter is a large company that I knew about when I was in the human food business but it’s not well known to consumers. They produce peanut butter for many retailers like Target, Sprouts, Trader Joe’s and more.

  • Melissaandcrew

    Bob K-

    Lol-I don’t-however, their track record speaks volumes to me, and I have no reason to doubt the FDA report. Do you? If so, please provide a link to the factual FDA report on the plant that shows the one being referenced is inaccurate or fraudulent.

  • Melissaandcrew


    I am well aware of the human recalls. My point being, Peanut butter is not a product that I would seek out a dog specific variety of, and therefore, I have never heard of the product involved.

  • Shelley

    I used to work in the food industry as a food microbiologist for a large snack food company but I’m not in the food industry now so my technical knowledge is dated.  But I don’t think the basics of peanut butter manufacturing have changed a lot since I was involved in what I believe was the very first recall of peanut butter products contaminated with Salmonella and E. Coli.  Before that occurance, there was no industry standard to check for Salmonella or E. Coli in peanut butter as peanut butter is generally a very clean product with pretty low bacterial counts.  I know exactly how the peanut butter in that case became contaminated.  I’ve been out of the food industry for a long time so I don’t know the method of contamination in many of the peanut butter recalls I’ve heard about in the years since I left the food industry.

  • Shelley

    No, this peanut butter being marketed for dogs, is made in a peanut butter plant that makes many human food items.

  • Shelley

    There are dozens of human peanut butter brands involved in this recall as well as almond butters and cashew butter, check the link for the FDA.  The Dogsbutter is the only pet food product involved.

  • Shelley

    The company that sells Dogsbutter appears to be a company that sells a few items to raise money for rescue.  They show t-shirts, nutrition bars, & this peanut butter.  Most companies that sell peanut butter have their peanut butter manufactured for them, Sunland is the company who manufactured this product for

  • Bob K

     Melissaandcrew – Don’t believe everything you read on the internet.

  • Bob K

     Baseball15 – What does the bag say?  Where are the Diamond plants located?  You can always call the number on the bag or use Google to find the website.

  • Baseball15

    Is this food made in the Diamond plant? 

  • Kmh57

    Sorry for the wrong spelling of FROMM

  • Kmh57

    From is good, but Earthborn Holistic is also a good food and family owned. All ingredients are from the U.S. and they’ve never had a recall in over 85 years. They are also APHIS approved.

  • Melissaandcrew


    I have never heard of it either. If I were going to feed peanut butter, I would simply use human panut butter-

  • Melissaandcrew

     Bob K-

    I agree-recalls can happen to any company. However, when it keeps happening to one company over and over, I start to look to other reasons besides one case of “bad luck”. In real life, if I run into traffic day after day, I am increasing my chances of getting hit by a bus. When one repairs equipment with duct tape and cardboard, and package food several months AFTER producing it( Did they eve say how they stored it to prevent contamination or preserve quality/freshness/) one is increasing their chances, imo, of having issues. For me, I am smart enough to not race blindly into traffic, and I am smart enough to know that I do not want to buy food produced under those conditions as stated in the FDA reports.

  • Dulciesdogbowl

    what is dogsbutter peanut butter?  What is in it that is different than any other peanut butter?  If you buy all natural, the only ingredient should be peanuts …no salt or sugar…


  • InkedMarie

    You are right, they do but I am all set with using a food from a company that uses cardboard and duct tape on their machinery. That was public information on the FDA site I read. There are dog foods that have never had a recall, that make high quality food; no reason to buy a food from a company that makes so much food they can’t do it properly or without using household items to repair their machinery.

  • Tgrisez

    I also love this sight….  I would rather get 20 notifications a day than have a sick pet….

  • Geez, what is going on with the FDA these days?? They are becoming more and more useless to the consumers. No wonder certain politicians want to get rid of them.. it seems all they do is take money for doing nothing. They are not doing their job very effectively and that needs to change. There are far too many recalls these days!!

  • Gvrrs6

    Yes you are right, why is it that all the wagon train chicken strips and the likes of other products are still on the shelves,,,USDA, food and drug, and all the other croonies don’t give a damn…too much money going to some body to ignore the publics outcry to do something.

  • Bob K

     Foruicry – Diamond is huge dog food mfg. only a small portion of the food was contaminated at one plant.  Google food recalls, – they happen frequently with human foods too.   

  • Shelley

    I don’t know the inside info on this recall but from looking at the FDA site, Sunland, the peanut butter manufacturer, has recalled numerous brands & varieties of human products too.  Dogsbutter RUC is the only pet food product I noticed that is included in the recall.  From my previous knowledge of the peanut butter industry this most likely is not a Chinese product although Sunland states on their site that the company has establishments around the country & the world.  Sunland is headquartered in New Mexico, lots of peanuts are grown in that area.  Peanut butter manufacturers in the US don’t have to go to China to find Salmonella, that organism is grown right here in the USA, it naturally occurs in birds.

  • Laspalmasapts225

    Raw food has a greater potential to carry Salmonella since the bacteria is not killed during the cooking process. And, if you are buying processed raw dog food it is more likely than meat from the butcher to contain pathogens. Remember last year’s Nature’s Variety problems with it’s raw chicken?

  • Gerri

    I feed my dogs raw food, but if I had to change I would use
    FROMM, it is the best.

  • Johndon

    when are we going to stop Chinese poison products from entering the USA?

  • Leeskra

    … thing is this product is made in the USA no? 

    And the ingredients looked ok. 🙁 – this is it correct?

  • LINFLE224

    Thanks for recall info! Its just unfortunate there are so many!!! GET CHINA TREATS AND FOOD OFF SHELVES TOO!!

  • Foruicry

    I love this site but am so fed up with all the recalls!!!!
    Which is why I have changed my dogs food to one NOT produced in the Diamond Factory!

  • Judy Lawson

    I’m loving this site and the knowledge that’s so willingly passed on to us consumers.
    Keep up the great work!!