Number Of Pet Food Recall Related Deaths May Never Be Known

16 dead pets. Or thousands of dead pets. How many total pet deaths were caused by the massive pet food recalls?

Some news sources still quote that only 16 pets died from the pet food recalls. Other news sources and especially online pet news sites state that there were thousands of pet deaths from the recalls according to reports from pet owners.

The FDA says that there may never be an actual total to the death toll from the pet food recalls. The agency received 18,000 calls after the pet food recalls started in March. Half of these 18,000 calls claimed that their pets died from tainted food.

For the FDA to confirm the pet deaths, they need to have test results from pets’ tissue and blood samples. Unfortunately, they don’t have this information in most cases and are not able to determine numbers. Since there is no CDC for animals, investigations are not done to link illnesses to pet food products.

“The sad truth is that we will probably never know with any confidence the number of animals that fell victim to the pet-food poisoning,” says FDA spokeswoman Julie Zawisza.

From USA Today:

Other groups have provided insight into the numbers of deaths related to the pet food recalls:

The American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians, which includes 1,300 medical professionals, is analyzing about 400 cases, mostly of dead pets. The cases include lab results. About two-thirds involve cats. There’s no way to know how many cases went unreported, says Barbara Powers, AAVLD president.

The Veterinary Information Network, which includes 20,000 veterinarians, received almost 1,500 death or illness reports from veterinarians, says Paul Pion, VIN president. VIN plans to follow 700 to 1,000 of those to see if medical data point to food. Pion says many cases probably went unreported. He and Powers estimate a death toll of at least 1,000.

Banfield, The Pet Hospital, a network of 620 hospitals, confirmed recall-related deaths of nine cats and two dogs out of 26 pets autopsied, says Nancy Zimmerman, senior medical adviser.

(Thanks Mike)

21 Responses to “Number Of Pet Food Recall Related Deaths May Never Be Known”

  1. Elaine Vigneualt says:

    Well, if 31% of Menu Foods feeding trials resulted in animal deaths and since they waited a week to recall the poisoned food and other companies waited longer, it’s likely a similar percentage of household pets died as a result.

  2. Pukanuba says:

    “The sad truth is that we will probably never know with any confidence the number of animals that fell victim to the pet-food poisoning,” says FDA spokeswoman Julie Zawisza.

    And for that they are very grateful……..

    What the public doesn’t know won’t hurt them…….

  3. pat says:

    i agree that from fda’s perspective, better not to know, so they don’t have to tell. realistcally, they don’t have the resources to confirm all those reports, but for them to sit back and let the media report the 16 pet deaths figure as gospel is totally irresponsible.

    i had dinner with a friend the other night. i hadn’t seen him since the mass poisoning incident in march. this is a person who considers himself politically aware, and a responsible pet owner. when i asked what he was feeding his dog in the wake of the pet food poisoning, he told me that his vet had told him that only 4 dogs had died *nationwide* and that any concern about the quality of pet food was totally blown out of proportion. i told him that fda had logged 18,000 calls from people whose pets were either sick or dead from the poisoned food, and about Banfield estimating that 39,000 animals had either died or been stricken ill. i’m not sure he believed me, but this gives you an idea of the complacency and misinformation associated with this problem.

    the same is true of human food safety. i’ve spoken to several people over the last few months who are blissfully unaware of the scope of this problem. they seem to think that if they shop at whole foods, everything they buy is just as pure as the driven snow. it’s like these people have blinders on! i realize that the media could do a much better job of covering this story, but even with the spotty coverage it receives, one would think that reasonably intelligent people… people who pride themselves on being alert and savvy consumers… would be more cognizant of the problems with our food supply than they are.

    it’s really depressing. and when i get depressed i get angry, so i think i’ll use that negative enrgy to holler at fda today.

  4. Leslie k says:

    Pat- I know what you mean !Everyone in my family thinks I’m nuts. If I can I warn people but most don’t care. About their pets food or their own. It really upsets me ,but they think if its not on tv & in the paper its not a problem where they live.

