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Human Food Recalls

  • Archway Holiday Cashew Cookies
  • Basil Recalled for Possible Salmonella Infection
  • FDA Warns Mineral Water May be Toxic
  • Cold Stone Creamery Ice Cream
  • Pet Food Recalled After Reports Of Kidney Failure
  • Dole Salad Mix
  • Don Pedro's Sausage
  • Emmpak Ground Beef
  • Falls Brand Wieners
  • Hershey Chocolate Products (Canada Only)

    U.S. Broadens List of Peanut Foods to Avoid
    The federal government is advising consumers to avoid cookies, cakes, ice cream and crackers made with peanut butter or peanut paste while it continues to investigate an outbreak of salmonella illness that is believed to have killed six people and sickened at least 485 others across the country. Several of the nation's largest retailers and manufacturers are voluntarily recalling products that may contain the contaminated peanut butter or paste. Among the retailers are Safeway, Kroger and Meijer, and products include Famous Amos Peanut Butter Cookies, Keebler Cheese & Peanut Butter Sandwich Crackers and Little Debbie Peanut Butter Toasty crackers. A list of recalled products is being kept and updated by the government at http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/peanutbutterrecall.

    Salmonella infects...
    Hundreds of millions of dollars later, federal health officials say that maybe tomatoes weren't to blame for the odd strain of salmonella that has sickened hundreds of consumers after all. Now, the more they think about it, the food sleuths think that maybe it's been something else causing the trouble all along, the Wall Street Journal reports. Jalapeño peppers, maybe. Or maybe cilantro and Serrano peppers. Or then again, maybe not. [Editor: of course Salmonella comes ONLY from animals, so how is it that animal waste is infecting our vegetables anyway?]

    Feds Have Beef With Meatpacker
    We note that the Food Safety and Inspection Service has expressed more than a little irritation at Nebraska Beef, Ltd., as the meat packer expands its recall of ground beef to 5.3 million pounds. That's 10 times the original recall. FSIS officials that the company's production practices "are insufficient to effectively control E. coli O157:H7," and that the recalled beef may have been produced under less than sanitary conditions.

    Tomatoes Off Menus
    June 10, 2008 · McDonald's "Big N' Tasty" sandwich is a little smaller Tuesday, and the Chicken Ranch BLT has temporarily lost its "T." Tomatoes are under scrutiny as the possible culprit in a salmonella outbreak that has sickened at least 145 people in more than a dozen states. The Food and Drug Administration is urging consumers to avoid Roma, plum and red round tomatoes. So far, investigators know that cherry tomatoes, grape tomatoes and tomatoes sold with the vines still attached have not been implicated by people who have gotten sick.

    E. Coli Scare Causes Massive Product Recall
    According to federal officials, a Chicago-based company has begun recalling its beef based products distributed in 11 states over serious concerns about a possible E. Coli contamination.

    Singulair Suicide Link?
    March 28, 2008 · The popular asthma drug Singulair is under investigation for its possible links to suicide.

    How Much of Your Food is Being Nuked Before it Hits the Shelf?
    India alone grows 1,000 varieties of mangoes in such delectable variations as the sweet, orange-skinned Alphonso, the Bombay Green and the Bangalora. Here in the U.S., we rarely see more than one lonely variety at the local supermarket, but that’s all about to change. Soon consumers will be able to sample the sweet and tart nectars of many more imported fruits and vegetables from Thailand, India and Mexico piled high in the produce section. But there’s a catch: this fruit will arrive irradiated. Shoppers may not be the wiser.

    USDA Makes Nation's Largest Beef Recall
    February 17, 2008 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Sunday recalled 143 million pounds of frozen beef from a Southern California slaughterhouse that is being investigated for mistreating cattle. Officials said it was the largest beef recall in the United States, surpassing a 1999 ban of 35 million pounds of ready-to-eat meats. The federal agency said the recall will affect beef products dating to Feb. 1, 2006, that came from Chino-based Westland/Hallmark Meat Co., which supplies meat to the federal school lunch program and to some major fast-food chains.

    FDA Issues Botox Warning Complications and deaths
    This could get ugly. The company that produces America's most popular quick-fix for facial wrinkles is now a target of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). FDA announced late Friday it was conducting a safety review of Allergan Inc.'s Botox and a similar product, Myobloc, after receiving reports of deaths and breathing problems in some patients who were injected with Botox syringes.

    FDA Warns of Botulism in Canned Green Beans
    December 22—Before serving up that green bean casserole for Christmas dinner, better check this out: the U.S. Food and Drug is warning consumers about a potential botulism contamination of canned cut green beans manufactured by New Era Canning Company, New Era, Mich. The suspect product is labeled as "GFS Fancy Blue Lake Cut Green Beans." The botulism bacterium produces a toxin that can result in a life-threatening illness or death. To date, no illnesses have been reported in connection with this incident. The canned cut green beans were distributed to retailers, restaurants and foodservice institutions by Gordon Food Service, Grand Rapids, Mich., with lot code 19H7FL and UPC code 93901 11873, in large institutional-sized, 6 pound 5 ounce (#10) cans.

