Recall Update: Weekend Edition

Quote from market survey of pet owners:

The on-line survey, conducted April 9-11, found that 95% of Americans are aware that pets have died recently because of tainted pet food. Among owners of dogs and cats, awareness reached 100%. Most of them are following the story: 80.4% of cat owners and 74.8% of dog owners say they know which brands are associated with this issue. And of the pet owners, 13.1% said the brand they usually buy has been recalled.

But the pet-food scare has not influenced people to change their behavior. Most are still buying the same brand and type of food (i.e.: wet versus dry) they usually buy, and they’re getting it at the same retailer they always go to.

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(Thanks to several readers for their tips)

24 Responses to “Recall Update: Weekend Edition”

  1. Rocky says:

    Rocky was not able to closely monitor the big board today due his search for duct tape and plastic, as previously noted. His search for duct tape was unsuccessful as he could not find a single brand that wasn’t made in China. Rocky loves free markets and would like to raise the standard of living for all dear souls who are wretched and yearning to breath free.

    But Rocky, though not a scholar, has learned the hard way that free markets must also be fair markets. Rocky prefers to avoid those who do great harm, either by design or by accident.

    Rocky wants to be on this earth a bit longer in order to continue his work, such as it is, because Rocky strongly believes in the following:

    “We need another and a wiser and perhaps a more mystical concept of animals.

    Remote from universal nature, and living by complicated artifice, man in civilization surveys the creatures through the glass of his knowledge and sees thereby a feather magnified and the whole image in distortion.

    We patronize them for their incompleteness; for their tragic fate of having taken form so far below ourselves. And therein we err. We greatly err.

    For the animals shall not be measured by man. In a world older and more complete, gifted with extension of the senses we have lost or never attained, living by voices we shall never hear.

    They are not brethren, they are not underlings.

    They are other nations, caught with ourselves in the net of life and time, fellow prisoners of the splendor and travail of the earth.

    - Henry Beston, The Outermost House”

    Rocky will continue to encourage his friends to make wise choices when buying pet food. Rocky has discovered that the very BRANDS which offer sustenance may very well destroy him in the end.

    Rocky is no fool.

  2. Steve says:

    The Pet Food Industry is either filled with the stupidest people on earth, or these are the most diabolical people there are.

    Which do you prefer?

  3. james says:

    After reading about the contaminated pet food and the tragic stories told by pet owners I did some looking around and I would like to tell you what I found.
    Everyone at one time or another has been bitten by a dog or cat. Last week, my sister`s little dog gave me a nip and I jumped(she laughed). It’s no big deal where we live.
    But, if you live in China, get bitten by a dog, you could become one of the 200 people that die every month from rabies.
    It seems some people in China have been breeding dogs and cats for a long time for their skins. I guess they make fur hats or something that they sell and export. This and other factors has led to a dog population in excess of a 150 million dogs. This has enabled rabies to proliferate to the point where China has 80% of all human rabies cases worldwide.
    Last summer the authorities started a campaign to kill all dogs, usually by clubbing them to death even in front of their owners. Perhaps someone got a little tired of swinging clubs and thought of a more “efficient” approach to the culling of the dogs.
    The pet food poison.
    I hear a lot about melamine, but after reading the MSDS sheet on melamine it looks like it is not anything more than an irritant and carcinogen. It certainly does not block an enzyme necessary for protein synthesis upon which kidney function depends but Aminopterin(the rat poison) does. (Aminopterin was also used in chemotherapy but was discontinued because it was too toxic.)
    The 2008 Summer Olympics will be held in Beijing China. If people find out about the rabies epidemic they may think twice about attending, investors may think twice about investing in a would-be profitable venue. They probably don’t want you to know about it.
    I`m not aware of how Menu Foods got the poisoned wheat gluten; maybe it was thought to be a very economic purchase or the supplier was having a going-out-of-business sale or a shipment mix up: We got their gluten they got ours by mistake.
    My heart goes out to the owners of the pets that are sick and dying. The only thing sicker is that when the slime and destruction is finally scraped away, there`s the dollar.
    James

  4. catherine pierson says:

    in the category of “stupidest people on earth” we must, i think, include those consumers who are not changing their buying habits. if people continue to give their business to the very same companies who caused this mess nothing will change. do we call these consumers stupid or uncaring, or both.

  5. Steve says:

    True. Despite all the evidence they are being sold poison they want to believe it’s not true and that in fact this snake oil is good stuff.

    Go figure

  6. menusux says:

    FYI–we have 2 items here–one is the Petfood Industry Directory of Suppliers, and the other is regarding their National Forums beginning in Chicago on Monday.

    Petfood Industry Supplier Directory:

    http://www.directorypub.com/WATT/

    Petfood Industry Directory of Suppliers–click the logo at left to get to it.

    http://www.directorypub.com/PET/

    Petfood Industry Directory of Suppliers
    Published annually in print in July for qualified industry professionals throughout the world.

