Recall Update: Sunday

New recalls from last week: SmartPak, Drs. Fosters & Smith, Menu Foods expansion adds 29 new brands to already enormous list.

FYI. Itchmo will be on Steve Dale’s Pet Central radio show today at 8pm Central to discuss the pet food recall.

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17 Responses to “Recall Update: Sunday”

  1. Fiona says:

    The Oprah Show had Dr. Marty on April 27th. This is what he had to say about what to feed your pet…thought you would like to see this everyone.

    His website www.drmarty.com

    What should I feed my pet for best health?

    Aim for the Ideal
    Diet decisions are not a matter of right or wrong. If you understand what is ideal, you can then create a feeding program that will help move your pet closer to the healthiest diet options. In general, the more real food your dogs and cats eat, the healthier they will be.

    The chart below outlines how our feeding choices for our pets (companion carnivores) can affect their health. The closer to the upper level choices, the better the chance for optimal health. You will likely be in the middle ranges most of the time. That is fine, as long as you always press toward the ideal.

    Ideal - Healthiest

    1. Hunted, raw prey (not realistic in modern society)

    2. Fresh raw meats, bones, organ meats with very small amounts of fresh vegetables. Include a well-rounded vitamin/mineral mix and omega 3 essential fatty acids (salmon oil). You can prepare your own raw diet using meat/bone pieces and parts, or you can use pre-prepared ground products such as Bravo! and Nature’s Variety.

    3. Fresh cooked meats, calcium, organ meat, with very small amounts of fresh vegetables. Include a vitamin/mineral mix, and omega 3 essential fatty acids (salmon oil). There are several books on the market that help you create your own home-cooked diet. It’s best to follow the recipes in these books.

    4. Ultra Premium commercial canned foods and augmented with some fresh, raw foods. Canned foods, which are lower in carbohydrates, are much better for your pet than dry kibble. Some of the brands I like are Nature’s Variety, Merrick, and Evanger’s. These products are mostly meat, are usually grain-free, and very low in carbohydrates. The meat they use is human quality and they do not use by-products or chemical preservatives.

    5. As in #4 above, but adding fresh cooked foods

    6. Ultra Premium canned commercial foods WITHOUT fresh raw or cooked foods added

    7. Super Premium canned foods are very much like the brands above, but they use more grains. They still use good quality meats and don’t contain by-products. Brand examples: Solid Gold, Innova, Pet Promise.

    8. Super Premium grain-free dry food (kibble) like Instinct by Nature’s Variety

    9. Premium canned foods. These brands use substantially less meat. Water is often the number 1 ingredient (in the Ultra Premium brands meat is the number one ingredient), they use meat by-products (poor quality waste parts) and they usually contain significant amounts of grains and chemical preservatives. Often, if all the grains are added together, they would equal or exceed the meat. The meat quality is OK, but just barely.

    10. Super Premium kibble like Innova, Prairie, Canidae, and Timberwolf

    11. Grocery store brands – canned or dry. These contain very little meat, are made with substantial amounts of meat by-products, and primarily consist of grain and grain by-products. The rendered meat used in these products came from condemned animals, ie – animals that were deemed unfit for human consumption. These products normally contain artificial colors, flavors and chemical preservatives.

    Worst - Unhealthy

  2. Steve says:

    We’re on our own.

    It’s all lies and deception now.

    Let the Buyer Beware

  3. susanUnPC says:

    China Poisons the World (Republicans Help)
    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2007/5/6/82555/43538

    DrSteveB has written a smart, passionate story today, taking off from my story of yesterday, about our need for strong regulation. It’s a great read, as are the comments.

    DrSteveB also tells a story of his work in monitoring an outbreak in Nigeria from tainted medicines.

  4. mal says:

    GOOD ARTICLE:

    China IS poisoning the World……Literally

    “China is giving us a firsthand look at what happens when America exports unregulated capitalism to the rest of the world. Republicans and Libertarians alike believe that capitalism can be self-regulating in the absence of government oversight. China and other developing capitalist countries prove this notion completely false.

    Republicans and Libertarians want to further deregulate American industry while simultaneously dismantling oversight agencies such as the FDA and the USDA. If they can’t eliminate these agencies, they will de-fund them and staff them with corporate cronies.

    It is likely that the recent revelations about tainted pet food and now tainted pharmaceuticals are just the tip of the iceberg. The diethylene glycol contamination from China has been going on since at least 1992 without being disclosed to the general public. It seems very likely that many more such incidences of food and drug contamination have gone unreported as yet.

    It is also interesting to note that glycerin is a common ingredient in certain pet foods and that diethylene glycol causes kidney failure as in the case of the recent pet poisonings. It would be useful, I think, for the FDA to test tainted pet foods for the presence of this toxic solvent.

    Republicans and Libertarians beware of what you wish for, you just might just reap the “benefits” of unregulated capitalism in your child’s next bottle of cough syrup.”

    http://www.opednews.com/articl…..ning_t.htm

  5. mal says:

    Sorry link above does not seem to be working:

    http://www.opednews.com/articl.....ning_t.htm

  6. ally says:

    Another interesting read regarding the ongoing problems with how the FDA operates & is set up. I posted this at the PC, but wanted to also share here.