    Beef Sold At Sam's Club Being Recalled
    Cargill Inc. is voluntarily recalling more than 840000 pounds of ground beef patties distributed at Sam's Club stores nationwide after four Minnesota children who ate the food developed E. coli illness.

    414000 Pizza Cases With Possible E. Coli O157:H7
    As there is a raised risk of E. coli O157:H7 contamination of 414000 cases of pizza products with pepperoni toppings, the makers, General Mills, has announced a voluntary recall of said pizzas.

    Another Beef Recall
    You might want to make that a veggie burger. There's been another big recall of ground beef -- this time by Cargill, one of the largest U.S. food producers. Like the 22 million pounds of ground beef recalled last month, the latest batch is suspected of E. coli contamination. The "American Chef's Selection Angus Beef" patties were sold at Sam's Club stores and elsewhere.

    Virus Spreading Alarm and Pig Disease in China
    Aug. 9 — A highly infectious swine virus is sweeping China’s pig population, driving up pork prices and creating fears of a global pandemic among domesticated pigs. So far, the mysterious virus — believed to cause an unusually deadly form of an infection known as blue-ear pig disease — has spread to 25 of this country’s 33 provinces and regions, prompting a pork shortage and the strongest inflation in China in a decade. More than that, China’s past lack of transparency — particularly over what became the SARS epidemic — has created global concern.

    Today's USDA Announcement: Foods Carrying the USDA '95% Organic' Seal Are Now Allowed to Contain Factory Farmed Intestines, PCBs, and Mercury

    Despite receiving more than ten thousand comments from consumers and family farmers opposing various aspects of a late May 2007 proposal, the USDA has approved a rule that will allow 38 new non-organic ingredients to be allowed in products bearing the "USDA Organic" seal. But the agency says this may just be interim approval, ,and has offered to extend the public comment period another 60 days (the original public comment period was only 7 days). "The ruling is yet another reason for organic-minded shoppers to carefully read ingredient labels, look for '100% Organic' labels, and buy from local family farmers via your area co-op, farmers market or CSA." Take action and send a letter to the USDA here.

    USDA May Trash Standards for Organic Foods
    With the “USDA organic” seal stamped on its label, Anheuser-Busch calls its Wild Hop Lager “the perfect organic experience.” “In today’s world of artificial flavors, preservatives and factory farming, knowing what goes into what you eat and drink can just about drive you crazy,” the Wild Hop website says. “That’s why we have decided to go back to basics and do things the way they were meant to be … naturally.” But many beer drinkers may not know that Anheuser-Busch has the organic blessing from federal regulators even though Wild Hop Lager uses hops grown with chemical fertilizers and sprayed with pesticides. A deadline of midnight Friday to come up with a new list of nonorganic ingredients allowed in USDA-certified organic products passed without action from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, leaving uncertain whether some foods currently labeled “USDA organic” would continue to be produced. The agency is considering a list of 38 nonorganic ingredients that will be permitted in organic foods. Because of the broad uses of these ingredients - as colorings and flavorings, for example - almost any type of manufactured organic food could be affected, including cereal, sausage, bread and beer. Organic food advocates have fought to block approval of some or all of the proposed ingredients, saying consumers would be misled. “This proposal is blatant catering to powerful industry players who want the benefits of labeling their products ‘USDA organic’ without doing the work to source organic materials,” said Ronnie Cummins, executive director of the Organic Consumers Assn. of Finland, Minn., a nonprofit group that boasts 850,000 members.

    Genetic Roulette Book
    The biotech industry's claim that genetically modified (GM) foods are safe is shattered in this groundbreaking book authored by Jeffrey M. Smith. Nearly forty health risks of the foods that Americans eat every day are presented in easy-to-read two-page spreads. The left page is designed for the quick scanning reader; it includes bullets, illustrations and quotes. The right side offers fully referenced text, describing both research studies and theoretical risks. The second half of Genetic Roulette explores why children are most at risk, how to avoid GM foods, false claims by biotech advocates, how industry research is rigged to avoid finding problems, why GM crops are not needed to feed the world, the economic losses associated with these crops, and more.

    Why American's Keep Getting Fatter
    A long-running contradiction in U.S. farm policy is fattening the waistlines of Americans and the profits of agribusiness at the same time. For the 30 years that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has been issuing dietary guidelines, there has been a stark inconsistency between the federal government's advice and its food funding. True, the USDA has been doing more, over time, to promote health through dietary guidelines, food pyramids and other nutrition programs. And yet more than $20 billion yearly -- more than one-fifth its budget -- is sunk into a farm bill that supports many of the foods its recommendations warn against. At the same time, the department virtually ignores incentives to produce, promote and consume some of the healthiest foods: fruits and vegetables. This contradiction may play a role in today's obesity epidemic and is in part driven by a counterintuitive farm policy, highlighted by the farm bill, which is up for renewal this year in Congress.

