Kinship Circle: TOXIC FOOD – Essential Recall Updates

April 2nd, 2007 7:30 pm by Kelly Garbato

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From: Kinship Circle
Date: Apr 2, 2007 12:30 AM
Subject: TOXIC FOOD: Essential Recall Updates

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4/2/07: TOXIC FOOD – Essential Recall Updates

In this alert:

1. To Make Report + Get New Information
2. New & Ongoing Recall Info, As Of 4/2/07
3. Good Advice…
4. Suspicious DRY Food Contamination?
5. Some Retailers Not Pulling Recalled Food
6. Pertinent Articles & Websites

http://www.Petconnection.com
Update 4/1, 7:50 am: 2,822 pets have been reported as deceased to our PetConnection database. Of these, 1,557 are cats, and 1,265 dogs.

Photos from: Pet Food Recall Photo Gallery
http://www.flickr.com/groups/petfoodrecall/

Photo via Jelsy

My favorite photo of Sasha (1994(?)-March 21, 2007). Loyal, chatty, purring; cuddler; alarm clock; lap warmer; soccer player; head turner; shy; sweet. You are missed, little kitty.

Photo via fuzzybunnystew

At the end of this past February, Mao stopped eating. His vet told me he had late stage kidney failure with off the chart readings. I made the decision to have him put to sleep. I stayed up all night with him, took pictures, and sobbed. He’d lay his head on my arm trying to comfort me… I found out a couple of weeks ago about the recall. I fed Mao Iams Select Bites in Gravy daily before his sudden death. I am livid. I’m going to speak out on this issue as much as possible. I don’t want Mao or the thousands of other animals to have died in vain. Menu Foods does not deserve protection.

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1. To Make Report + Get New Information

Adverse effects or deaths of pets conclusively linked to eating contaminated foods should be reported to the FDA:
http://www.fda.gov/opacom/backgrounders/complain.html

American Veterinary Medical Association website contains helpful information for pet parents and veterinarians:
http://www.avma.org/aa/menufoodsrecall/default.asp

The FDA has also posted new information on the pet food recall and its regulation of pet foods:
http://www.fda.gov/cvm/petfoods.htm#newsreleases

FDA Enforcement Report Index:
http://www.fda.gov/opacom/Enforce.html

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2. New & Ongoing Recall Info, As Of 4/2/07

SCIENCE DIET DRY FOOD:

Hill’s Pet Nutrition recalls Prescription Diet m/d Feline DRY food
http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/03/30/pet.food.recall.ap/index.html

Hills Pet Nutrition, Inc. Voluntarily Recalls Single Product, Prescription Diet™ m/d™ Feline DRY Food, Only Product Containing Wheat Gluten
http://www.fda.gov/oc/po/firmrecalls/hills303_07.html

Hill’s Pet Nutrition
http://www.hillspet.com/

DEL MONTE PET PRODUCTS:

Del Monte Pet Products Voluntarily Withdraws Specific Product Codes of Pet Treats and Wet Dog Food Products

Del Monte Pet Products: http://www.delmonte.com

Consumer Hotline: 800-949-3799

NESTLE PURINA PETCARE PRODUCTS:

Pet food recall expands to new wet brand
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070331/ap_on_go_ot/pet_food_recall

Nestle Purina PetCare Co. said it was recalling all sizes and varieties of its Alpo Prime Cuts in Gravy wet dog food with specific date codes…

Nestle Purina PetCare: http://www.purina.com

MENU FOODS RECALLED DOG PRODUCT INFO:

Recall Information 1-866-895-2708
http://www.menufoods.com/recall/product_dog.html

MENU FOODS RECALLED CAT PRODUCT INFO:

Recall Information 1-866-895-2708
http://www.menufoods.com/recall/product_cat.html

