Pet Food Recall Panel Discussion At American Veterinary Medical Association Convention

AVMAThe American Veterinary Medical Association Convention (AVMA) was held in July in Washington D.C. and one of the main topics of discussion at the convention was the pet food recall.

Dr. Julie Gerberding, director of the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention in Atlanta, GA was the keynote speaker. In regards to the pet food recall, she said: “People expect flawless performance and complete transparency, and the CDC must deliver information at the speed of the Internet rather than the speed of government.”

She added that the CDC must work with the AVMA to improve the health of both humans and animals.

Each veterinary professional on the panel discussion for the pet food recall had his/her own comments in regards to the recalls and how they were handled.

The new incoming president of the AVMA, Dr. Gregory Hammer, said, “I’m pleased with how efficiently the AVMA dealt with the pet food recall. We were a player for the public and the professionals seeking the latest factual information.”

Dr. Kimberly May, assistant director of professional and public affairs at the AVMA, said, “I’m sure we made mistakes, we all did. The intent of this panel is to determine how we can handle a crisis better.”

Dr. Stephen Sundlof, director of the Center for Veterinary Medicine at the FDA said, “We tried to be as forthcoming as we could. But at times, the public and the press didn’t realize we also could only offer so much information while we were in the midst of investigations.”

Duane Ekedahl, executive director of the Pet Food Institute, said most consumers still trust their pet foods and haven’t lost faith in them. When Ekedahl was asked if manufacturers should be more detailed on their labels of where their ingredients are from and if US pet companies should stop importing products from China, he responded: “I don’t believe that those ideas (are) practical, not in our world economy.”

Barbara Powers, president of the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians said that more lab work could have been completed and it also could have been done at a faster rate. But the problem is that there isn’t a way to fund that. She suggested that there be financial resources created to get lab results quickly in emergencies.

Also, some pet owner questions were answered at a behavior program at the convention.

One of the reader questions was about a 10-year-old poodle that incessantly walks around in circles when she is walked. She also walks in circles around the room numerous times before jumping on the sofa.

Dr. Sophia Yin, who is the on the AVSAB Board of directors and an applied behaviorist, said to teach the dog how to walk with a Gentle Leader head halter collar. This physically stops your dog from circling.

Yin also stated to teach the dog an alternative behavior instead. Teach the dog to sit when you put on the halter, and use treats to get her to walk by your side.

While indoors, Yin said you can also put the gentle leader on inside the house. Have the dog sit as the gentle leader is put on. Then, allow her to get on the sofa, so she doesn’t spend time circling by giving her a command or offering a treat.

Source: Steve Dale’s Pet World

24 Responses to “Pet Food Recall Panel Discussion At American Veterinary Medical Association Convention”

  1. E. Hamilton says:

    All the lying, and there was PLENTY of THAT, did not help.
    And then there is ONE point that you bet your butt I want addressed!!
    Where the fark was the concern for the pet owners?
    Forget the dying and suffering pets because the vets and the FDA and the PFI sure FORGOT them, where was the concern for the folks who PAY THE BILLS!!!??
    Not a freaking one of the a$$holes at this love in had a word to say about THAT, did they?

    ANY vet in this country can stroll over to ANY TV station and say that they want PUBLIC SERVICE time to get the news about POISON symptoms out and it would have been given. NOT a SINGLE VET ASKED!!!
    How is THAT for a failure?

    Where was the talk about getting the vet bills paid?
    Where was the talk about getting foods tested?
    Where was the talk about DOING THE RIGHT FARKING THING BY THOSE WHO HAD BEEN SUFFERING FOR MONTHS??
    Huh??

    Oh, AND WHERE WAS THE TALK ABOUT GETTING THE SURVIVING PETS, you know, THE ONES STILL SUFFERING, AS THEY WILL SUFFER EVERY DAY FOR THE REST OF THEIR LIVES, COUNTED!!??
    Where was that?

    Kiss my lily white rear you hypocrites, where were YOU when the pets were dying?
    Oh yeah, raking in the money and hiding, you cowards!!