    Today's USDA Announcement: Foods Carrying the USDA '95% Organic' Seal Are Now Allowed to Contain Factory Farmed Intestines, PCBs, and Mercury

    Despite receiving more than ten thousand comments from consumers and family farmers opposing various aspects of a late May 2007 proposal, the USDA has approved a rule that will allow 38 new non-organic ingredients to be allowed in products bearing the "USDA Organic" seal. But the agency says this may just be interim approval, ,and has offered to extend the public comment period another 60 days (the original public comment period was only 7 days). "The ruling is yet another reason for organic-minded shoppers to carefully read ingredient labels, look for '100% Organic' labels, and buy from local family farmers via your area co-op, farmers market or CSA." Take action and send a letter to the USDA here.

    Tell the House Agriculture Committee Not to Allow Language Preempting State's Rights in Farm Bill

    Farm Bill that Would Deny State’s Rights to Protect Citizens from Risky Foods The U.S. House subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy and Poultry passed new language added to the 2007 Farm Bill that would bar states or localities from prohibiting any food or agricultural product that the USDA has deregulated. The primary intent of this passage is to deny local or state rights to regulate genetically engineered crops or food. This would wipe out the restrictions passed by voters in four California counties and two cities, and could limit the powers of the California Rice Certification Act and its ability to prohibit the introduction of GE rice varieties, as well as threaten similar regulation on GE rice in Arkansas and Missouri. Local and state laws pertaining to GE crops have also been passed in Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Maine, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Carolina, Oregon, South Dakota, Vermont, Washington and Wisconsin. All of these democratically enacted laws are threatened by this language. After recent problems with Melamine in pet and livestock feed, Listeria in chicken, and E. coli contamination in spinach and ground beef, we need more food safety protection not less. More than 40 environmental, animal welfare, consumer and food safety organizations sent a letter to the Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee opposing this dangerous language.

    Tainted Chinese Imports Common
    Dead pets and melamine-tainted food notwithstanding, change will prove difficult, policy experts say, in large part because U.S. companies have become so dependent on the Chinese economy that tighter rules on imports stand to harm the U.S. economy, too. "So many U.S. companies are directly or indirectly involved in China now, the commercial interest of the United States these days has become to allow imports to come in as quickly and smoothly as possible," said Robert B. Cassidy, a former assistant U.S. trade representative for China and now director of international trade and services for Kelley Drye Collier Shannon, a Washington law firm. As a result, the United States finds itself "kowtowing to China," Cassidy said, even as that country keeps sending American consumers adulterated and mislabeled foods. It's not just about cheap imports, added Carol Tucker Foreman, a former assistant secretary of agriculture now at the Consumer Federation of America. “Under the Bush administration in particular… if a proposed regulation does get past agency or department heads, it hits the wall at the White House Office of Management and Budget.” The Bush Office Of Management and Budget has never seen a food safety regulation it liked, and indeed plans are in the works to allow chicken to be imported from China despite the obvious risks (Avian Flu etc.) to consumers.

    China's toxic syrup a global killer
    A SYRUPY poison, diethylene glycol, is an indispensable part of the modern world, an industrial solvent and prime ingredient in antifreeze. It is also a killer. And the deaths, if not intentional, are often no accident. The kidneys fail first. Then the central nervous system begins to misfire. Paralysis spreads, making breathing difficult, then often impossible without assistance. In the end, most victims die. Many of them are children, poisoned at the hands of their unsuspecting parents.

    Mad cow disease, propaganda, and the politics of greed
    I’m obsessed with mad cow disease. I became obsessed with it about 15 years ago when I was working on the bovine growth hormone issue and found out that if you inject cows with bovine growth hormone, there’s a good chance you will kill them unless you feed them supplemental fat and supplemental protein, because the hormone is causing them to shed their fat and protein into increased milk production. So guess where that supplemental fat and protein is coming from? It’s coming from slaughterhouse waste. This, in fact, is what has amplified and spread mad cow disease—a fatal, food-borne disease that causes dementia. The solution is this: You may not be a vegetarian, but any animals you eat have to be vegetarians, because as far as we know, mad cow disease is really only spread through the practice of feeding slaughterhouse waste as supplemental fat and protein back to livestock. Of course, we’ve heard over and over that we stopped doing that in the United States in 1997 with our firewall feed ban. It would be wonderful if that were true, but it’s not. The United States, right now, continues to legally feed billions of pounds of slaughterhouse waste to cattle in the United States. This waste includes cattle blood, cattle fat contaminated with protein, meat and bone meal, fat and blood from pigs, and something called poultry litter – two billion pounds a year of what’s bulldozed up from the pit of these giant poultry factories is fed to cattle in the United States. Lester Crawford, who recently resigned or was pushed out of FDA is on record as saying 30 percent of that two billion pounds of poultry litter, nice little euphemism there, that’s fed to cattle in the U.S. consists of meat and bone meal that’s been spilled or defecated. Suggested Read: The Omnivores Dilemma.