  5. purringfur says:

    Don’t forget all of the animals that died or became sick IN THE MONTHS BEFORE THE RECALLS STARTED! Count my TWO - dead dog & sick cat with kidney disease! And it WASN’T MELAMINE THAT KILLED and SICKENED THEM! Go to Don Earl’s site for verification: www dot petfoodrecallfacts dot com

    Remember the Chronicleherald dot ca article that said reports were going back to Menu Foods as early as December 2006 that pets were getting ill or dying, which Menu is disputing?

    So many more lives, my dog’s included, could have been spared if only the companies would have come forward sooner, but no. They wanted to keep their poison on the store shelves as long as possible before being called out.

    GREED, with NO CONCERN FOR PETS. I will never help fill the pockets of any large pet food company again, especially one that is a member of the Pet Food Institute (PFI). Nor, will I support the parent companies and related human food companies.

    You trusted these companies to feed your family pets. How many companies acted honorably or tried to prevent deaths? Remember how the recalls trickled out week after week after week for months when the entire industry knew that they went in on bulk buys from the same suppliers and used the same manufacturing plants that shared ingredients across brands. Don’t you think these companies and manufacturers could have pulled their food earlier to save lives? They KNEW they were selling poisoned food and wanted to squeeze every last cent out of you before they announced their “voluntary” recall. Do you think they CARE about pets or are scrambling to find a way to convince you to buy their “new and improved” products so they can pay larger quarterly dividends to their shareholders?

    Don’t believe the new ads, redesigned packaging, and new lines of food the large pet food companies are coming out with — no matter how many times the word “natural,” “nutritious,” or “wholesome” is uttered in the voice-over or is printed on the package, no matter how many pictures of lively, bouncing healthy dogs you see pictured, no matter how many silky-furred, fluffy, purring cats you see posing in the ads. Do you believe there are juicy slabs of beef, whole fresh carrots and apples, plump green peas, crisp green beans, and beautiful grains of brown rice in the pet food? Their money is channeled to revamping their images and removing themselves as quickly as possible away from the poisonings by paying for new ad campaigns, packaging, and spin doctors — not whole nutritious food ingredients, testing of all ingredients, and strict outside regulation (not a commission created and appointed by the PFI) that the pet food industry needs.

    Because my dog died and my cat was poisoned because of greed on the part of this unregulated industry, my ANGER AT nearly the entire PET FOOD INDUSTRY WILL CARRY ME THROUGH A LIFE TIME of keeping my wallet mostly closed and keeping the pots of HOMEMADE PET FOOD made with REAL INGREDIENTS SIMMERING ON MY KITCHEN STOVE.

    I will always be a multiple pet owner, and just losing the money I would have spent year after year and decade after decade on wet food, dry food, and numerous treats for dogs and cats will at least make a small dent in large companies’ profits, not to mention the loss of sales from all of the people I encounter who hear my accounts of my pets. And, I’m just one owner. I know there are several thousand out there just like me, and WE *** HAVE *** HURT THEIR PROFITS!

    I believe the long-practicing vets with careers of 25-30+ years who say there has been an explosion of cancers, kidney, and liver ailments in pets in the last 10-15 years. I’m sure its the foods that are filled with industrial and commercial food wastes. The pet food and pharmaceutical industries have a symbiotic relationship going, with our pets on the losing end. After the pets eat the toxic food, we can pay for expensive vet medicines to treat them and support big pharma. The more commercial food from these large “profit-first, nutrition-never” companies we feed them, the more medicines and treatments they’ll need.

    Thank goodness, there are a few small good pet food companies out there — ones that truly care about their ingredients and the well-being of pets. I hope their profits continue to grow so the owners can retire very comfortably, but I hope they never become so big that they lose sight of their founding mission and source cheap, unknown ingredients to churn a higher profit at the expense of the animals.

    Excuse me while I thaw a couple of portions of homemade dog food for tonight and bake a one month supply of dog biscuits, made with real ingredients, no additives, no preservatives, and more importantly, NO POISON!
    ……….

