Archive for the ‘Pet Food Recalls & Safety’ Category

Premium Edge Cat Food Withdrawal/Possible Thiamine Deficient Premix

Friday, October 2nd, 2009

Rumors were swirling yesterday via Twitter regarding “possible” problems with a cat food called Premium Edge.  Those rumors reported that a Dr. Hubbard from Stone Ridge Veterinary Hospital in Rochester, NY, was looking for any other vets who might be treating cats with neurological symptoms who had eaten certain lots/dates of Premium Edge Finky Adult and Hairball products.  (585) 227-4990

Susan Thixton reports that she has contacted Diamond Pet Food (manufacturer of Premium Edge) and confirmed that certain lots are being withdrawn from retail outlets.

See Susan’s blog for further details, including affected date codes.

If you have been feeding your cats this product and particular lots/dates and your cats are exhibiting decreased appetite followed by neurological symptoms, please contact your vet, Dr. Hubbard, and Diamond Pet Food.

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Menu Foods Reaches Settlement Agreement

Tuesday, April 1st, 2008

Menu Foods

Here is a press release dated April 1 on Menu Foods website:

Menu Foods Income Fund (TSX: MEW.UN) announced that the parties to the Pet Food Multi-District Litigation (including Menu Foods) today advised the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey that their mediation has produced a comprehensive, cross-border agreement in principle between the parties, addressing all major terms of settlement.

The settlement in principle is subject to several conditions, including the approval of certain other parties, the execution of a definitive settlement agreement and review and approval of the U.S. District Court and the Canadian courts. The parties advised the court that they are confident that a definitive settlement agreement can be reached.

The definitive terms of settlement, together with a motion for preliminary approval thereof, are scheduled to be filed with the U.S. District Court on May 1, 2008, with the hearing scheduled to occur at 11:00 a.m. on May 14, 2008. The scheduling for Canadian court approval has not yet been determined, but is expected to occur in a similar time frame.


In Memory Of…

Sunday, March 16th, 2008

As today marks the one year anniversary of the pet food recalls, this is an open thread for anyone to speak their mind, share their thoughts, express their loss or simply encourage and support each other.

From the Itchmo Forums, JustMe made a memorial for the victims of the pet food recalls:

Member: 3Catkidneyfailure

Doozie: A 10-year-old Cat.
Suffered kidney failure from poisoned cat food.
Euthanized: February 10, 2007.

IQ: A 16-year-old Cat.
Suffered kidney failure from poisoned pet food,
January, 2007.
A survivor, under treatment.

SMORGI: A 15-year-old Cat.
Suffered kidney failure from poisoned pet food.
A survivor, under treatment.


Member: Arlo


BART: A 5-year-old Spaniel Dog.
Poisoned by pet food. Renal Failure.
Euthanized May, 2007.

ELLIE MAY: A black and white, Domestic Short Hair cat.
Poisoned by pet food. Acute Renal Failure.
A survivor who sustained chronic renal failure.

JETHRO BODINE: A black and white tuxedo, Domestic Short Hair Cat.
Poisoned by pet food. Acute Renal Failure.
Euthanized April, 2007.


Member: Carol

JESSICA: A 16-year-old Cat.
Diagnosed with Acute Renal Failure due to poisoned cat food,
February 17, 2007.
Euthanized December 26, 2007.

SMUDGE: A 14-year-old Cat.
Diagnosed with Acute Renal Failure due to poisoned cat food,
March 12, 2007.
A survivor, currently under treatment for Chronic Renal Failure.


Member: Catbird

PHANTOM: A 12-year-old Domestic Short Hair Cat.
Sickened by poisoned cat food.
A survivor.

ISIS: A 10-year-old, Burmese mix Cat.
Ate poisoned cat food, sustained heart disease.
A survior.


Member: SusanP/MrsP

LADYCAT: An approximately 13-year-old Cat.
Poisoned by pet food.
Euthanized July 10, 2007.