    The situation is grim
    Today the Washington Post reports that in four months, the U.S. Federal Reserve Board rejected nearly 300 shipments of foodstuffs from China to the States. The would-be importers did not always despair, though: some of the adulterated "foods" tried more than once to breach the American border, the Post reports. Dried apples that were preserved with a carcinogenic chemical, frozen fish featuring not only ice but banned antibiotics, and "mushrooms laced with illegal pesticides" were on the list of delicacies aimed for the American palate, courtesy of corporate China, says the Post. Salmonella in imported pepper corns has been found too, though to be fair, Canada also had that problem with spices imported from India. Nor is that all. Panama was horrified to discover that its people are brushing their teeth with deadly toothpaste, branded Mr. Cool and Excel.

    Tainted oysters
    Rhode Island State health officials pulled oysters contaminated with norovirus off the shelves of two fish markets this week, directing customers not to eat any purchased from Bridgeport Seafood in Tiverton, while working with wholesaler American Mussel in North Kingstown to notify its outlets following a random test of the product from Quicksand Pond in Little Compton. The Department of Environmental Management announced that effective at sunrise Saturday it had closed eight other ponds and marshes for shellfishing due to the contamination. Within a day or two of swallowing the contaminated food, the norovirus infection can cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and stomach cramps, Department of Health officials said.

    Chicken Sausage recalled
    May 19, 2007 — About 35,600 pounds of raw chicken sausage products are being recalled by Kayem Foods Inc. of Chelsea, Mass., because they contain wheat, a potential allergen, without listing it as an ingredient.

    Huge US Beef Recall Due To E. Coli Fears PDF
    May 18th, 2007 in Health. 129,000 pounds of beef products recalled by Davis Creek Meats and Seafood due to E. Coli fearsDavis Creek Meats and Seafood, a Kalamazoo, Mich., establishment, is voluntarily recalling approximately 129,000 pounds of beef products, due to possible contamination with E. coli O157:H7, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced recently. The beef products were produced between March 1 and April 30, 2007, and were shipped to foodservice distribution centers and Marketplace stores in Arkansas, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin. The problem was discovered by Michigan Department of Community Health as part of an E. coli O157:H7 illness investigation. The recall includes boxes of mechanically tenderized steaks and ground beef of varying weights. Labels on the boxes bear the establishment number “Est. 1947A” inside the USDA mark of inspection and a date code (on the top right corner of the label) between “060” and “120.” Only products with those date codes are subject to recall. Each box also bears a net weight declaration and the message “Manufactured for Gordon Food Service” or “Distributed by Gordon Food Service.

    Tracking the source of Kalamazoo meat recall
    Davis Creek Meats and Seafood recalled the steaks and ground beef Friday after the Kalamazoo County Health Department made a startling discovery. The health department routinely gets reports from area hospitals when a patient comes down with a communicable disease. But two cases last month, within days of each other, raised serious concerns. Davis Creek Meats and Seafood buys processed meat and cuts it into steaks or patties. Gordon Food Service distributes the meat to its stores and restaurants across the country.

    Three US firms recall beef
    A Michigan firm is voluntarily recalling about 129,000 pounds of beef products due to possible contamination with E coli, according to a statement issued Friday by the United States Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). The beef products produced between March 1 and April 30 by Davis Creek Meats and Seafood, based out of Kalamazoo, Michigan, were shipped to foodservice distribution centers and Marketplace stores in Arkansas, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

    Food Additives Turn Out to be Worse Than Feared
    Parents have been warned to avoid artificial additives used in drinks, sweets and processed foods amid a link to behaviour problems in children. A study funded by the government's Food Standards Agency(FSA) is understood to have drawn a link with temper tantrums and poor concentration. There are also concerns about allergic reactions such as asthma and rashes. The findings are potentially explosive for the entire food industry, which faces the need to reformulate a vast array of children's products.

    The ready meal: uncovered
    The scandal that saw nearly 500 products swept from supermarket shelves left many of us deeply confused about the quality of what we eat. The crisis over the banned dye exposed how fancy food packaging can disguise hidden dangers. We take a look at the ultimate modern food phenomenon: the ready meal.

    Flavoring Suspected in Illness
    Ortiz, 44, is among a group of food-flavoring workers recently diagnosed with bronchiolitis obliterans, a rare and life-threatening form of fixed obstructive lung disease. Also known as popcorn workers lung, because it has turned up in workers at microwave-popcorn factories, the disease destroys the lungs. A transplant is the only cure. Since 2001, academic studies have shown links between the disease and a chemical used in artificial butter flavor called diacetyl. Flavoring manufacturers have paid out more than $100 million as a result of lawsuits. No federal laws regulate the chemical's use.