PETSMART PRODUCTS THAT ARE PART OF RECALL:

http://l.petsmart-mail.com/l/r/04LRGH8B0LfKq02HkX

PETSMART RECALLED BRANDS:
Authority: 1-866-738-7375
Award : 1-866-738-7375
Eukanuba” 1-800-882-1591, http://www.eukanuba.com
Grreat Choice: 1-866-738-7375
Hills/Science Diet: 1-800-445-5777, http://www.hillspet.com
Iams: 1-800-882-1591, http://www.iams.com
Mighty Dog: 1-800-778-7462, http://www.purina.com
Mixables: 1-303-768-8400, http://www.varietypetfoods.com
Nutro: 1-800-833-5330, http://www.nutroproducts.com
Sophisticat: 1-866-738-7375

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3. Good Advice…

From: Judy Reed (AnimalVoicesNews [at] earthlink.net), AnimalVoicesNews

1. DO NOT FEED PET FOODS CONTAINING WHEAT GLUTEN.

(CNN, 4-1-07 – Unfortunately, Not an April Fool’s Joke) I have purged my pantry of all pet foods containing wheat gluten whether or not the producer is on the recall list at this time. I have set these foods aside and have NOT thrown them away or returned them, yet.

NOTE FROM KC: I know for a fact Wellness Brand uses NO WHEAT GLUTEN.

2. SAVE ALL receipts for ANY and ALL pet foods and bills for veterinary visits, tests, medications, and your personal incidental expenses (including but not limited to mileage to and from stores for different pet food, to vets, to pharmacies, for physician visits and medication YOU require during this stressful time, etc) in connection with any illness in your pet you suspect or believe “may” be related to contaminated food — whether or not you intend to make a claim at this time. (This language is intended to ensure you leave nothing out!) Also, retain a portion of, or all of any pet foods you have fed to your pets prior to this contamination recall, particularly prior to an illness, including packaging, and receipts or proofs of purchase for the foods. Remember, if at such time you decide a claim is in order, too many documents and kinds of physical evidence are better than none or not enough.

Judy Reed, Former Legal Assistant
(Not licensed to practice law in Colorado, California, or anywhere else!)
AnimalVoices / Speaking For Animals & Their Environment / BushWatcherNews

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4. Suspicious DRY Food Contamination?

IAMS DRY

Is Iams Dry Food Also Contaminated?
http://www.peta.org/feat-iams.asp

PETA has received queries from concerned dog and cat guardians who are worried animals might fall ill after eating dry food, and as a result, PETA is demanding that Iams and Menu Foods also recall dry food products until they are chemically tested — and cleared — for safety. We have also sent an urgent letter to the director of the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Veterinary Medicine urging him to investigate Iams and other companies that sell food supplied by Menu Foods…

SEVERAL REPORTS OF IAMS DRY FOOD LINKED TO ILLNESS
http://tinyurl.com/37d8en

DISCUSSION ABOUT POSSIBLE DRY FOOD CONTAMINATION
http://www.gothamist.com/2007/03/17/pet_food_recall.php#comment-1043832

NUTRO DRY

IS NUTRO DRY FOOD ALSO CONTAMINATED?
From: labailey428 [at] charter.net

I called Nutro after the emails I got b/c my dogs are vomiting yellow bile too – they confirmed they are about to do an official recall on dry food . They said to quit feeding it to them immediately and go buy something not distributed by Nutro or Menu Foods. Nutro: 800-833-5330

CLARIFICATION REGARDING NUTRO DRY

From: Despina Andrelus
Date: Tue, 27 Mar 2007

Although some people were told of this pending recall from Nutro, others were told that Nutro’s soon-to-be recall is not true… but here is my take on it: The main thing I know is that my big dog, Zak, who was eating Nutro dry (the others are on prescription food, thankfully!), was throwing up, as well… with the yellow bile… blood in stool. So, I took a urine sample in and was told that it tested strong for probable kidney failure, they would have to take a blood test to be sure. After the blood test, I was — thankfully — told that the kidneys were okay, but he did have a bladder infection, and possible Cushing’s Disease. Aside from that, I have had so many of my cats die in the past couple of years from kidney failure and unknown symptoms, and they were all on Nutro dry cat food…