    Ag Weekly Online posted it on 5/5/07:
    FDA Knew of Problems in Plant, Farms Involved in Recent Outbreaks

    By Elizabeth Williamson, The Washington Post

    “The Food and Drug Administration has known for years about contamination problems at a Georgia peanut butter plant and California spinach farms that led to disease outbreaks that killed three people, sickened hundreds, and forced one of the biggest product recalls in U.S. history, documents and interviews show.

    Overwhelmed by huge growth in the number of food processors and imports, however, the agency took only limited steps to address the problems and relied on producers to police themselves, according to agency documents.”

    Wow. That’s very reassuring, innit? Hold me back.

    “Congressional critics and consumer advocates said both episodes show that the agency is incapable of adequately protecting the safety of the food supply.”

    Ya don’t say. Gee, what was your first clue?
    Moving on…:

    “Tuesday, the House Energy and Commerce committee will hold a hearing into the unprecedented spate of recalls, including the more recent contamination of pet food with melamine, which has been blamed for the deaths of dozens of pets.”

    It’s a step. But we definitely need a heck of alot more steps to get with the program to ensure this type if catastrophe never occurs again. Steps are one thing, but an all out precision drill team routine is in order at this juncture in the game.

    “This administration does not like regulation, this administration does not like spending money, and it has a hostility toward government. The poisonous result is that a program like the FDA is going to suffer at every turn of the road,” said Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich.”

    Re: the recent hog problem:

    “FDA notified California state health officials that hogs on a farm in the state had likely eaten feed laced with melamine, an industrial chemical blamed for the deaths of dozens of pets in recent weeks.”

    And finally, the article addresses the lack of enough funds for the FDA to properly do its job (why am I not surprised?):

    “In next year’s budget,…[snip]…Congress has voted FDA a $10 million increase to improve food safety….The Agriculture Department, which monitors meat, poultry and eggs and keeps inspectors in every processing plant, got an increase 10 times that amount to help pay for its inspection programs. The FDA visits problem food plants about once a year, the rest far less frequently….”

    Anyone else see a glaring problem here? Or am I just having another Homer moment?

    Note this FDA budget increase was due to human food contamination, not pet food. Probably because the pet food recall came later, but still……wtf?! Think that budget needs to be amended if it hasn’t already?!

    You can read the entire article here:
    http://tinyurl.com/2g67wt

  7. Pit Bull Lover says:

    “Dr. Marty” considers Canidae kibble to be next-to-worst or one step above grocery store dogfood?

  8. Anonymous says:

    Steve is exactly right. It is not going to get better. They are hoping people will just forget about it and nothing will change. Note this quote by Acheson:

    “Globalization of food is here. It’s here to stay. We need to acknowledge that and make sure food coming to the United States is as safe as we can make it,” Acheson said in a telephone interview, one of the first he has conducted since taking on the new post on Tuesday.

    In other words we will continue to import everything from China with minimum inspection.

    I for one am transitioning my cats to home made food. We will have to be very careful about our own food, medicines, vitamins from here on out.

  9. susanUnPC says:

    Late yesterday, I realized I didn’t have time to get to my favored pet food store before it closed, so I stopped by my friend’s health food grocery/deli and bought two cans of Wysong from him.

    Well, I gave it to my 2 cats and the 5 homeless cats. Nobody would eat it.

    I recall you all griping lately about Wysong. But why don’t even my homeless cats eat it?

    (Raccoons come by at night and clean up whatever the homelss cats don’t eat. And I usually give them a peanut-butter sandwich every night. But I kept checking, and even the raccoons only ate the Wysong after they’d eaten everything else. When even the raccoons don’t want it, something is up …) ?

  10. Zoe says:

    SusanUnPC,

    If none of them will eat it I wouldn’t try to feed it to them again. Maybe they detect something in it.

    That’s cute about the raccoons and the peanut butter sandwich. I have some baby possums that stop by. I call it the critter cafe.

  11. cheetah-dog says:

    All of the Republican and or Bush bashing is getting really old on this forum. It is really not productive. Isn’t there a forum for all of the generalized political statements?

  12. Stevie says:

    cheetah-dog:

    Most Republicans can dish it out (to the Dems) but they can’t take it when the heat is turned up on them .-)

  13. cheetah-dog says:

    Stevie just proved my point!

  14. Helen says:

    I don’t think it is possible to divide the food debacle from politics. Politics are part of the disaster. I don’t see how we can avoid discussing the roots of this issue if we are going to fight the disgusting corrupt system that has been poisoning our pets (and us).

  15. JollyCat says:

    Dr. Marty ain’t a good source for information. And how could anyone say Pet Promise is even an option? It’s just Purina in drag.

    We still haven’t learned our lessons. Just as gullible and listening to experts that aren’t experts at all. Oprah was setting Dr. Marty up to satisfy pet food companies and hit the neutral zone. After she got bashed on by the cattle industry looks like she got spooked.

    Helen, agreed that the food issue and politics can’t be separated out.

    I just wonder where the other two shipments of wheat gluten turned up. Just like any good liar, they think if they are quiet enough it’ll go away and we’ll forget. I think companies are getting reports and trying to bury things with answers like, “It’s not on recall” or “the lot code doesn’t match” or “everything we sell is safe” when they are just looking out for money.

    So disappointing, this whole thing is just so sad. Just be careful about any more pet food experts. The ones before led a lot of people down dangerous paths.

  16. Helen says:

    What we could do is avoid harping on our party differences and concentrate on what we agree on….that we can work together to make a difference in food safety. :O

  17. Stevie says:

    Bingo Helen!! I TOTALLY agree with you.


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