MUNCHKIN: An approximately 7-year-old Cat.
Poisoned by pet food.
A survivor.

TEENYCAT: A 4-year-old Cat.
Poisoned by pet food.
A survivor.


Member: Catmom5

CJ: A 12-year-old, Catgirl.
Suffered acute renal failure in November, 2006,
from posioned cat food.
A survivor with multiple serious health issues.


Member: Dyginge

DYLAN: An approximately 11-year-old Cat.
Acute renal failure from poisoned cat food.
Euthanized February 23, 2007.


Member: Kittylyda

PEANUT: Between 17-20 years old Cat.
Poisoned by cat food, diagnosed with renal insuffiency.
A Survivor, under treatment.

TIG: A 12-year-old Cat.
Poisoned by cat food.
A survivor, under treatment.


Member: Trudy

NUTMEG: Cinnamon Bengal Girl Cat.
Kidney Failure, 2006

BECAUSE: Tortoiseshell Manx Cat.
Oral cancer, 2007

SUNSHINE: Yellow Rescue Girl Cat
Cat food, 2007

BOB: Big Boy Rescue, Part Maine Coon Cat
Cancer, 2007

GREY THING: Little Grey Manx Rescue Cat
Cat food, 2007.

INKY: Black and White Manx Rescue Cat.
Pancreas, 2008


Canadian Food Inspection Agency: Salmonella Warning On Rollover Pork Tenders Dog Treat

Thursday, March 13th, 2008

Here is a release by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency in regards to Rollover Pork Tenders Premium Dog Treats:

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Rollover Premium Pet Food Ltd. are warning consumers not to purchase or use the Rollover Pork Tenders Premium Dog Treat described below. This product may be contaminated with the bacteria responsible for salmonellosis in humans.

The affected Rollover Pork Tenders Premium Dog Treat was sold in 50 g packages bearing

UPC 0 60766 88138 1. All lots up to and including 07 MAR 10 are affected by this alert.

Rollover Pork Tenders Premium Dog Treat was distributed nationally.

There has been one illness reported associated with this product.


Nature’s Variety Releases Statement About Instinct Chicken Meal Formula

Monday, March 10th, 2008

InstinctOn February 27, Nature’s Variety released this statement about their Instinct Chicken Meal Formula due to customer complaints about dogs having loose stools and occasional vomiting:

Recently, some of our customers who are feeding Instinct™ Chicken Meal Formula grain-free kibble for dogs have experienced loose stools and occasional vomiting. If your dog has experienced this and your bag of Instinct Chicken Meal Formula displays a “best if used by” date of 1/3/09 or 1/10/09, you may return it to your retail store for a replacement or refund. The “best if used by” dates are located on the back of the package.

Please be assured, Nature’s Variety has not changed the formulation of Instinct Chicken Meal Formula grain-free kibble for dogs. However, recent changes in production facilities caused these two code dates of product to differ enough from our previous product to cause some digestive upset in some dogs.


NEW RECALL: Hartz Recalls Vitamin Care For Cats Because Of Possible Health Risk

Monday, March 10th, 2008

Here is a recall involving Hartz Vitamin Care for Cats:

The Hartz Mountain Corporation is voluntarily recalling a second specific lot of Hartz Vitamin Care for Cats due to concerns that bottles within the lot may have been potentially contaminated with Salmonella. Hartz is fully cooperating with the US Food and Drug Administration in this voluntary recall. Hartz recalled a specific lot code of Hartz Vitamin Care for Cats last November due to similar concerns. Both lot codes were manufactured for Hartz by UFAC (USA) Inc. in 2007, and were removed from distribution last November. However, bottles from the second lot had been shipped to customers prior to their having been removed from distribution.

Salmonella is an organism which can cause serious infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems, all of whom are at particular risk from exposure and should avoid handling these products.

Salmonella symptoms may include fever, diarrhea, abdominal pain, and nausea in both cats and humans. Anyone experiencing the symptoms of Salmonella infection should seek immediate medical attention. Owners of cats exhibiting these symptoms should also seek veterinary assistance.


