Kinship Circle: PET FOOD RECALL: News, Updates, Action

April 15th, 2007 1:58 pm by Kelly Garbato

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Subject: PET FOOD RECALL: News, Updates, Action

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4/14/06: PET FOOD RECALL: News, Updates, Action

IN THIS ALERT:

1. Latest Death Toll
2. Bookmark These Blogs, Sites With Updated Info
3. To Make Reports And Follow Government News
4. Product Recall Lists And Info
5. In The News
6. ACTION: Support Congressional Inquiry On Toxic Food
7. Goodbye Sweet Sam

FROM KINSHIP CIRCLE: The landscape changes daily: MORE foods are recalled, “conspiracy theories” (that food was intentionally poisoned) are suggested, Menu Foods is accused of delaying the recall as animals died, Congressional hearings are underway… There is far too much fluctuating info to include in any single alert. So here are recall cliff notes, with links to full articles, updates, and affected products.

View Kinship Circle’s last detailed alert:
4/2/07: TOXIC FOOD – Essential Recall Updates

And demand action against Menu Foods

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1. Latest Death Toll

Update 4/14: 4,133 pets have been reported as deceased to our PetConnection database. Of these, 2,129 are cats, and 2,004 are dogs. Total reports of all owner-suspected cases of food-related illness: 12,820.

http://www.petconnection.com/recall/

Baby – Died February 21, 2007

Photo posted for Baby’s people by lisacat

“I poisoned my baby, kept on feeding her the same poisoned food. The recall wasn’t announced yet, now my life will never be the same. Her name was Baby, she died on February 21, 2007. Miss her terrible…”

Baby’s mom has posted a more complete story here:
http://www.menufoodsvictims.blogspot.com/index.html

PET FOOD RECALL PHOTO GALLERY
http://www.flickr.com/groups/petfoodrecall/

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2. Bookmark These Blogs, Sites With Updated Info

* PetConnection.com
http://www.petconnection.com/blog/

* SUBSCRIBE TO RECALL E-UPDATES from The National Pet Foundation
http://www.nationalpetfoundation.com/pet-food-recall.html

* Information Portal For Pet Food Recalls & Related News
http://www.howl911.com/

* Poop City
http://poopcity.typepad.com/poop_city/

* Pet Food Tracker
http://petfoodtracker.blogspot.com/

* Itchmo
http://www.itchmo.com/

* The PetsitUSA.com Blog
http://petsitusa.com/blog/?p=210

* Pet Foods NOT On Recall List
http://www.thepetfoodlist.com/

* ASPCA Pet Food Recall Resource Center
http://www.aspca.org/site/PageServer?pagename=recall

* PETITION: Require Pet Food Companies to be Held Accountable for Damages
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/231907158?ltl=1175473367

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3. To Make Reports And Follow Government News

Report your pet’s illness or death to the PetConnection.com database, a self-reporting veterinarian-sponsored website: http://www.petconnection.com/recall/

Report your pet’s illness or death to the FDA for your pet to be counted: http://www.fda.gov/opacom/backgrounders/complain.html

FDA posts new information on 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

Senate Hearing On Pet Food Contamination [held] April 12, 2007
An oversight hearing on the ongoing investigation and regulatory mechanisms that govern the pet food industry as the widespread recall of contaminated pet food continues… http://www.durbin.senate.gov/record.cfm?id=272058

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4. Product Recall Lists And Info

* COMPREHENSIVE, CURRENT RECALL LIST
http://www.howl911.com/petfoodrecall_list.htm

* 2007 Pet Food Recall Database
http://data.tennessean.com/DB/petfood2007/petfood2007.php

* AVMA Comprehensive Pet Food Recall List
http://www.avma.org/aa/menufoodsrecall/products.asp

* MENU FOODS Recalled Dog Product Information
http://www.menufoods.com/recall/product_dog.html
Recall Information 1-866-895-2708

* MENU FOODS Recalled Cat Product Information
http://www.menufoods.com/recall/product_cat.html
Recall Information 1-866-895-2708

* NUTRO Recalled Product Information
http://www.nutroproducts.com/menufoods.asp

* DEL MONTE Recalled Product Information
http://www.delmonte.com/petfoodrecall.html

* SUNSHINE MILLS Recalled Product Information
http://www.sunshinemills.com/

* PURINA Recalled Product Information
http://purina.com/

* HILL’S (SCIENCE DIET) Recalled Product Information
http://www.hillspet.com/menu_foods/md_Recall_03302007_en_US.htm

* ROYAL CANIN Recalls Medi-Cal Prescription Food for Cats
http://www.itchmo.com/read/royal-canin-recalls_20070410

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5. In The News

* CHECK FOR LATEST HEADLINES HERE
http://del.icio.us/poopcity/food_recall_07

* 4/13/07 – FDA urges retailers to double check for contaminated pet food
http://www.wstm.com/Global/story.asp?S=6363953&nav=2aKD

* 4/12/07 – Pet Owners Have Some Advice for Congress
http://www.consumeraffairs.com/news04/2007/04/pet_food_recall24.html

* 4/12/07 – Tainted Pet Food Is Still Sold in Stores, FDA Says
http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601103&sid=agLaaVjAViLU&refer=us

* 4/12/07 – So What’s In Fido’s Food, Anyway?
http://www.wboc.com/Global/story.asp?S=6332368&nav=MXEFM7m3

* 4/11/07 – Pet food recall expands again; UCD toxicology lab detects tainted varieties not on FDA list, triggering a wider alarm.
http://www.sacbee.com/101/story/153049.html