    FROM MSNBC . COM - Banfield estimated 39,000 deaths & illnesses

    MSNBC Headline:

    Thousands of pets probably sickened by food
    Veterinary chain’s data estimates 39,000 animals were affected

    Updated: 8:53 p.m. ET April 9, 2007
    WASHINGTON - “Pet food contaminated with an industrial chemical may have sickened or killed 39,000 cats and dogs nationwide, based on an extrapolation from data released Monday by one of the nation’s largest chains of veterinary hospitals.

    Banfield, The Pet Hospital, said an analysis of its database, compiled from records collected by its more than 615 veterinary hospitals,…”

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/18029173/

  6. JJ in IL says:

    purringfur you have written what I have mentioned to people about the pet food mfrs. being in the same boat with the pharma’s and the vets as far as producing toxic food, pet becomes ill, take pet to vet, vet suggests a whole litany of drugs to supposedly ‘cure’ your pet, pet continues to maybe slightly improve but never fully 100%. You voice concern and result is ‘lets feed them this prescription food’ knowing that it is also toxic filled and so pet continues to be ill, then more drugs are suggested and the whole thing just goes on and on with our pets paying the ultimate price - their health and in some cases their death. All the while the pet food mfrs., pharma co’s and the vets are laughing at us all the way to the bank thinking “wow, what a bunch of stupid people. They believe us and will continue to do so and so we will continue to sicken and in some cases kill these beloved animals all in the name of the huge amount of money we will suck out of them. Now I’m not saying all are like that but from what we’ve seen happen I believe the majority are, dont’ you?

    purringfur home cooks and a lot more people who have a problem with any pet food should immediately stop and do the same to save yourself big bills and have a healthy child at the same time.

    The tiny amount of reputable pet food people I applaud you in your efforts to think of the whole health of the animal and want to produce a food free of preservatives and toxins. These are the people who will deserve the benefit of our purchases.

  7. Carol says:

    purringfur says:
    July 23rd, 2007 at 11:15 am

    Remember the Chronicleherald dot ca article that said reports were going back to Menu Foods as early as December 2006 that pets were getting ill or dying, which Menu is disputing?

    This also was on the web as early as March 16 around 4pm on CBC News—I printed it out as soon as I read it. It would be great if that reporter came forward with his or her source!! They had said that there was an increase on complaint phone lines from pet parents in the US—if this wasn’t true, I wonder how they got so many details??

    Off topic–if Lorie (Va) is reading this you should go to forums and look under Cat Food Experience by Vrand and go to Fancy Feast as there is another person with complaints similar to yours with Topaz and Geisha with the Elegant Medleys (they refer to the blue/green can)–

  8. Nora Marasco says:

    My previous vet here in Des Moines IA said he saw dogs and cats with the kidney failure and various other poisoning symptoms as early as Nov 2006. purringfur you are so right on! And yes to previous comments re: people who I would think educated and informed are oblivious to the facts and dangers of the commercial pet foods and the companies lies. I also homecook and refuse to buy ANY pet food from Petco and Petsmart (where my dog and I used to have a Friday night out every week for shopping)! I have homecooked since April 2007 and my 4 dogs and two cats are brimming with health. Had two close brushes with the tainted dog food per Natural Balance Venison and Rice and Nutro Natural Choice Chicken Chunks and Rice. I now also have a lifelong distrust and HATE of the Commercial Giants that did this to our beloved and innocent pets. Hopefully Karma will take care of ALL OF THEM. They will never get any of my hardearned money again that I used to spend so freely for their benefit! I also closely examine every piece of food (mine and our pets)that I buy to make sure no PRODUCT OF CHINA wording exists ANYWHERE. I have even seen it in tiny letters under MADE IN USA on the cans of dog food that FROMM’s make!!!!!! NO MORE COMMERCIAL DOG FOOD. LIES AND DECEPTION FOR YEARS AND YEARS.