Update On Menu Foods Mediation

Saturday, March 1st, 2008

Menu foods

Menu Foods released this statement on their website on February 29, 2008:

Yesterday, the parties in the Multi-District Litigation informed the U.S. District Court as follows:

“The parties are pleased to report that since February 14, 2008, the date of the last status conference, they have made substantial progress in resolving the outstanding matters that existed as of that date. The parties are hopeful that a comprehensive, cross-border settlement can be achieved and, as a result, request an additional two week period in which to work toward such a resolution. The parties respectfully request leave to submit a further status report to the Court in two weeks.”

Source: Menu Foods

(Thanks menusux)

High Speed, High Impact

Sunday, January 20th, 2008

Haven at High Speed

Dogs are born to run. Fast. Much of their physiology is geared for speed due to their wolf ancestry, as wolves rely on the ability to pursue and take down prey on the run. Even though a dog’s running prowess is rooted in predatory needs, this very ability can also cause severe injury or even death for the dog.

Such was the case for Moon, a greyhound who died after colliding with a golden retriever at a dog park. Apparently the force of the collision hurtled Moon into the air and resulted in a fatal spinal injury — either from the collision itself or upon impact with the ground. While this may sound like a freak accident, the potential for speed-related injury is very real among dogs.

Speed can kill. It’s not the dog’s fault — it’s physics that deserves the blame.


Texas Dog Owner Finds Piece Of Plastic In Beef N’ More Dog Food

Friday, January 11th, 2008

Beef N MoreAn East Texas dog owner found a piece of plastic in a can of Beef N’ More dog food. And he wants to warn other pet owners to be cautious of what is in your pet’s food.

Last month, William Sikorski opened up a can of Beef N’ More dog food and found the foreign object. He said he normally mixes canned dog food with dry dog food and found it by accident.

Sikorski contacted Beef N’ More, which is based in Texas, and they sent him a refund check in the mail. But Sikorski said that a check is simply not enough.

He stated, “It’s more than a check, it’s the point that something that was foreign was found in the dog food which, doesn’t need to be there. I want to be sure that the company is doing their part so it won’t happen again.”


FDA Announces Intention To Hold Public Meeting On Safety Of Pet Food

Wednesday, January 9th, 2008

FDA is announcing its intention to schedule and hold a public meeting to obtain input from stakeholder groups, including, but not limited to, the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO), veterinary medical associations, animal health organizations, and pet food manufacturers for the development of ingredient, processing, and labeling standards to ensure the safety of pet food. These standards were mandated by the FDA Amendments Act of 2007 (FDAAA). The date, time, and location for the public meeting will be announced in a subsequent notice that will be published in the Federal Register at a later date.

A docket has been opened at FDA to receive any comments in advance of the public meeting. Submit written comments to the Division of Dockets Management (HFA-3051, Food and Drug Administration, 5630 Fishers Lane, rm. 1061, Rockville, MD 20852.


Stealth Recall: United Pet Group Pet Treats

Friday, January 4th, 2008

On the FDA’s Enforcement Report, dated December 26, 2007, there was a recall involving various United Pet Group products. United Pet Group owns various brands including 8 in 1, Dingo, Tetra, Nature’s Miracle, and Marineland.

Here are the details from the report:

FDA Enforcement Report December 26, 2007

a) Wild Harvest Fruit and Honey Cockatiel, Recall # V-021-2008;
b) Ecotrition Tropical Fruit and Honey Bars, Recall # V-022-2008;
c) Wild Harvest Hamster, Gerbil, Mouse & Rat Honey Cakes, Recall # V-023-2008
a) Lot: 07096 and Lot: 07108;
b) and c) Lot: 07096
United Pet Group Inc., Cincinnati, OH, by telephone and letter. Firm initiated recall is ongoing.
Pet treats were imported from China. LOS-DO sampled the treats and they were positive for melamine. The shipments were placed on hold for redelivery and was erroneously shipped into commerce.
54,178 units
AZ, CA, FL, MI, NJ, NY, TX, and WA


Birds At Georgia PetSmart Stores Face Quarantine

Monday, December 31st, 2007

The Georgia Department of Agriculture has quarantined PetSmart stores in the state and a Superpetz store in Martinez after an outbreak of psittacosis, a bird disease that can be transferred to humans. The bacterial disease mainly affects parrots, parakeets and similar birds.