* 4/10/07 – Pet food insider sold shares before recall
here OR http://tinyurl.com/2mfbs6

* 4/10/07 – Owners turn to organic, natural pet foods
http://www.usatoday.com/money/industries/2007-04-05-petfood-market-usat_N.htm

* 4/10/07 – Lawyers Set to Argue New Legal Theory in Pet-Poisoning Cases
http://www.law.com/jsp/article.jsp?id=1175517541569&pos=ataglance

* 4/9/07 – Pet Food Recall: Pet Cat & Dog Food Contaminated Intentionally?
http://www.postchronicle.com/news/original/article_21273861.shtml

* 4/4/07 – Tainted Wheat Gluten Sold as “Food Grade”
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/david-goldstein/tainted-wheat-gluten-sold_b_44743.html

* 4/4/07 – Tips on Cooking Fluffy and Fido a Home-Cooked Meal
http://www.avma.org/press/releases/070404_homemade_diets.asp

* 4/3/07 – ChemNutra Announces Nationwide Wheat Gluten Recall
http://www.fda.gov/oc/po/firmrecalls/chemnutra04_07.html

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6. ACTION: Support Congressional Inquiry On Toxic Food

SOURCE: Judy Reed, AnimalVoicesNews [at] earthlink.net
AnimalVoices Groups, AnimalVoicesNews [at] earthlink.net
BushWatchers, BushWatcherNews [at] googlegroups.com

U.S. Senator Richard Durbin and Representative Rosa DeLauro have demanded answers about the status of current investigations and call for better regulation of the pet food industry.

Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Domestic Policy of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, has sent Menu Foods’ CEO a letter of inquiry which asks hard-hitting questions, including a request for ‘all internal documents, correspondence, email, records, data and information … relating to this incident and to nutritional information or purity testing on all Menu Food pet food products.'”

Show your support by thanking each and encouraging them to follow through:

Sen. Richard Durbin (D-Ill.)
http://durbin.senate.gov/
309 Hart Senate Bldg.
Washington, DC 20510
ph: 202-224-2152; fax: 202-228-0400

230 S Dearborn St. STE 3892
Chicago, IL 60604-1483
ph: 312-353-4952; fax: 312-353-0150
web email: http://durbin.senate.gov/contact.cfm#contact

Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.)
http://www.house.gov/delauro/
2262 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
ph: 202-225-3661; fax: 202-225-4890

59 Elm Street
New Haven, CT 06510
ph: 203-562-3718; fax: 203-772-2260
web email: http://www.house.gov/delauro/IMA/issue.htm

Durbin’s and DeLauro’s letter to the FDA:
http://www.hsus.org/web-files/PDF/Durbin-Menu-Foods-letter-3-26-07.pdf
http://www.aspca.org/site/DocServer/Pet_Food_Letter_March_26_2007_Durbin.pdf?docID=10661

Rep. Dennis Kucinich
http://kucinich.house.gov/
2445 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
ph: 202-225-5871; fax: 202-225-5745
web email: http://kucinich.house.gov/Contact/

Link: http://kucinich.house.gov/News/DocumentSingle.aspx?DocumentID=62055

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7. Goodbye Sweet Sam
SOURCE: http://www.flickr.com/photos/lisacat/445640800/in/pool-petfoodrecall/

Sam April 1993 – March 27, 2007

Photo posted for Sam’s people by lisacat

This is Sam. Sam was born in Shanghai, China in mid-April, 1993. We met her, fell in love and adopted her in early May. Although we did not know it at the time, Sam was totally deaf which is common in pure-white cats and she had the loudest voice of any cat we’d ever known. Actually, because of her voice, we called her Sammy Jay after the squawky blue jay in the Burgess classical children’s story but somehow that got shortened to Sam…

Learning how to deal with a deaf cat was a whole new learning curve for us. It took a lot more patience and understanding. Unless she was looking directly at you, every movement startled Sam, as she had no advance warning by sound. When she was a kitten and happened to fall asleep when we were in the same room with her and we left while she was still sleeping, when she woke up, she would cry out in a very loud voice until we went to show her that we were still there. Being deaf made Sam seem more vulnerable and dependent on us and made us love her even more.

Sam was not a cuddly cat, but she was a good cat and gave us all the love she had inside of her. She was feisty and always let you know what she liked and wanted or didn’t like, in that very loud voice. All she ever asked of us was to be fed at regular times (she always let us know if we were off schedule) and to be there when she wanted us around. Sam loved to play and up until she got sick, she was very active.

Sam got sick in mid March. Our veterinarian ran blood tests which showed that her kidneys were failing and she was scheduled to start treatment the next day. That night, while watching the late news, we first saw the report on the tainted cat food recall. Because the food we were using was named, we immediately checked the internet and discovered Sam’s cat food contained the serial numbers of the tainted food. We were devastated. Needless to say, neither of us slept that night. The next morning, we took the food to our vet in the hope that knowing this might help in her treatment. For seven days, Sam went every day for treatment. Our vet was so good to her, he tried very aggressively to help her, even including surgery, but we were too late. Her kidneys had been too badly damaged. Sam died on March 27, 2007 a little after 6:00 p.m., in my husband’s arms.

Some of you may say – why get so upset, it was just a cat. But to us Sam was a member of our family, she depended on us to look after her and protect her. Like all the other cats and dogs affected, Sam was an innocent and did not deserve this fate. Because of her deafness, Sam was unable to even get comfort from the sound of our voices trying to sooth her. She will be remembered in our hearts.

PET FOOD RECALL PHOTO GALLERY
http://www.flickr.com/groups/petfoodrecall/

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