    Farm-Raised Fish Given Tainted Food
    The tainted Chinese ingredient that was incorporated into U.S. pet food and later made its way into chicken and pig feed was neither wheat gluten nor rice protein as advertised, but was seriously contaminated wheat flour, government investigators said yesterday. The finding adds a new layer of fraud to an already seamy tale of international deception. Some of the contaminated flour was mixed into fish food in Canada and exported to the United States, where it was fed to fish raised for human consumption.

    China's toxic syrup a global killer
    A SYRUPY poison, diethylene glycol, is an indispensable part of the modern world, an industrial solvent and prime ingredient in antifreeze. It is also a killer. And the deaths, if not intentional, are often no accident. The kidneys fail first. Then the central nervous system begins to misfire. Paralysis spreads, making breathing difficult, then often impossible without assistance. In the end, most victims die. Many of them are children, poisoned at the hands of their unsuspecting parents.

    20 Million US Chickens Linked With Toxic Contaminant
    20 million chickens currently on United States farms states may have been fed contaminated feed. The US Agriculture Department says it is still establishing how long contractors have been using the bad feed, contaminated with pet food that contained the industrial chemical melamine. Which states have chicken producers affected by the hold will be announced later, Williams said. State agriculture officials as well as chicken manufacturers were being contacted as the agencies determine the extent of the problem, he said, adding that many farms in several states probably were involved. ...STORY DEVELOPING

    American food supply at risk
    The pet food crisis is forcing Americans to face a stomach-wrenching fact: The human food supply is little or no better protected than food for our dogs and cats. That's true even of domestic products, as we learned from the spinach contamination in September, but even more so of imports from countries with lower food safety standards. Who should be worried? Only those planning to continue eating. The average American eats about 260 pounds of imported foods a year, according to reports. Fruits, vegetables, coffee, flours, processed food, oils and spices are all being imported at record rates. The least the FDA can do is insist that food suppliers inform American consumers when they are digesting products that contain ingredients from other nations.

    Millions of People Have Eaten Contaminated Chicken ?
    It's impossible not to be concerned about the exploding story of deadly pet food, and way more importantly, the now confirmed entry of the problem into our own food chain. CNN is reporting this evening that as many as 2.5 million people may have recently eaten chickens that were fed with contaminated feed. And the more I read about the melamine tainted wheat gluten issue, the more I'm realizing that the FDA is dealing with the potential enormity of this disaster about as effectively as FEMA dealt with Katrina. More than 5,300 food products have been recalled so far.

    Dying Bees Threaten Food Supply
    Your grocery bill could be getting larger, because honey bees are mysteriously dying off. The bees pollinate about one third of the foods we eat every day, such as apples, cherries, and broccoli. They also pollinate alfalfa sprouts for cattle. That means our supply of fruits, veggies and meat could go down, and prices could go up.

    Possible fecal contamination leads to beef recall
    A Greene beef processor is voluntarily recalling about 1,900 pounds of beef products Thursday after state inspectors found fecal matter on machinery used in the processing of the meat.

    Chickens Fed Tainted Pet Food
    The Agriculture Department and the Food and Drug Administration said in a joint statement that officials learned of the link between the chicken feed and tainted pet food as part of the investigation into imported rice protein concentrate and wheat gluten that have been found to contain the industrial chemical melamine and related compounds. An estimated 30 broiler poultry farms and eight breeder poultry farms in Indiana received contaminated feed in early February and fed it to poultry within days of receiving it. Other farms will probably be identified as having received contaminated feed, they added. [Editor: Many more health risks to the human food chain continue to exist. We advise our readers to seek out local, organic farmers for all you dietary needs. Click here to search.]

    Hogs that ate tainted feed in human food supply
    Several hundred of the 6,000 hogs that might have eaten contaminated pet food are believed to have entered the food supply for humans, the government said Thursday. Salvaged pet food from companies known or suspected of using tainted ingredients was shipped to hog farms for use as feed. A poultry feed mill in Missouri, also received possibly contaminated pet food scraps left over from production. [Editor: Many more health risks to the human food chain continue to exist. We advise our readers to seek out local, organic farmers for all you dietary needs. Click here to search.]

    Pet Food Recalls and The Bigger Food Safety Picture
    Uncontrolled distribution of low-quality, imported food ingredients is a great threat to US public health. The US has very little direct, hands-on control over our pet food industry. Incidents like the recent events probably will continue to happen until the US effectively overhauls our food safety programs. FDA appears to be some 30 years behind as they use pre-global economy border food inspection strategies in our new global economy world of massive international food trade from many countries with food safety standards much lower than ours. Unscrupulous people know that adding the industrial chemical, melamine to food products and ingredients can make that food product and ingredient test as having a higher protein content. Billions of dollars' worth of foreign ingredients that Americans eat in everything from salad dressing to ice cream get a pass from overwhelmed FDA inspectors, despite a rising tide of these imports from countries with spotty food safety records.