The quarantine is stopping sales of birds and will last up to 45 days.

“We have had two confirmed cases of psittacosis at PetSmart stores in Hiram and Woodstock,” said Tommy Irvin, the state’s commissioner of agriculture. “There have also been confirmed cases at the dealer, Preferred Birds of Milton, Fla., that supplies birds to all the stores we are quarantining.”

PetSmart thinks the birds were exposed to the bacteria before arriving in stores.


FDA, AAFCO Sign Agreement On Feed Ingredient Listing

Wednesday, December 26th, 2007

The Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) that allows FDA to formally recognize the Association’s list of feed ingredients and defines the role FDA can play in deciding on the suitability of feed ingredients offered for addition to the list.

“This is a significant step forward in FDA’s effort to enhance the safety of feed. And it allows FDA to formally recognize the valuable contribution AAFCO makes in determining suitability of feed ingredients,” said Dr. Dan McChesney, Director of CVM’s Office of Surveillance and Compliance.

AAFCO is a voluntary organization comprised largely of regulatory officials who have responsibility for enforcing their state’s laws and regulations concerning the safety of animal feeds. Its membership is comprised of representatives from each state in the United States, as well as representatives from Puerto Rico, Costa Rica, Canada, the FDA and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

“FDA and AAFCO have had a long and successful working relationship,” said Dr. Sharon Benz, Director of CVM’s Division of Animal Feeds. “This agreement allows AAFCO and FDA to leverage that relationship in a way that will improve feed safety.”


Australian Vets Warn Pet Owners Of Preservatives In Fresh Pet Meat

Thursday, December 13th, 2007

The Australian Small Animal Veterinary Association is warning pet owners to only buy meat for pets that is human grade.

The association said sulphur dioxide is used in fresh pet meats sold in supermarkets and pet stores. The preservative keeps meat fresh but if consumed in large amounts, it can cause vitamin B1 depletion, lethargy, rashes, weight loss, seizures, and can even lead to death.

ASAVA president Dr. Matthew Retchford, said, “Buy meat you would eat yourself or bring in a sample of the food you are buying and (vets) can test for sulphur dioxide. A lot of pet owners need to be educated. Don’t buy fresh meat unless it is part of a well structured diet.”


AVMA Releases Statement In Regards To Lead In Pet Toys

Wednesday, December 12th, 2007

Cat NipThe American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) recently released a statement about labs finding lead in pet toys.

Here is the press release:

The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) is concerned about recent reports of lead contamination in toys.

Independent tests by Trace Laboratories, Inc. in Illinois and ExperTox Analytical Laboratories in Texas have both found the presence of lead and other toxic chemicals on randomly selected toys purchased in American stores. The highest level of lead found was 30,000 parts per million (ppm) in the paint on a pet toy. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) enforces a federal standard for lead in paint intended for children’s products, which is 600 ppm, according to CPSC spokesperson Ed Kang, but there is no federal standard for lead in pet toys.

Dr. Mike Murphy, a veterinary toxicologist at the University of Minnesota, said that owners should be careful about lead exposure in pets, but warns that there are far more toxic sources of lead in many households. Old, lead paint is roughly 30 to 40 percent lead and can still be found in some older homes. Solder, fishing weights, curtain weights, and some older molded-metal toys may be made entirely of lead and should be kept out of reach from pets and children.

“If your pet is chewing and swallowing a toy then maybe that’s not something you should allow the animal to play with,” Dr. Murphy said.


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