  9. PMM says:

    Thanks to a very good interviewer on Fox News, an actual number has been released. If you want to watch the video, open up the link and look for a box to the right of the page. The heading HEALTH will be the second catagory. Click on the first video, about toxic human food supply. Watch and wait. The interviewer is very pro pet. About half way through he gets the person who is being interviewed to confirm that there are now 28,000 confirmed pet deaths, due to the non-action of the FDA. They lady is very forward in stating the issues are all due to non action. Nothing is checked, so this is the result. She even explained that the tooth paste made for children, that was lethal to them, was not the name brand, but a conterfit. So, just because it says it is, evidentally that is a lie to.
    http://www.foxnews.com/health/index.html
    Two dead, now loosing another one, and trying to save the last two.
    Let me know if you have trouble opening it up. I will try and help you. It was aired on Saturday morning, I believe.

  10. Eve Prussner says:

    Thanks to a very good interviewer on Fox News, an actual number has been released. If you want to watch the video, open up the link and look for a box to the right of the page. The heading HEALTH will be the second catagory. Click on the first video, about toxic human food supply. Watch and wait. The interviewer is very pro pet. About half way through he gets the person who is being interviewed to confirm that there are now 28,000 confirmed pet deaths, due to the non-action of the FDA. We here all know that the numbers are probably tripple that, but at least they are finally admitting to a number over 16. They lady is very forward in stating the issues are all due to non action. Nothing is checked, so this is the result. She even explained that the tooth paste made for children, that was lethal to them, was not the name brand, but a conterfit. So, just because it says it is, evidentally that is a lie to.
    http://www.foxnews.com/health/index.html
    Two dead, now loosing another one, and trying to save the last two.
    Let me know if you have trouble opening it up. I will try and help you. It was aired on Saturday morning, I believe.

  11. Carol says:

    I just watched the video –it is great to see this on the news as we have been screaming here at Itchmo for months to get the news out to all people as this isn’t just about pet food and everyone needs to know how little is inspected from abroad. Reading lables won’t help until we get COOL> I was in my local store buying small foam paint brushes and when I got home I noticed a huge lable on them that had the country of origin –China of course–but I want this lable on my food not my paintbrushes!!!

  12. Carol says:

    I forgot to thank the poster for the link!!!

  13. Katie says:

    “Related deaths will never be known”;

    of course not! when the PFI and FDA waited for months to “address the problem”, by then food was thrown out and pets no longer around to be tested. Those pets who survived, the PFI and FDA decided could have had any number of ailments that led to kidney problems. They didn’t want the public to know the truth than - and they don’t want us to know the truth now. I’m glad at least one interviewer was peeved enough to get real numbers heard.

    I too, have a survivor on home cooked. No more commercial food here. I’m still hearing of pets put back on commercial who now have hot spots, itchy skin, stomach cramps… PFI will never clean up it’s act.

    Katie

  14. HighNote says:

    The FDA is still not doing very well on their recalls. Just like what they did with our pets, they are slowly adding to their latest recall of products. My dad bought some Kroger Chili and beans in the 24 oz. can but it had the same recall number as all the recall items listed at the FDA. so.. I said I bet they will recall this soon. WEll sure enough today they recalled the 15 oz. But not the 24 oz. Maybe tomorrow the 24 oz. will be on the list. They will just say they have extended the list again.
    They know this company makes all of these products for other companies under different names, like hash, canned meat, pet food, chili, etc. and I guess they have to check each and every type of item before they will put it on their recall list, while in the mean time some one can get very sick! Just like our pets did.
    When will they learn that this just does not work quickly enough to save people and pets!
    There has to be a way to change this way of doing things. It is not working. People cannot wait days to find out if an item is tainted or not. I noticed on the News in Washington that they went to a store and they still had recalled items on the shelf in the store. How many more stores have it on their shelve?

  15. HighNote says:

    The FDA’s Extended list of new recalls.. and I am sure there will be more of them as soon as they test each and every can. Like testing 15 oz. can of Kroger Chili and putting it on the list but not putting the 24 oz. on the list yet because they haven’t tested that size yet so in the mean time someone can get botulism! Here is the new list:
    Botulism can cause the following symptoms: general weakness, dizziness, double-vision and trouble with speaking or swallowing. Difficulty in breathing, weakness of other muscles, abdominal distension and constipation may also be common symptoms. People experiencing these problems should seek immediate medical attention.

