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Update on pet food recall

By Gary Bogue
Tuesday, March 20th, 2007 at 9:10 am in Food recalls.

I’m reading everything I can find about the pet food recall. Here’s some new stuff I found out today:

** Before you do anything, read staff writer Denis Cuff’s front page story in today’s Times, “Pet food recall has owners on edge,” for information from local vets at http://www.contracostatimes.com/mld/cctimes/community/16938766.htm

** Veterinarians quoted in the other most recent stories I’ve read suggest that pet owners should contact their vets for advice if their pets show signs of lethargy, loss of appetite or vomiting, especially if they’ve eaten any products listed on the recall list. (You can find the recall list by clicking on the Menu Foods Web site at www.menufoods.com/recall.)

** To date, more cats seem to have been affected than dogs.

** According to a story by Abigail Goldman in today’s Los Angeles Times, The FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine is investigating the problem. The L.A. Times story reports, “The FDA, which is tracking the number of pets believed to be sickened by the recalled foods, said customers can find phone numbers for local offices and other information on its Web site, http://www.fda.gov

Goldman’s L.A. Times story also reports, ”Owners who believe that their animals were sickened by the recalled foods should hold on to documentation such as food labels and information from their veterinarians, said Menu Foods spokeswoman Sarah Tuite. ‘Somebody will take responsibility for that,’ she said. ‘I don’t know yet in what form or what way.’” (The entire L.A. Times story can be read at http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-petfood20mar20,1,1816620.story?coll=la-headlines-business&ctrack=1&cset=true)

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There’s more information in my Tuesday (March 19) blog entry (below).

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