    Genetically Modified Alfalfa Tested in Court
    A federal judge has halted the planting or sale of genetically engineered alfalfa. He's expected to hear arguments Friday about whether the ban should stay in place while the government carries out a lengthy environmental study. The debate will focus on the likelihood that bees will carry human-modified genes from one field of alfalfa to another.

    Stupak-led panel shines spotlight on food safety
    Families victimized by tainted spinach and peanut butter put a human face on recent high-profile outbreaks of foodborne illness Tuesday, urging lawmakers to strengthen federal oversight of the nation's food supply.

    Michigan Bans Importation of Wisconsin Hogs
    LANSING - Effective immediately, Michigan Department of Agriculture (MDA) Director Mitch Irwin is banning the importation of Wisconsin hogs due to an outbreak of Pseudorabies Virus (PRV) in that state. Testing this week by the National Veterinary Services Laboratories confirmed PRV in a swine herd in Clark County, Wisconsin.

    Michigan Food at Risk
    A new study says there aren't enough inspectors checking the food that makes it to your dinner table. State officials admit more needs to be done to examine all the food that comes into Michigan. Foods from around the world are entering our homes without a passport or a second look. We're eating more imported foods than ever before and it's overwhelming the nation's food inspectors. [Editor: It is important to note that nearly all of the food problems are related to "Factory Farm" and agri-corporation food production. It is time to support your local organic farmer.]

    Harris Teeter: ice cream recall
    Harris Teeter grocery stores issued a recall Tuesday for an ice cream brand containing wheat flour, which some people may be allergic to. The item is Hunter Homemade Chocolate Satisfaction Ice Cream with the UPC number 7433660047. It does not say on the package that it contains wheat flour. Anyone who bought the product can return it for a full refund plus replacement with a similar item, according to a Harris Teeter news release. For more information, call ( 800) 432-6111.

    Humans at Risk for Tainted Food
    Federal officials confirmed Thursday they are investigating whether pork products intended for humans are contaminated with the same industrial chemical that prompted a massive pet food recall and sickened cats and dogs nationwide.

    Recall on Ground Beef Health Risk High
    107,943 pounds of frozen ground beef products are being recalled, because it may be contaminated with E. coli, from Richwood Meat Co, Inc., Merced, California.

    Cadbury charged over salmonella recall
    Cadbury charged over salmonella recallConfectionery maker Cadbury Schweppes faces legal action after a salmonella outbreak forced it to recall one million chocolate bars

    N.C. hog farm quarantined
    A farm in western North Carolina has been quarantined after a chemical blamed for more than a dozen pet deaths was found in its hogs, state officials said Wednesday. The farm received a shipment of contaminated feed last week, said Mary Ann McBride, assistant state veterinarian for the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. State officials took urine samples from 13 hogs, and all tested positive for melamine, a chemical used to make plastics and foam, McBride said. The farm, which wasn't identified, has about 1,400 hogs. Officials were trying to determine whether livestock at factory farms in other states have consumed the contaminated feed.

    Fish processor escapes closure, for now
    A seafood processor has avoided closure followings its agreement with the national regulator to integrate required food safety procedures into its operations. The agreement demonstrates that processors must comply with hygiene regulations or risk closure. It also shows that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is prepared to work with companies to ensure they meet the required standards. Minneapolis-based Worldwide Fish & Seafood - trading as Coastal Seafood - was facing possible closure after the FDA filed a lawsuit at Minnesota's federal court in November 2006 against the company for violations of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act.

    Do Hormones Given to Milk Cows Make Them Unsafe?
    About a third of American dairy cows are injected with rBGH. rBGH is controversial, due to potential health hazards to both cows and humans. According to the Center for Food Safety (and supported by a 2003 study published in the Canadian Journal of Veterinary Research), cows treated with rBGH suffer a 50 percent greater incidence of lameness (leg and hoof problems), 25 percent more udder infections (mastitis), and serious reproductive problems including infertility, cystic ovaries, fetal loss and birth defects. Such animal health issues can sometimes translate into human ones, as antibiotics used to fight infection can find their way into milk, affecting our disease-resistance. Also, animals given rBGH produce more insulin growth factor-1 (IGF-1). Studies, says the Organic Consumers Association (OCA), have linked high levels of IGF-1 in humans who consume rBGH milk with breast, prostate, colon and other cancers. This suggests that our natural defenses against early cancerous cells may be blocked by IGF-1. Many nations have banned rBGH, including all 25 European Union nations, Japan, Australia, New Zealand and Canada. [Editor: American's remain laboratory rats for the corporations that profit from these mad scientific experiments.]

    FDA was aware of dangers to food
    The Food and Drug Administration has known for years about contamination problems at a Georgia peanut butter plant and on 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. Congressional critics and consumer advocates said both episodes show that the agency is incapable of adequately protecting the safety of the food supply.

