[CT Birds] suet

Joseph Budrow jbudrow at sbcglobal.net
Wed Feb 13 15:12:15 EST 2013

Awesome tip, Amy. Thanks

--- On Wed, 2/13/13, Amy Hopkins <hopkinsus at cs.com> wrote:

From: Amy Hopkins <hopkinsus at cs.com>
Subject: Re: [CT Birds] suet
To: ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org
Date: Wednesday, February 13, 2013, 12:38 PM

Regarding the recommendation for using organic peanut butter for suet, that is best avoided.  All peanut butter has low levels of aflatoxin, a toxin secreted by the Aspergillus fungus family.  This is toxic to birds.  Natural peanut butters without preservatives have the highest levels of aflatoxin, so should not be fed to any birds, domestic or wild.  Remember that "organic" and "natural" do not necessarily mean healthy and safe.  Preservatives exist for a reason.  Without them, bacteria and other organisms flourish.

Amy Hopkins, MD

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