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The latest on the pet food recall

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

Posted on Wednesday, March 21st, 2007
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Update on pet food recall

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).

Posted on Tuesday, March 20th, 2007
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Pet Food Recall

I wondered when something like this was going to happen

When we had last September’s E. coli breakout with the spinach, I figured it was going to only be a matter of time until something similar happened with pet food. Unfortunately, I was right.

In a front page story in Sunday’s Times by Associated Press writer Matthew Verrinde:

Menu Foods, the Ontario-based company that makes wet food sold under many top pet food brand food names, “said Saturday it was recalling dog food sold under 48 brands and cat food sold under 40 brands, including Iams, Nutro and Eukanuba. The food was distributed throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico by major retailers such as Wal-Mart, Kroger and Safeway.”

An unknown number of cats and dogs suffered kidney failure and about 10 died after eating the affected food, the company said. “The recall is limited to ‘cuts and gravy’ style pet food that was sold in cans and pouches.”

The story said, “A complete list of the recalled products along with product codes, descriptions and production dates is available from the Menu Foods Web site, www.menufoods.com/recall.

The company designated two phone numbers that pet owners can call for information: 866-463-6738 and 866-895-2708.” I tried both these numbers repeatedly this morning and they were always busy. I suspect they’re getting a LOT of calls.

The complete story in Sunday’s Times can be read at http://www.contracostatimes.com/mld/cctimes/news/16929669.htm

I’ll immediately update this blog with any new information on this as soon as I get it.

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Posted on Monday, March 19th, 2007
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ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center advice on recent FDA recalls of cat food and peanut butter

Here’s an alert from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals about some recent food recalls that might affect your pets:

NEW YORK — Last week, the U. S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued two recalls pertaining to products contaminated with the bacteria Salmonella. The first involves a recall on Peter Pan and Great Value brands of peanut butter with the manufacturer code “2111” on the jar lid.

The second recall pertains to Wild Kitty Raw All Natural, Frozen Cat Food – Chicken with Clam Recipe. Contaminated packages include both the 3.5 ounce and 1 lb. sizes. Thus far, there have been no reports of illness pertaining to either product in pets.

As many pets — especially dogs — enjoy an occasional peanut butter treat, the ASPCA cautions pet parents against feeding recalled peanut butter to pets. Affected jars should be thrown out, and extra caution should be taken to ensure that pets do not access trash receptacles containing the discarded peanut butter. Similar steps should be followed for the contaminated cat food.

“Most healthy adult dogs and cats are less susceptible to Salmonella infection than humans,” says Dr. Eric Dunayer, Senior Toxicologist for the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center. “However, it is still possible for problems to occur, so we recommend discarding any product involved in this recall.”

For more information about the recalls, please visit:

http://www.fda.gov/bbs/topics/NEWS/2007/NEW01563.html
and http://www.fda.gov/bbs/topics/NEWS/2007/NEW01562.html

The ASPCA’s Animal Poison Control Center is the premier animal poison control center in North America. An allied agency of the University of Illinois, it is the only facility of its kind staffed by 25 veterinarians (nine of whom are board-certified toxicologists) and 14 certified veterinary technicians. Located in Urbana, Ill., the specially-trained staff provides assistance to pet owners and specific analysis and treatment recommendations to veterinarians pertaining to toxic chemicals and dangerous plants, products or substances, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

For more information on potentially dangerous substances in the home or to reach the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center, you can call 1-888-426-4435 or visit www.aspca.org/apcc.

Posted on Wednesday, February 21st, 2007
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