    Select Ingredients from the list–

    http://www.directorypub.com/SR.....id=6000050

    And you get an alphabetic list of all ingredients.

    http://www.directorypub.com/SR.....mp;prodid=‘Wheat%20Gluten’&pub_id=6000050&PHPSESSID=58aaa9f9d6b233c23764c0a599852dda

    Look for Wheat Gluten and you find ChemNutra on the suppliers’ list.

    http://www.directorypub.com/SR.....id=6000050

    Click the link and you will see everything ChemNutra will import from China for the pet food industry.

    Petfood Industry National Events–Chicago-4/16-4/19

    http://www.wattnet.com/petfoodforum/home.cfm?pg=4

    This page says they will be having 2 events in Chicago, beginning on Monday, April 16, and continuing through Friday, April 19. Pet Food Forum is at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare from 4/16-4/18; Pet Food Focus on Treats is also at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare, running from 4/18-4/19.

    http://www.wattnet.com/petfoodforum/PetForum.cfm

    Petfood Forum Monday 4/16-Wednesday 4/18
    “This premier event for the petfood industry offers exciting, informative sessions, plenty of networking opportunities and access to the main players in the field.”

    Time of events, etc. also shown on this page.

    http://www.wattnet.com/petfood.....Treats.cfm

    Petfood Focus on Treats Wednesday 4/18-Thursday 4/19
    “This comprehensive educational program offers an in-depth look at the exploding market for pet treats.”

    Event times shown here also.

    Protest, anyone?

  7. Jan says:

    James:

    Boy oh boy, did you ever give me food for thought. Brilliant thoughts you had on the subject.

    Just as a point of interest, the China exporter of that tainted wheat gluten was found to be on the internet looking to buy large quantities of melamine……& I do believe it was late March, AFTER the recall. Could be they’re whipping up another batch of yummy wheat gluten for the good old USA or perhaps for their own dogs.

  8. Debbie from PA says:

    LYNETTE, just want to let you know that I posted under the highlighted area above about Sen. Durbin getting flak about the recall. It’s hot!—I think you’ll like it! : ) Trust me, that’s only a small part of what I am capable of saying to the Sen. Durbin bashers!…or to any person with vicious anti-animal views!
    In a nutshell, they are narrow-minded, uninformed, not fully compassionate people who don’t have a clue about the whole picture of life, the animals, and our environment…and how the same interacts and affects ALL of us in the whole world for the better or worse….but they know how to rattle on with viciousness and cruelty! That tells us what’s in their hearts…that is, if cruelty can exist in the heart.

    HEAR THAT SEN. DURBIN and ELIZ. HODGKINS BASHERS?????

  9. Sandy says:

    I would like to know where this online Market Survey was? I have been following this Pet Food Recall and nowhere I have been on the internet have I seen a survey about whether I would buy the same brand again. I can tell you that would be a very big NO! Unless this survey was conducted on a reputable website that has been involved with the facts of this recall I would have to question the validity of it.

  10. Anonymous says:

    If melamine is being used to up protein content and/or bulk what about contamination in feed animals ? It may not be enough to cause overt illness in their lifetime but that doesn’t mean it wouldn’t have a cumulative effect in ours and our companions. Is anyone testing protein sources, other than wheat gluten ?

  11. 5CatMom says:

    ITCHMO HEADLINE:

    “FDA Commissioner to be on NPR on Monday 10am Eastern. Call or email The Diane Rehm Show with questions. 1-800-433-8850″

  12. 5CatMom says:

    Hi Guys,

    See above headline. Do you have any info that Diane needs to know about?

    I knew that you would.

    Me too.

  13. 5CatMom says:

    MENUSUX,

    VERY Good stuff. Thanks.

  14. Anonymous says:

    Excellent point James. Perhaps another question to ask for those that can’t e-mail or call in: What other effects does Aminopterin or suspected contaminants produce? Neurological ? Is anyone looking at a surge in anything but kidney failure?

  15. 5CatMom says:

    MENUSUX,

    Next week should be interesting. I hope the by-products begin to hit the fan real soon!

  16. 5CatMom says:

    Sandy,

    In this area, sales are up in our 2 “natural” stores. Where I bought food today, sales are up 25%. I asked as I was checking out. In the grocery store (BRANDS only), everything was reduced for quick sale.

    Don’t believe those market surveys are reliable. It’s part of the marketing strategy. The BRANDS want us to believe “all is well” so that we’ll keep buying.

    Wrong. Everyone I know is going “natural”.

  17. Evy in CO says:

    Anonymous ~

    You are echoing my sentiments exactly. My nutritionist still feels that it could have been messed up during formulation.

    Back in Oct/Nov the cost of pet food ingredients went SKY HIGH. Factor that in to companies that were reformulating and fast and potassium chloride is in a canned food normally at ten pounds per ton. Although my nutritionist does not believe in canned, he knows about it.

    Anyways, his theory is that the reason they can’t point to a toxin or contaminant and say “That’s it!” is because the formulation was done recklessly and in too much of a hurry.