I have heard so many people that have animals with similar symptoms with Nutro dry, with blood in their urine, as well, testing strong for kidney failure, coming out of it with with urinary infections, that I have to believe something is dreadfully wrong with Nutro’s food. I have now switched to Blue holistic food for Zak (Royal Canin for my two remaining cats), and he no longer vomits…no longer seeks out grass to eat… His stool is near perfect and he’s interested in food again. As a matter of interest, I will also be calling the number, and asking for someone higher up to explain the situation. But for me, talk is cheap… my dog is the proof of the matter, and Nutro has way past betrayed my trust…

NOTE FROM KINSHIP CIRCLE: In light of last year’s Nutro “poison scare,” and now the current recall, we advise everyone to steer clear of all Nutro products.

WHAT ABOUT WHEAT GLUTEN?

SHOULD I GET RID OF ANY BRAND WITH WHEAT GLUTEN IN IT?
From: Judy Reed

Question: Not all pet foods contain wheat gluten, but what about the companies not listed in the recall that DO!?

Answer: At this time, the ASPCA is uncertain … other pet food manufacturers may also issue voluntary recalls, and advises pet parents to contact their pet food manufacturer directly. With the addition of this brand of dry pet food to the massive Menu Foods recall.

ASPCA Urges Caution as Dry Food is Voluntarily Added to Pet Food Recall Advises Consumers Not to Panic—Not All Dry Foods Contain Wheat Gluten: http://www.aspca.org/site/PageServer?pagename=press_033107

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5. Some Retailers Not Pulling Recalled Food

From: adrienne dearmas
Subject: Something YOU can do about the Menu Foods recall

PetSmart has an invested interest in taking the Menu Foods recalled food off their shelves but supermarkets do NOT.

I was in a Giant supermarket today (March 26); in their “Reduced for Quick Sale” bins I saw multiple cans of “Companion” cat food, all of which were cuts, sliced and non-pate style canned food. I took the can to the general manager and asked him if he was aware of the Menu Foods recall. He informed me that the cans in the store were not on “the list,” and that they had removed the tainted cans, based on the UPC code, last week. I asked if he was following the story and was he aware that Menu Foods had recalled ALL cans, regardless of date code. He said, “well, yes, I saw something about that this morning and I told my guy to look into it.” He then went back to what he was doing.

Go to your local grocery store or Walmart and check to see what is on the shelves. If you find the poisoned food, remove it and take it to the general manager and ask him/her to make it a priority to remove the food from the shelves.

Assume that the average person a) doesn’t know about the recall b) thinks the quality food they buy at their local grocery store is “not on the list” and help protect their pets for them! Also, the Washington Post did a story several years ago about canned cat and dog food being purchased by poor and homeless people as a cheap means of protein. You’d think the grocery stores would be mindful of that sad fact even if they don’t care about cats and dogs!

Thanks,
Adrienne DeArmas, Chris Usher Photography & Associates, Inc.
http://www.chrisusher.com

*NOTE FROM KINSHIP CIRCLE: I experienced the same thing at a local Walgreens. The manager I spoke to seemed unaware of the changing nature of the recall.

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6. Pertinent Articles & Websites

Barking up wrong tree in pet food recall?
Lawyer claims culprit is vitamin D
http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Canada/2007/04/01/pf-3888145.html

4/1/07, By ALAN CAIRNS, SUN MEDIA – As the poisoned pet food crisis widened yesterday with the recall of a dry food, a Toronto lawyer leading a $60-million class-action negligence suit against a Guelph company fears scientists might be barking up the wrong tree.

With suspicions in the Menu Foods poisoning shifting from animopterin rat poison to melamine used in Asian fertilizers, lawyer David Himelfarb said suspect food should be “immediately” tested for excessive vitamin D.

