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DogMom
06-12-2007, 08:38 AM
It's been a few weeks since I sent you an email about the recall.
Just when I thought things have been relatively quiet with the food
recall a couple new things have come up. First, I want to give you
information about the Menu Foods Recall then give you information
about a Sam's Club dog food recall then talk about the
acetaminophen contamination in dog and cat foods.

For more information on the link to the full list of foods and a
history of the recall, got to:

http://clicks.aweber.com/z/ct/?2UV.slfB7INHMPZH_mVoVw
eath-update-from-dr-jon/page3.aspx



Since mid May, there have been a few additional recalls including:

MELAMINE CONTAMINATED RECALLS

* Royal Canin USA expands recall - Royal Canin USA has announced
the nationwide recall of eight Sensible Choice dry dog food
products and seven Kasco dry dog and cat food products. This
announcement is based on the identification of trace amounts of a
melamine derivative in a tainted Chinese ingredient labeled as rice
protein concentrate, which was provided to the company by domestic
ingredient supplier Cereal Byproducts, headquartered in Illinois.
* Costco dog food product recalled because of possible melamine
contamination - Kirkland, Washington-based Costco has announced the
recall of one of its pet foods after the manufacturer announced
that it contained rice protein that may be contaminated. American
Nutrition says the rice protein concentrate in Costco's "Kirkland
Signature Lamb and Rice canned dog food" may contain melamine, an
industrial chemical that was found in other recently recalled pet
foods.
* Nutra Nuggets 40 Lb. Lamb Meal and Rice Formula recalled due to
cross contamination - Diamond Pet Foods announced that it has
recalled a limited quantity of Nutra Nuggets 40 Lb. Lamb Meal and
Rice Formula because of confirmatory testing that indicates the
product may include traces of melamine resulting from cross
contamination during manufacturing. No animal deaths have been
reported.This action is limited to Nutra Nuggets 40 Lb. Lamb Meal
and Rice Formula with production codes of NLR0404A2SL, "Best
Before" Oct. 9, 2008, and NLR0404B2SL, "Best Before" Oct. 9, 2008.
The recalled product was manufactured at the company's Lathrop,
Calif. facility. No other Nutra Nuggets products are affected.


WAL-MART SALMONELLA RECALL

* Last week, Another RECALL on Wal-Mart 55lb Bags of Ol'Roy
Complete Nutrition Dry Dog Food - The press release read: Doane Pet
Care is announced a voluntary recall on a specific single lot of 55
pound bonus bags of Ol' Roy Complete Nutrition dry dog food. This
product was produced at one facility in Manassas, VA and was
distributed exclusively by some Wal-Mart Stores. Please note that
no other Ol' Roy products are affected, and that this recall is not
related to the Menu Foods recall (and other recent recalls) of pet
food due to tainted Chinese vegetable proteins. This product has
the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. People handling
this pet food can become exposed to Salmonella, especially if they
have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with
this pet food or any surfaces exposed to this product. Consumers
who have the dry dog food bearing the code "04 0735 1" with a "Best
By Apr 13 08" should not feed it to their pets. This voluntary
recall has been issued because FDA detected Salmonella in the
product. Doane Pet Care has not confirmed the presence of
Salmonella, despite extensive independent testing of duplicate
samples. Nonetheless, the company is issuing this voluntary recall
out of an abundance of caution. The company regrets any
inconvenience to pet owners. No illnesses have been reported to
date in connection with this product, or any product produced at
this facility.

Product: Ol' Roy Complete Nutrition dry dog food
Size: 55 pound bonus bag
UPC Code: 6 05388 72076 4
Lot Number: 04 0735 1
Best Buy Date: Apr 13 '08
Best Buy Date Location: Back of bag

Affected Stores: Only 69 Wal-Mart Stores potentially received this
product from 2 distribution warehouses in Virginia. The 69 stores
are located in Maryland (4 stores), North Carolina (10), Ohio (1),
Pennsylvania (3), Virginia (40) and West Virginia (11). A full
listing of the affected stores is available at
www.doanepetcare.com. This product UPC has been blocked from retail
sale at these 69 locations.

Any remaining product should not be fed to pets. Dispose of product
in a safe manner (example, a securely covered trash receptacle) and
return the empty bag to the store where purchased for a full
refund. Pet owners who have questions about the voluntary recall of
this 55 lb bonus bag of Ol' Roy Complete Nutrition dry dog food
products should call 800-624-7387, or visit the web site listed
above.


For more information on the link to the full list of foods and a
history of the recall, got to:

http://clicks.aweber.com/z/ct/?2UV.slfB7INHMPZH_mVoVw
eath-update-from-dr-jon/page3.aspx



ACETAMINOPHEN CONTAMINATION IN FOOD

I received a very disturbing report from the ASPCA's s Animal
Poison Control Center indicating that there are reports of
acetaminophen that have been found in brands of cat and dog food
not included on the Menu Foods recall list. From what I can tell,
an independent lab was running some routine screening tests and
found the acetaminophen. Due to the confidentiality agreement with
the lab, names of the foods have not been released. Stay tuned.