    U.S. food safety strained by imports
    The same food safety net that couldn't catch poisoned pet food ingredients from China has a much bigger hole. Billions of dollars' worth of foreign ingredients that Americans eat in everything from salad dressing to ice cream get virtually no attention from overwhelmed inspectors. That's what the Associated Press has discovered in reviewing federal trade and food data. Before contaminated shipments from China killed 16 cats and dogs and sickened thousands more, government food safety task forces worried about the potential human threat. That's because ingredients are hard to quarantine and can go virtually everywhere in a range of brand products. Because these oils, spices, flours, gums and the like haven't been blamed for killing humans, it's buyer beware. And as the pet deaths showed, that system is far from secure.

    Settlements reached in spinach E. coli outbreak
    The California farm that grew the spinach linked to last year’s national E. coli outbreak, and the two companies that processed and marketed it, have settled lawsuits with the families of three women who died, two of whom had not been included in the official death toll. The attorney for the three families said Mission Organics, Natural Selection Foods and the Dole Food Co. agreed late last month to confidential settlements in the deaths of Ruby Trautz, 81, of Bellevue, Neb.; Betty Howard, 83, of Richland, Wash.; and June Dunning, 86, of Hagerstown, Md.

    E. Coli Scare Prompts Beef Recall
    A Pennsylvania company is recalling 259,230 lbs of beef due to fears of E. coli contamination A Pennsylvania company is recalling 259,230 lbs of beef due to fears of E. coli contamination A Pennsylvania beef company is recalling more than 259,230 lbs of beef products over fears of possible E. coli O157:H7 contamination, according to the U.S. Agriculture Department who have recently released a statement.

    Scientists want to put hormones in baby food
    Scientists are currently studying the prospect of adding leptin to baby and children's foods as part of the solution to obesity. Concerns have been raised over the repercussions of tampering with babies' brains - essentially programming them not to overeat.

    Pet Food Recall Expands To Human Food
    The broadening global pet food contamination scandal has spread to human food. Now it has done so and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has opened a criminal investigation after reports that more than 100 hogs were given contaminated food and later wound up on dinner tables.

    Pet Food Contaminant May Be In Human Food
    A hazardous chemical blamed for killing thousands of pets across the U.S. may have found its way into the human food chain. The contaminated ingredient is a rice protein concentrate which came from several companies in China. It was supplied to the hog farm - and possibly to other livestock farms and ranches.

    Botulism scare
    Consumers are warned about two separate food contamination scares, one involving meat infected with botulism and the second being salmonella-contaminated lettuce. The government food watchdog issued the alert yesterday after batches of venison and lettuce failed to meet safety guidelines. The meat, which has now been withdrawn from sale, has the business approval code of AD002. The beef batch has a use-by date of May 9, 2007 while the venison batch has a use-by date of June 9, 2007.

    Frozen Ground Beef Patties Recalled
    After five children in Napa Country (USA) became infected with E. coli after eating hamburgers at Little League baseball snack shacks, authorities have recalled approximately 100,000 pounds of frozen ground beef patties in five states. The patties were produced in April-May 2006, by Merced-based Richwood Meat Co. Inc, and are to be found in California, Arizona, Idaho, Oregon and Washington

    Criminal Probe Opened
    The Food and Drug Administration has opened a criminal investigation in the widening pet food contamination scandal, officials said yesterday, as it was confirmed that tainted pork might have made its way onto human dinner plates in California. More than 100 hogs that ate contaminated food at a custom slaughterhouse in California's Central Valley were sold to private individuals and to an unnamed licensed facility in Northern California during the past 2 1/2 weeks. The hogs consumed feed that contained rice protein tainted with melamine, the industrial chemical that has sickened and killed dogs and cats around the world. Five companies received the contaminated Chinese rice protein concentrate. Three firms have identified themselves by announcing recalls; the other two are not publicly known because the FDA will not name them until the companies say they used contaminants in their products.

    Aspartame a Popular Artifical Sweetener Confirmed to be Cancer Causing
    Aspartame, the artificial sweetener made by Searle/Monsanto was found to cause cancer in laboratory animals already in the original studies that were submitted to the FDA when approval was asked to put it on the market. The justified doubts of the FDA's scientists were overridden when Donald Rumsfeld called in his political markers. Another study conducted in Spain by Trocho et al came to similar results, identifying a transformation of parts of the molecule into formaldehyde as a probable cause. Later, a study of the European Ramazzini Foundation confirmed the sweetener's carcinogenicity in laboratory rats and seriously questioned its safety. But industry, through the European Food Safety Authority, succeeded in diverting attention from the damaging findings, calling them an artifact of the study's design. Now, a new, long-term study on Aspartame has been completed giving lower dosages but confirming, once again, the carcinogenicity of the sweetener.