Himelfarb said the kidney failure seen in the Menu Foods case is “exactly” the same as symptoms that left a Whitby woman’s dog seriously ill in 2005. The woman, Janet Grixti, alleges in a statement of claim filed in Superior Court of Ontario that her chocolate Labrador Mocha became ill after it was fed Royal Canin pet food with excessive amounts of vitamin D.

10 TIMES NORMAL: “We have taken hundreds of samples of (Royal Canin) food from across the GTA. I can’t give you accurate numbers … but there is an awful lot of (vitamin D) … some tests have shown more than 10 times the normal amount … might even be more,” said Himelfarb, who is on the class-action case with lawyer Joe Rochon.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has received 8,800 complaints of dog and cats deaths or illness… READ MORE: http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Canada/2007/04/01/pf-3888145.html

List of recalled pet foods grows longer
http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/03/31/pet.food.recall.ap/index.html

Story Highlights

• One type of Alpo wet dog food recalled on Saturday
• Hill’s Pet Nutrition recalls Prescription Diet m/d Feline dry food
• FDA says chemical used in plastics found in recalled pet food, sick animals
• Scientists not sure melamine was cause of pets’ deaths

http://www.Petconnection.com
Update 4/1, 7:50 am: 2,822 pets have been reported as deceased to our PetConnection database. Of these, 1,557 are cats, and 1,265 dogs.

Tainted Food Pet Deaths Put At Over 100

Cats may be more sensitive to pet food contaminant
Greater susceptibility to melamine may explain why more cats than dogs died
http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/03/31/pet.food.recall.cats.ap/index.html

FDA: Plastics Chemical In Recalled Pet Food
http://www.wlky.com/tu/5nJcbXZhu.html

What is melamine?
http://blogs.usatoday.com/ondeadline/2007/03/fda_plastics_ch.html
What is melamine? The safety sheet for this chemical says it is a white crystalline solid that has proved toxic in lab tests on rabbits and rats. AP says it is used as fertilizer in Asia…

OTHER INFORMATIVE RECALL SITES
http://www.howl911.com/petfoodrecall.htm
http://l.petsmart-mail.com/l/r/04LRGH8B0LfKq02HkX
http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zhtml?c=196265&p=factset16

What’s in a Can of Dog Food? Don’t ask.
http://www.slate.com/id/2162164?GT1=9231

EYEWITNESS ACCOUNT: PET FOOD RECIPE?
SOURCE: Cornwall’s Voice For Animals, cvfa.uk [at] virgin.net

[From my friend on myspace] 3/22/07, Gayle writes: My brother has actually been to the [MENU FOODS] plant in Columbia/Lexington, South Carolina. (He automates machinery and they bought machinery from the company my brother works for.) He said it was DEPPLORABLE! Upon entering the road to the plant, there are barrels lined up, starting at the street. People from nearby areas bring their dead pets, cattle, road kill and shelters (their euthanized animals) and dump them in the barrels. The barrels are then taken inside the plant where the carcasses are boiled. They pull out the larger bones to resell as pet bones. The meat, hide, small bones and fur are ground up and sold as pet food to the companies on the recall list. My brother said the smell at that place is unbearable. He could not stay there because of the smell and knowing how they made the pet food. He said he could not stop from gagging… He said they also use rotten fish from the grocery store, old dead chickens. After his trip to that plant, he began making his own dog food for his dog

KINSHIP CIRCLE RECOMMENDS…

Check out natural, preservative/additive-free lines:
http://www.petfooddirect.com

All-Natural Dog Food:
http://www.petfooddirect.com:80/store/brands4dept.asp?dept%5Fid=130

All-Natural Cat Food:
http://www.petfooddirect.com:80/store/brands4dept.asp?dept%5Fid=131

We [the five furry ones] love Wellness, PetGuard, Innova, Wysong, by Nature Organics, Avoderm, and Halo.

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  1. Fendi Says:

    I am tracking you back for PETA :)

    Kiss
    Fendi

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