Here is the press release that I received:

**According to the ASPCA, "Though reports of dogs and cats poisoned
from the Menu Foods recall seem to have abated, this news is
extremely worrying," said Dr. Steven Hansen, a board-certified
toxicologist and senior vice president with the ASPCA, who manages
the ASPCA's Animal Poison Control Center (APCC).

"Our data show that if an average-sized cat ingests as little as
one extra-strength acetaminophen pain-reliever caplet and is not
treated in time, it can suffer fatal consequences," continued Dr.
Hansen. "Depending on the amount ingested, clinical effects can
include a condition called 'methemoglobinemia,' which affects the
ability of blood cells to deliver oxygen to vital organs, or even
liver damage."

"At this point, we have very little information as to the actual
level and concentration of this reported contamination, so it's
extremely important to be able to recognize any potential warning
signs of this kind of poisoning." However, early information on
this contamination suggests that concentration levels are not high
enough to have an adverse effect on most dogs; cats are more
at-risk.

Dr. Louise Murray, director of medicine at the ASPCA's Bergh
Memorial Animal Hospital (BMAH) in New York City, and a
board-certified internist, elaborates further. "Cats are especially
sensitive to acetaminophen toxicity for two reasons. First, they
don't have enough of a specific enzyme that enables the body to
metabolize the drug well. Second, cats are typically more
susceptible to red blood cell damage than certain other species of
animals. Put these together with a high dose of acetaminophen, and
you have a potentially deadly combination."

The most common effects of acetaminophen poisoning in cats include
swelling of the face and paws; depression; weakness; and difficulty
in breathing. "We also see a condition called 'cyanosis,'" said Dr.
Hansen, "which is literally when their gums and tongue start
turning a muddy color due to the lack of oxygen."

In 2006, the APCC received more than 78,000 calls to its hotline
involving common human drugs such as painkillers, cold medications,
antidepressants and dietary supplements--a 69 percent increase over
2005.

Until more information is provided by the U. S. Food & Drug
Administration (FDA), the ASPCA urges pet parents to keep an eye
out for any signs of illness in their pets, and also report any
changes in dietary consumption or behavior to their veterinarian
immediately. Those considering a home-cooked diet for their pets
should do so in consultation with their veterinarian, or visit the
ASPCA's Web site for more information.

"It is important to remember to never give any medication to your
pet without first talking to your veterinarian, and always store
potentially poisonous substances in a secure cabinet above the
countertop and out of the reach of pets," said Dr. Hansen. "If you
think your pet has ingested a poisonous substance, you should take
her to your veterinarian immediately." **

For more information on the link to the full list of foods and a
history of the recall, got to:

http://clicks.aweber.com/z/ct/?2UV.slfB7INHMPZH_mVoVw
eath-update-from-dr-jon/page3.aspx

countrychic10
06-12-2007, 09:17 AM
How disturbing. :( Just two nigts ago there was another bit on our local news about some local pets being affected by the recalled foods and suffering extreme illness......Wonder what it's going to take for people to wise up and pay attention to what their pet is eating?

I hear folks rant and rave about the "government" needs to step in and resolve this and set higher standards for our pet food...but come on!

Do you REALLY think the government is going to make an effort over PET FOOD?? I won't be holding my breath for them to step up and fix this. And I surely won't be waiting around on the pet food industry to get serious and start giving a damn about following regulations in regards to the food they manufactur. If they are lining their pockets with cash, they could care less what is going on.

If people want a change they are going to have to wise up and take matters into their own hands. If a brand has been recalled...don't buy it! Even if they claim that particular bag is safe!!!! Let their sales drop so badly and they might put forth a real effort to fix their problem.

In the meantime..it's up to pet owners to educate themselves and think long and hard before just grabbing whatever pet food is available off the grocery store shelf.

DogMom
06-12-2007, 09:27 AM
Well this is seriously the first recall that scared me. The puppies that I have fostering are eating the Ol Roy that's been recalled with this list (the active nutrition). It's supplied to me by the shelter so I feed it (mainly because in a recent poll around my town, it showed that 68% of pet owners here feed Ol Roy so we just start them out right away on it so when they go to new homes the change of feed isn't stressful). I still give them RAW too, but they also get the kibble. So when I saw what the shelter gave me was recalled I nearly freaked. But the list says 55 lb bags and they only give me 20 lb bags. I'm going to double check the bag though this morning anyway. Good thing hubby didn't take it to the trash can yesterday afterall (cause trash picks up on Mondays).