    The recall originally announced on July 18 affected only 10 products with ‘best by’ dates from APR30 2009 through MAY22 2009. The extended recall now includes the following canned products in the following sizes with all ‘best by’ and code dates:

    Austex Onion Hot Dog Chili Sauce, 10 oz can (UPC 3030097101)
    Austex Hot Dog Chili Sauce, 10 oz can (UPC 3030099533)
    Austex Beef Stew, 15 oz can (UPC 3030090815)
    Austex Chili With Beans, 15 oz can (UPC 3030091015)
    Austex Chili With Beans, 19 oz can (UPC 3030092519)
    Austex Chili No Beans, 15 oz can (UPC 3030097715)
    Austex Chili No Beans, 19 oz can (UPC 3030097719)
    Best Yet Corned Beef Hash, 15 oz can (UPC 4217841082)
    Best Yet Chili With Beans, 15 oz can (UPC 4218740842)
    Big Y Chili No Beans, 15 oz can (UPC 1889480424)
    Big Y Corned Beef Hash, 15 oz can (UPC 1889480225)
    Big Y Chili With Beans, 15 oz can (UPC 1889480425)
    Black Rock Chili With Beans, 15 oz can (UPC 3030001715)
    Bloom Hot Dog Chili Sauce, 10 oz can (UPC 2543992448)
    Bryan Hot Dog Chili Sauce With Beef, 10 oz can (UPC 5340030010)
    Bryan Corned Beef Hash, 15 oz can (UPC 5340030110)
    Bryan Chili No Beans, 15 oz can (UPC 5340030200)
    Bryan Chili With Beans, 15 oz can (UPC 5340030205)
    Bryan Chili No Beans, 10 oz can (UPC 5340035264)
    Bunker Hill Hot Dog Chili Sauce, 10 oz can (UPC 7526604152)
    Bunker Hill Chili No Beans, 10 oz can (UPC 7526604112)
    Bunker Hill Spicier Chili No Beans, 10 oz can (UPC 7526604224)
    Castleberry’s Hot Dog Chili Sauce, 10 oz can (UPC 3030000101)
    Castleberry’s Onion Hot Dog Chili Sauce, 10 oz can (UPC 3030007101)
    Castleberry’s Brunswick Stew Chicken & Beef, 15 oz can (UPC 3030000315)
    Castleberry’s Barbecue Pork, 10 oz can (UPC 3030000402)
    Castleberry’s Barbecue Pork, 14.5 oz can (UPC 3030000415)
    Castleberry’s Barbecue Beef, 10 oz can (UPC 3030000602)
    Castleberry’s Beef Stew, 15 oz can (UPC 3030000815)
    Castleberry’s Corned Beef Hash, 15 oz can (UPC 3030000915)
    Castleberry’s Chili With Beans, 15 oz can (UPC 3030001015)
    Castleberry’s Sausage Gravy, 10 oz can (UPC 3030005130)
    Castleberry’s Creamed Chip Beef Gravy, 10 oz can (UPC 3030005150)
    Castleberry’s Hot Chili With Beans, 15 oz can (UPC 3030007217)
    Castleberry’s Chili No Beans, 10 oz can (UPC 3030007701)
    Castleberry’s Chili No Beans, 15 oz can (UPC 3030007715)
    Castleberry’s Georgia Hash, 15 oz can (UPC 3030000215)
    Cattle Drive Beef Stew, 15 oz can (UPC 3030001530)
    Cattle Drive Chili No Beans, 15 oz can (UPC 3030001520)
    Cattle Drive Chicken Chili With Beans, 15 oz can (UPC 3030001525)
    Cattle Drive Chili With Beans, 15 oz can (UPC 3030001515)
    Firefighters Chicken Chili With Beans, 15 oz can (UPC 7372500413)
    Firefighters Chili With Beans, 15 oz can (UPC 737250041)
