By Gary Bogue
Monday, April 9th, 2007 at 7:56 am in Pet food.
I’m reprinting this here in my blog in case you didn’t read it in my Sunday column:
Why is it so difficult to get accurate information?
So where are we with this horrible pet food recall mess that seems to be responsible for the deaths of unknown numbers of our beloved cats and dogs?
First of all, why are those desperately important numbers still unknown?
Wouldn’t it be helpful to know these things? Especially to the many hundreds or thousands of veterinarians and pet owners who are apparently still trying to care for and treat these poor animals?
The FDA has still confirmed only 16 pet deaths due to the tainted pet food recall.
** The College of Veterinary Medicine at Iowa State University is investigating 43 suspected cases of pets that died from eating tainted pet food (New York Times, by Katie Zezima, April 6).
** The Michigan State Veterinary Medical Association reports 46 dead pets. Oregon State Veterinary Medical Association reports 35 dead pets (Washington Post, by Patricia Sullivan, April 5).
And that’s only two state veterinary medical associations out of 50!
** PetConnection.com, a Web site for pet owners said that as of last Thursday it had received 3,240 reports of pet deaths (Kansas City Star, by Jennifer Mann, April 6).
The above is only a drop in the bucket. This is HUGE. So where are we?
The Chinese government said last Thursday that no wheat gluten had been exported to the U.S. The Chinese company that the FDA says supplied Menu Foods with the tainted wheat gluten denies it ever shipped them the stuff. Eh?
And the FDA appears so befuddled, it looks like the media knows more than it does. Now that’s scary.
I never thought I’d find myself saying this, but, “Hey, Congress, where are you now that we need you? We need a Congressional hearing!”