  2. E. Hamilton says:

    Just what every pet parent with a dead or suffering pet wanted to see.
    The vets with their noses up the butts of the FDA AND the PFI!

    Very impressive.

  3. E. Hamilton says:

    Mistakes?
    Failure on an EPIC scale is more like it.
    Where is the apology?
    Where is a single WORD about the cost to pet parents?
    Where is a SINGLE word to that unspeakable piece of crap, Duane, about shutting the fark up about “16′ Deaths?

    Where is there a DEMAND from the vets that pet parents be treated with some farking RESPECT?

    And where, for the love of God, is there a single WORD from the vets about counting the SURVIVORS, THE DEAD, ANYTHING!!??

    These are NOT vets, these are parasites.

  4. pat says:

    this is an outrage. i fail to see what the avma president has to be pleased about; their performance was and continues to be abominable in the face of this crisis.

    sundlof seems to have found the answer to fda communications problems by simply ignoring pet food safety entirely and telling the public nothing.

    ekedahl is very high on my list of people who should go directly to hell, and i wouldn’t be entirely unhappy if he were shown the entranceway.

    obviously the public needs to make their presence felt at these self congratulatory love fests that these exploiters of companion animals hold for themselves. i think they’d be less complacent if they were pelted with kibble and jerky treats everywhere they went.

  5. Carol says:

    My vet knew the latest info about the recall and illnesses when I brought him web pages off the internet. He was taking care of my second cat in his hospital for 8 days during the initial recall and he was frustrated as he was not getting any info from his organizations as to what the heck was going on. It appeared that there was absolutely no direction for him for info just like it was for us pet parents with sickened pets. My two cats were the only pets he treated for the poisonings so there was no one else bringing in info. He did have a lot of pet parents wanting lab work done however. It’s scary to think that the caregivers of our pets don’t have better direction than we had! He had told me that after office hours he spends hours searching the net for more info!

  6. nora says:

    And now the suffering continues, and only the reported ones are known. That does not count for the endless unreported sickness and pet deaths that are happening right now because the tainted foods have not stopped and will obviously never stop. Yea the Vets had their little convention. Good for them. If only something of substance were accomplished by it. Guess not.

  7. Sharon says:

    Did a single vet at the AVMA donate their services to people whose pets were suffering? Did a single vet remove pet food from their lobby or tell the pet food companies to go to hell? Not a single vet has stood up for us or our pets. They are whores in the pocket of pet food companies and the government.

  8. Pukanuba says:

    “Duane Ekedahl, executive director of the Pet Food Institute, said most consumers still trust their pet foods and haven’t lost faith in them.”

    Hey Duane-o, exactly who the hell have you asked about this? Please come to Itchmo & take a survey here……maybe you will actually learn something. Nah, that’s not your job, is it? Covering up & spinning is your job. Sorry, lost my head.

    “Dr. Stephen Sundlof, director of the Center for Veterinary Medicine at the FDA said, “We tried to be as forthcoming as we could.”

    Hey Steve-o, when the hell were you or anyone else in any of our gov’t agencies “forthcoming”……..you don’t even know the meaning of THAT word.

    What a bunch of friggin morons……& dishonest ones at that.

  9. Dave says:

    It is sad that as/when and after the recall, people were encouraged by the various vet associations to visit their vet if they had questions about proper pet nutrition or to discuss what to feed. I am sure 1,000’s of people were advised to now buy pet food from their vet (even though vet$ had to call client$ to recall some of their food$). I still don’t understand how most vet$ can possibily believe that a dry kibble food can be healthy for a pet. It is sad when some people promise to look after our pets, receive a Dr. designation, use the words “forthcoming” and “trust” but know so little about what healthy nutrition is really all about. A fish rots from the head down and so we know where the problem starts.

  10. 2CatMom says:

    In the words of our President: “Great Job Hammerhead.”

    Many individual vets did a great job during this crisis. But their PR organization, just like the PFI did NOTHING to help. All their Happy Talk makes me ill. Or maybe I just ate some contaminated food.

    Next thing you know you’ll be reading: Poison food actually good for pets!