    It would also explain reading about the deaths from dry foods too. Maybe the use of ingredients that were borderline to save money? Maybe bad bad bad formulation - especially when you consider that the ‘job’ of potassium chloride is to give those little nugget shapes a better form. Maybe someone didn’t understand how lethal potassium chloride can be at even thirty pounds per ton in pet food.

    Until I hear *exactly* what the issue is, I will always wonder about the fact that something this is a common ingredient to the food (like potassium chloride) was in at the wrong levels.

    I own a small pet food company and in nine years have learned my fair share and it makes me sick. I saw that 3% of pet food companies are not members of The Pet Food Institute and you can count me in on that 3%. No way!! My hunch is that you’d be gagging if you knew what went into most pet foods that corporate America sells. Could just be their pants getting pulled down and all this ruckus about the ‘toxins’ that aren’t killing them just proves how ruthless and greedy they are.

    If I had a sample of the canned food that was on the recall list, I’d have it tested for potassium chloride levels. No one can say definitely that the melamine is killing them - just that it’s found in tissues and urine.

    I get so sick to my stomach thinking about the loss of precious hearts over greed.

    Once again, I lay flowers at the graves of the pets who are mourned. We have no icon to gather around, but if you lost a pet, please know that you are the collective souls of all of us who love our FurKids.

  18. Debbie says:

    As far as I’m concerned:

    1. No matter who and what it to blame for the enire fiasco, all I want is them prosecuted, EVERYONE who was irresponsibly involved… and ALL the poison pet food companies involved OUT OF BUSINESS so that they wil not be able to continue with more hype, LIES, illnesses and deaths!

    2. I would like to see the millions of us concerned pet parents revolution the pet food industry by buying only the truly SAFE healthy pet foods that a lot of us were not aware of before, like “Natural Balance, Canidae, etc.”

    We have built up the lying poison pet food companies to make them billions of dollars a year industries. We can certainly bring them down and build up the truly SAFE companies! LET’s DO IT!

  19. Debbie says:

    For those of you who didn’t catch it in one of the highlighted areas above, the “Wellness” brand has a connection with MENU Foods!
    Good to know if you are boycotting Menu entirely.

  20. Anonymous says:

    Yes, please- to any that have lost or are fighting to save their companion (s),
    we’re not forgetting about you and yours with all these comments and questions. Heaven knows the heartache you are feeling. So many, many thoughts are with you.

  21. Evy in CO says:

    Here is another question.

    What is happening with all of the comments I’ve seen online from MANY pet owners who have pets getting sick on the dry food. I know Itchmo has a section on that, but seriously, shouldn’t that be profiled more on howl911.com or petconnection.com ?? More recently, since it got buried.

    I’m really concerned, since I’ve read so many random posts about dogs and cats dying from DRY food and the owner was requested to send a sample to the respective company for ‘further investigation’ while in the meantime, it seems nothing is being done.

    I am worried that the ‘dry food’ issues are not being addressed by a single community. And the folks out there are wandering aimlessly with no place to gather their complains like the wet recall had. Granted, right now no dry foods are ‘under suspicion’ but with the hike in the cost of ingredients last Oct/Nov I am seeing too many problems/deaths/illnesses online with the dry food.

    Any ideas anyone? I don’t want the issue of dry pet food problems buried along with the pets that were lost.

  22. Debbie says:

    EVY in CO, I am going to address your concerns as best I can from what I gathered in your comments. With all the massive amount of info that is on this site, I can’t even begin to remember where I read it, but here goes…dry foods ARE under suspicion bec it was discovered that grains, ie, wheat, corn, etc., sometimes have dormant, harmful bacterias that become activated when the animal drinks water.
    I suggest that folks who believe their pets have been affected by it to check with their vets and then if so, pet parents can call their state’s FDA to complain…as I did about a certain pet food matter. The number is very easy to find on the internet.

  23. Sandi says:

    Anonymous Says:

    April 14th, 2007 at 8:09 pm
    Excellent point James. Perhaps another question to ask for those that can’t e-mail or call in: What other effects does Aminopterin or suspected contaminants produce? Neurological ? Is anyone looking at a surge in anything but kidney failure?

    Anony, I also have the very same question. Our cat was exhibiting some very strange things before she died, some of what the vet cant explain at all. Very strange neurological things going on for a couple of months that she never had in her life! I did read that Aminopterin can cause severe intestinal damage also. I would wonder if pets that already issues going on might have been set over the edge by whatever the true contaminants are that they hopefully can identify and soon. And what does this mean for the thousands of pets years from now who have eaten the food? I would worry that a new batch of health issues for these pets is around the corner.

  24. 5CatMom says:

    From: ITCHMO: Recall Update: Weekend Edition

    “FDA Commissioner to be on NPR on Monday 10am Eastern. Call or email The Diane Rehm Show with questions. 1-800-433-8850 (drshow@wamu.org)”

    Any news on what the Commissioner had to say?


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