On Your Side: Recalled Dog Treats Back On Store Shelves?

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News 12 at 6, October 22, 2007

NORTH AUGUSTA, SC -- Bags of dog treats that appear to be the same treats that were recalled several months ago are back on the shelves here in the Augusta area.

That's causing some worry for several pet owners.

They are Ol' Roy Peanut Butter Dog Treats. They were recalled, but now, they're back on Wal-Mart shelves.

The numbers on the bag match the recalled numbers, but fortunately, the treats are safe.

For Libby Longo, her greyhounds are like family. "Winnie has been in the family for a year and Lou has been here since March," she said.

That's why she got pretty scared when she noticed something weird on the treats she was feeding her dogs. "We decided we'd look on the backside of the bag," she said.

The treats are 'Ol Roy Peanut Butter Dog Treat, which are the same type that was recalled months ago during the peanut butter recall.

The bags Libby bought had a label that was glued on, but then she decided to look on the inside of the bag. "On the backside is the recalled number."

We double checked. The numbers on the bag, 787 42 34501, exactly match the numbers listed on the FDA’s list of recalled dog treats. Could these really be just repackaged recalled dog treats?

We did a little checking of our own. We bought two bags from the same shelves Libby did. And lo and behold, the inside of the package listed the same recalled numbers that Libby's bags did.

12 On Your Side called Wal-Mart to ask for an explanation. This is the response we received: "Our supplier didn't want to destroy the new and unused packaging in its warehouse. So when it came time to restart production, it placed stickers with new UPC's and ‘QA OK’ on the packaging to show that the product inside was from new, safe batches of food."

Same bags, but different, safe food; that's news that's caused Libby to breathe a sigh of relief. "You don't want to give them anything that could poison them," she said.

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