  11. Cathy says:

    Dr. Hammer must have gotten hit on the head one too many times. Way to pat yourself on the back for a bad job. But that’s how corporate America works these days. They think that if they tell everyone what a good job they’re doing, everyone will believe them.

    Sounds like the AMVA invited alot of VIPs to their party. Maybe they should have invited some REAL people - the ones who keep them in business - and ask their opinion of how ‘efficient’ they were rather than talking out their butts.

  12. Judy says:

    Duane Ekedahl, executive director of the Pet Food Institute, said most consumers still trust their pet foods and haven’t lost faith in them.

    Hey Duane where are all these consumers you speak of? I don’t trust any pet food company and when I spoke to my vet last night neither did she. In fact she referred to buying pet food as a crap shoot.

    This bunch seems to all have their heads up their butts.

  13. E. Hamilton says:

    Maybe the link to this thread should be emailed to the AVMA, so they can see EXACTLY how impressed we all are?

    Maybe that would be a help to the poor confudddled things?
    Perhaps an investigation on how brain damage results from too much exposure to the PFI and the FDA would be in order?

  14. A.C. says:

    =The new incoming president of the AVMA, Dr. Gregory Hammer, said, “I’m pleased with how efficiently the AVMA dealt with the pet food recall. We were a player for the public and the professionals seeking the latest factual information.”=

    WHOA! Is this for real? Hammerhead is PLEASED? He thinks the AVMA acted EFFICIENTLY? As A PLAYER FOR THE PUBLIC?

    I’m stunned. How he can say that and not choke is way, way beyond me. The AVMA didn’t act for the public, or for the pets their organization supposedly cares so much about. I read post after post of frustrated and despairing vets searching desperately for info that might help save sick and dying animals.

    The AVMA let all their stakeholders down, from the pets to the owners to those on the front-line of this horrible catastrophe. How they get off being “pleased” by their (in-) actions is inconceivable.

    I am appalled and disgusted with all this backslapping and self-congratulatory behavior, and sickened at the lack of regard shown to bereaved pet owners and still-suffering pets. My need for an honest apology from someone, ANYONE, and my rage at the ever-increasingly clear contempt for pet-owners by those in the industry is becoming well-nigh unbearable.

  15. Anonymous says:

    Dr. Stephen Sundlof, director of the Center for Veterinary Medicine at the FDA said, “We tried to be as forthcoming as we could. But at times, the public and the press didn’t realize we also could only offer so much information while we were in the midst of investigations.”

    IS THAT INVESTIGATIONS OR - AHEM- $$$CONSULTATIONS W YOUR INDUSTRY PIMPS

  16. Anonymous says:

    Duane Ekedahl, executive director of the Pet Food Institute, said most consumers still trust their pet foods and haven’t lost faith in them. When Ekedahl was asked if manufacturers should be more detailed on their labels of where their ingredients are from and if US pet companies should stop importing products from China, he responded: “I don’t believe that those ideas (are) practical, not in our world economy.”

    NOTHING IS MORE DANGEROUS THAN A PROPAGANDIST WHO BELIEVES THE PROPAGANDA. BUT I’D HARDLY GIVE DRAINO EVEN THAT MUCH CREDIT. LYING BAG OF BARF.

  17. Anonymous says:

    Barbara Powers, president of the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians said that more lab work could have been completed and it also could have been done at a faster rate. But the problem is that there isn’t a way to fund that. She suggested that there be financial resources created to get lab results quickly in emergencies.

    THERE WASN’T A WAY TO FUND THAT BECAUSE THE AVMA, LIKE THE FDA, IS A WHOLLY OWNED SUBSIDIARY OF INDUSTRY GREED AND CORRUPTION.

    WHY ON EARTH WOULD THE AVMA FUND LAB TESTS TO PROTECT ANIMALS? ONLY SOMEONE WITH A MOTIVE AND DESIRE TO HELP WOULD DO THIS. THE AVMA IS A PACK OF FILTHY PROFITEERS GETTING RICH OFF SICK ANIMALS. EASY TO SEE THAT ANIMALS MUST CONTINUE TO GET SICK, IN ORDER TO KEEP THEIR COFFERS FULL.