    Firefighters Chili No Beans, 15 oz can (UPC 7372500412)
    Food Club Corned Beef Hash, 15 oz can (UPC 3680080204)
    Food Club Chili No Beans, 15 oz can (UPC 3680080404)
    Food Club Chili With Beans, 15 oz can (UPC 3680080504)
    Food Lion Hot Dog Chili Sauce, 10 oz can (UPC 3582606911)
    Goldstar Original Chili, 10oz can (UPC 2457500001)
    Goldstar Chili, 15oz can (UPC 2457500005)
    Goldstar Tex-Mex Chili With Beans, 15 oz can (UPC 2457500008)
    Great Value Chili With Beans, 15 oz can (UPC 8113179994)
    Great Value Hot Chili With Beans, 15 oz can (UPC 8113179995)
    Kroger Hot Dog Chili Sauce, 10 oz can (UPC 1111083942)
    Kroger Beef Stew, 15oz can (UPC 1111083928)
    Kroger Chili With Beans, 15 oz can (UPC 1111083930)
    Kroger Chili No Beans, 15 oz can (UPC 1111083908)
    Lowes Foods Chili No Beans, 15 oz can (UPC 4164301092)
    Lowes Foods Corned Beef Hash, 15 oz can (UPC 4164301094)
    Lowes Foods Chili With Beans, 15 oz can (UPC 4164301097)
    Meijer Hot Dog Chili Sauce, 10 oz can (UPC 4125085862)
    Meijer Chili No Beans, 15 oz can (UPC 4125095220)
    Meijer Chili With Beans, 15 oz can (UPC 4125095221)
    Meijer Corned Beef Hash, 15 oz can (UPC 4125095229)
    Morton House Chili With Beans, 15 oz can (UPC 7526665829)
    Morton House Corned Beef Hash, 15 oz can (UPC 7526665830)
    Morton House Chili With Beans, 15 oz can (UPC 7526665993)
    Paramount Hot Dog Chili Sauce, 10 oz can (UPC 7526600510)
    Paramount Chili for Hot Dogs, 15 oz can (UPC 7526600526)
    Paramount Chili No Beans, 15 oz can (UPC 7526600731)
    Paramount Chili With Beans, 15 oz can (UPC 7526600732)
    Piggly Wiggly Chili With Beans, 15 oz can (UPC 4129037252)
    Piggly Wiggly Chili No Beans, 15 oz can (UPC 4129037354)
    Piggly Wiggly Chili No Beans, 10 oz can (UPC 4129037355)
    Piggly Wiggly Corned Beef Hash, 15 oz can (UPC 4129037357)
    Prudence Corned Beef Hash, 15 oz can (UPC 4114100015)
    Southern Home Chili No Beans, 10 oz can (UPC 3825948713)
    Southern Home Chili No Beans, 15 oz can (UPC 0788015340)
    Southern Home Chili With Beans, 15 oz can (UPC 0788015341)
    Southern Home Corned Beef Hash, 15 oz can (UPC 0788015359)
    Steak n Shake Chili With Beans, 10 oz can (UPC 5184400120)
    Thrifty Maid Hot Dog Chili Sauce, 10 oz can (UPC 2114021367)
    Thrifty Maid Chili With Beans, 15 oz can (2114021370)
    Thrifty Maid Corned Beef Hash, 15 oz can (2114021375)
    Triple Bar Ranch Chili With Beans, 15 oz can (UPC 3030005801)
    Triple Bar Ranch Chili With Beans, 15 oz can (UPC 3030005804)
    Triple Bar Ranch Chili No Beans, 15 oz can (UPC 3030005805)
    Value Time Beef and Chicken Chili With Beans, 15 oz can (UPC 1122542159)
    In addition, the following canned Natural Balance brand pet food products, which Castleberry’s co-packs for Natural Balance, are being recalled. These include:

    Natural Balance Eatables for Dogs Irish Stew With Beef, Potatoes & Carrots, 15 oz can (UPC 2363359860)
    Natural Balance Eatables for Dogs Chinese Take Out With Sauce With Vegetables and Chicken, 15 oz can (UPC 2363359861)
    Natural Balance Eatables for Dogs HOBO Chili With Chicken & Pasta, 15 oz can (UPC 2363359863)
    Natural Balance Eatables for Dogs Southern Style Dumplings With Chicken & Vegetables, 15 oz can (UPC 2363359862)

  16. Carol says:

    There has to be a better way to communicate to the stores to get these products off the shelves ASAP as not everyone who shops reads Itchmo!! or watches the news. I had called my local WalMart on the morning after the recall (March 17) and talked to the manager on duty that Saturday to tell him I had bought the Special Kitty at his store for years and now my 2 cats had acute renal failure—I never thought to check back at the store but a fellow at the post office overheard me telling my deliverer about the cats and he said he was just at that WalMart and they were just starting to take cat and dog food off the shelves and this was the following Tuesday!!! 4 more days for people to buy the posion!!! I guess he thought I was a nutcase—I wasn’t then, but thanks to this madness for 5 months I am now!!

  17. Pukanuba says:

    I’d like to take back what I said earlier…..”What the public doesn’t know won’t hurt them…….”

    Even though we all know this is the attitude of all big business plus the FDA. sadly that quote is no longer true. Not only will it hurt the general public (or kill them), it has also done the same for our furry kids & I have little doubt that it will continue to do so.

    I eat a lot of the same foods as I feed my dog so at least we’ll go together. I don’t like chili nor would I ever feed it to my dog but my fear is that this is only going to get worse & more people & more pets will die. They have to either check ALL food imports/ingredients from other countries or stop them……PERIOD. Otherwise, there will be nobody left to eat any of this food.

    I feel like our food & that of our pets is no longer safe……when the hell did we become a third world country……thank W & his wealthy group of thieves. You can bet your bippy that THEY know how to avoid the poison from other countries.

  18. JJ in IL says:

    Pukanuba what the public doesn’t know (until we’re sure that the death count is getting out of hand) will kill them. Now more should home cook their food since your doing it for your beloved furry children anyway, why not do it for yourselves too? I know its a big pain in the butt sometimes (sacrifice convenience) you can make enough on the weekend and freeze it for use during the week to save time and add a fresh veggie or piece of fruit to the meal. There are always crock pots that can be put to use that way your not tied to the stove or oven cooking. Let’s stop this madness from getting any worse.

  19. HighNote says:

    It is sad to think that so many people do not know what is going on with all the food. The people food as well as the pet food. People that do not have a computer really do not know anything. The FDA has things on their sight but how many people check into this sight all the time? If people don’t have a computer to do this then they may eat tainted products or feed them to their pets. They really don’t say anything on TV about it and my newspaper did not print anything about it. This last recall I found on my computer and have heard nothing else about it. People like my father that are elderly and buy canned food and do not have computers may fall ill. There just has to be more public awareness about this! The FDA new where all that melamine went and which companies were using it. They should have called them all right away and told them to recall their products. They should not wait to test each and every company product.. This takes way too long and people and pets die in the process.
    With this last recall of chili, etc. They did not have kroger stew on the list, just the kroger chili.
    They did give the store number which was in the us inspection circle-195.
    Since all this pet food problems I checked my dads stew and it was from the 195. I told him to throw it away and not to eat it because I knew they would recall it next. And…. it took them a little while but now it is on the list, but only the 15 oz. My dad bought the 24 oz. Now tell me why would they just have the 15 oz. recalled? Do they also have to check three or four 24 oz cans before they can put it on the list?
    It should be recalled now! The stew should have been on the first recall! Not later on!
    This is botulism! It kills people and pets can get it too. Very dangerous stuff. We have not had a case of it in canned food since the 70’s.
    These companies are thinking so much of profit that they are not taking the time to make sure the food is of good quality.
    The way the FDA checks things takes too long!
    Another thing I was angry about is the FDA said to throw it out. Well why not get our money back? They sold a tainted product! They said to put it in a double sack and to get on their sight to see how to dispose of it. WEll that is the companies responsiblity! Everyone that bought the tainted products should get their money back and not have to throw it away! Why should this business get by with it!!!!!!!

  20. 5CatMom says:

    The FDA is a complete joke.

    They know nothing. They do nothing.

    Why must we pay the salaries of such incompetants? Fire them all!

  21. pam says:

    i’m beginning to think the fda knows quite a bit. they just keep it to themselves because the american public couldn’t take the truth…


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