By Gary Bogue
Wednesday, March 21st, 2007 at 8:47 am in Food recalls.
Tuesday, the FDA listed 14 pet deaths related to the recall of pet food by Menu Foods — 9 dead cats belonged to Menu foods and died while they were sampling some of the food; four dead cats and one dead dog belonged to consumers who purchased the food.
A quote from a story by Abigale Goldman in today’s (March 21) Los Angeles Times: “We are receiving many calls from consumers; we have not had a chance to confirm those yet,” said Stephen F. Sundlof, the director of FDA’s center for veterinary medicine.
In other words, they expect the number of pet deaths to increase.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration Web site seems to have the most complete round-up of latest information on the pet food recall. http://www.fda.gov/
From the FDA Web site:
“FDA is conducting an investigation and working with Menu Foods, Inc. to ensure the effectiveness of the recall. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-866-895-2708. Consumers who wish to report adverse actions or other problems can go to http://www.fda.gov/opacom/backgrounders/complain.html to contact the FDA complaint coordinator in their state.”
This page on the FDA Web site contains copies of all the FDA’s press releases issued on the pet food recall, plus assorted press releases issued from some of the name-brand pet food companies affected by the recall. I think you’ll find them to be interesting reading: http://www.fda.gov/oc/opacom/hottopics/petfood.html
Homemade pet food?
Maybe it’s time to start cooking up our own homemade meals for our pets. At least we’ll know what the ingredients are. (Go to www.google.com and do a search on “home cooked pet food.”)
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There’s more information in my Monday and Tuesday blog entries (below).