  18. Cathy says:

    One thing was clear when this mess began — the AMVA has no way of disseminating information to vets across the country. What kind of organization can call itself professional and not be able to communicate with its members, quickly and efficiently. Oh, sorry, they can’t, they might have gotten sued for saving lives if they were honest about what happened.

  19. Anonymous says:

    DITTO EHAMILTON :
    Just what every pet parent with a dead or suffering pet wanted to see. The vets with their noses up the butts of the FDA AND the PFI!

    RIGHT ON: These are NOT vets, these are parasites.

  20. Anonymous says:

    DAVE: 100% ON TARGET IMO
    It is sad that as/when and after the recall, people were encouraged by the various vet associations to visit their vet if they had questions about proper pet nutrition or to discuss what to feed. [P U K E H E R E]

    I am sure 1,000’s of people were advised to now buy pet food from their vet

    YOU BET YOUR EFFING SOCKS THEY WERE. YOU’VE GOT THE PICTURE!

    (even though vet$ had to call client$ to recall some of their food$). I still don’t understand how most vet$ can possibily believe that a dry kibble food can be healthy for a pet.

    WELL THE WORD IS NOW GETTING OUT. OUR PETS HAVE PAID WITH THEIR LIVES FOR THIS OUTRAGE. AND VET$ HAVE CRIED ALL THE WAY TO THE BANK.

    It is sad when some people promise to look after our pets, receive a Dr. designation, use the words “forthcoming” and “trust” but know so little about what healthy nutrition is really all about.

    BRAVO BRAVO

    A fish rots from the head down and so we know where the problem starts.

    INDEED WE DO AND THE STINK HAS REACHED PETOWNERS ALL ACROSS AMERICA. NEXT TIME THEY THROW OUT A HOOK, OH, SAY, VACCINES THAT CAUSE SARCOMA AT THE INJECTION SITE OR ARE BEING [15 YRS AFTER THE FACT] INVESTIGATED FOR ANIMALS DEVELOPING ANTIBODIES TO THEIR OWN ORGANS…………..

    JUST SAY HELL NO.

    GOOD POSTS.

  21. Anonymous says:

    CATHY; Sounds like the AMVA invited alot of VIPs to their party. Maybe they should have invited some REAL people - the ones who keep them in business

    AMEN. AND MAYBE *WE* SHOULD FIND OURSELVES SOME REAL ANIMAL HEALTH ADVOCATES. NOW THAT WE KNOW THE SCORE. THEY DO EXIST. NO ONE SHOULD BELIEVE THE AVMA IS ALLKNOWING AND ALTRUISTIC.

    A.C. :He thinks the AVMA acted EFFICIENTLY? As A PLAYER FOR THE PUBLIC?

    AGAIN, [P U K E H E R E]

  22. Anonymous says:

    CATHY: One thing was clear when this mess began — the AMVA has no way of disseminating information to vets across the country. What kind of organization can call itself professional and not be able to communicate with its members, quickly and efficiently.

    OH THEY TALK WITH THEIR OWN MEMBERS, YESSIREE.

    Oh, sorry, they can’t, they might have gotten sued for saving lives if they were honest about what happened.

    BINGO CATHY. THEY DON’T WANT TO BE THE DOG THAT BARKS TO ALERT THE PUBLIC TO THE PETFOOD MURDERS

  23. Anonymous says:

    …BECAUSE THEY ARE IN BED WITH THE PETFOOD/PETPRODUCT/PETPHARM INDUSTRY.

  24. E. Hamilton says:

    Every single vet in this country MUST have a license to BE a vet .
    The state that wants money and the damned AVMA sure know where to find the vets when they want the dinero for the dues, right?

    On top of insulting the intelligence of every grieving pet parent on a daily farking basis for months and then topping it off with an unseemly group grope session with the FDA and the PFI, people who cannot figure out to get on TV and say, “Crap, we have pets dying in the thousands from poison and we have lost our list of the vets phone numbers, yo, if you are a vet, if you know a vet, PHONE HOME!” do not have the smarts to trim a dogs toenails.

    Like the Hills pet poisoners did not know how to reach the vets-HAH!


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