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  1. #1

    June 12, 2007 MORE PET FOOD RECALLS

    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

  2. #2
    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.
    "Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole." --Roger Caras

  3. #3
    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).

 

 

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