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The latest on the pet food recall

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.”)

Anything to add?
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There’s more:
There’s more information in my Monday and Tuesday blog entries (below).

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2 Responses to “The latest on the pet food recall”

  1. Pat in Antioch Says:

    This is so scary…I’m afraid to give my senior cat (16 years old) ANY canned food now even though what she eats isn’t on the list. It’s always been an easy way to get some of her meds into her.

    What bothers me most reading the latest is that 9 of Menu’s own taste testers died from the food. This (by itself) is horrible, but shouldn’t this have been a clue? How did these foods even make it out of the plant after that?

    Just to be safe, Mandy’s fancy Feast will be going back to Petsmart on my next shopping day!!

    Pat in Antioch

  2. Marilyn Peacock Says:

    My cat Smokey died Jan. 5th after a week of laying around, hiding and not eating or drinking. Even though Smokey was 14 years old he was never lethargic like this. He used to follow me where ever I went in the house. The last week of his life he never went anywhere except to find another dark place to hide or lay for hours. The cat food he ate (the only food he ate) was not on the list of recalled foods. He always ate Wal Mart brand of Special Kitty Tuna dinner. I want people to know that this food is also suspect! I kept all the uneatten cans and am more than willing to send them to be tested. Please don’t test them on an animal.
    Sincerely,
    Marilyn Peacock

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