    Genetically Modified Potato Controversy - A case with disturbing implications
    Two years after the release of the first GM plant, the FLAVR - SAVR tomato in the USA in 1995, there was still not a single publication in peer-reviewed journals probing into the safety of GM foods. As this was of public and scientific concerns..the Scottish Office Agriculture, Environment and Fisheries Department (SOAEFD, as it was called then) called for research proposals to investigate the safety of GM foodcrops; their possible effects on the environment, soil, microorganisms, animals, and whether they presented any risks for human consumers. [Editor: the majority of food sold for human consumption in the United States is Genetically Modified, in spite of the fact most other countries around the world ban such foods due to their potential health risks. American corporations that profit from the production of these foods employ powerful lobbyists to suppress consumer protections.]

    FDA Warns of Botulism Risk for Imported Olives
    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is alerting consumers to possible serious health risks from eating olives that may be contaminated with a deadly bacterium, Clostridium botulinum. C. botulinum can cause botulism, a potentially fatal illness. The olives are made by Charlie Brown di Rutigliano & Figli S.r.l, of Bari, Italy and are being recalled by the manufacturer. Repackagers who have sold the olives under different brand names or who have used them in manufacturing other foods must immediately alert the FDA. In addition, all restaurants, delicatessens, and other food-service providers should dispose of their opened containers and contact suppliers for instructions about how to handle unopened containers. The olives are sold under the following brands: Borrelli, Bonta di Puglia, Cento, Corrado's, Dal Raccolto, Flora, Roland and Vantia, and have codes that start with the letter "G" and are followed by 3 or 4 digits. All sizes of cans, glass jars and pouches of Cerignola, Nocerella and Castelvetrano type olives are affected.

    Listerine Recalls Agent Cool Blue Mouthwash
    McNeil-PPC’s recall of every bottle of its Listerine Agent Cool Blue could mean the end for what had been a very promising brand for the company. The recall, announced late last week, involves all of the approximately four million bottles of the children’s plaque-detecting rinse manufactured since its introduction last year. In a press release, the company said it was issuing the recall because “the preservative system is not adequate against certain microorganisms.”

    Less Than 2 Percent Of Imported Food Inspected For Safety From Contamination
    Only 1.3 percent of imported foods, including fish, vegetables, fruit, butter, milk, ice cream and other foods are inspected. Despite that, the list of food exports that turn out to be unfit for human consumption includes beans from Belgium, peppers from Peru, blackberries from Guatemala, baked goods from Canada, India and the Philippines, for example. And even before the case of contaminated wheat gluten from China for pet food got through, food inspectors at American ports rejected Chinese exports for humans that included peas full of pesticide, catfish full of drugs, filthy plums and crawfish contaminated with salmonella.

    Food Contamination: A Time for Action
    A new report published last week by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveals a 50 percent increase in E coli infections since 2004, and a monstrous 78 percent increase in Vibrio infections - caused by eating raw shellfish - over the past decade. The center estimates that 76 million Americans get sick and 5,000 die from foodborne hazards each year in the United States. That's 5,000 deaths too many, and it cries out for immediate attention form government and industry. Admittedly, it might be a little optimistic to call for the complete eradication of all contamination cases, but there is certainly room for much improvement. In the last six months, there have been huge outbreaks associated with spinach, lettuce, tomatoes and peanut butter, and consumer groups are not just ranting when they say that people's confidence in the safety of the food supply has been severely shaken. And the case of ConAgra's peanut butter salmonella contamination has also hit the firm hard. Although ConAgra doesn't reveal the full impact of the infection on its business, a rough guess points to significant losses. For the recall alone, the firm said it expected to fork out up to $60m. Add to that the complete halt of production of its Peter Pan peanut butter - produced exclusively at the affected plant in Sylvester, Georgia - for a good six months, and the numbers start climbing.

    New Report on Food-Borne Illnesses
    The CDC today released its preliminary 2006 food-borne illness data. A total of 17,252 confirmed cases of food-borne illness were reported in those states in 2006, according to the CDC.

    Center for Disease Control releases report on food borne illnesses for 2006
    Foodborne illnesses are a substantial health burden in the United States (1). The Foodborne Diseases Active Surveillance Network (FoodNet) of CDC's Emerging Infections Program collects data from 10 U.S. states* regarding diseases caused by enteric pathogens transmitted commonly through food. FoodNet quantifies and monitors the incidence of these infections by conducting active, population-based surveillance for laboratory-confirmed illnesses (1). This report describes preliminary surveillance data for 2006 and compares them with baseline data from the period 1996--1998. Incidence of infections caused by Campylobacter, Listeria, Shigella, and Yersinia has declined since the baseline period. Incidence of infections caused by Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli O157 (STEC O157) and Salmonella, however, did not decrease significantly, and Vibrio infections have increased, indicating that further measures are needed to prevent foodborne illness and achieve national health objectives.

    Fast food increasing health risks in teenagers
    A new study has confirmed that the poor food intake pattern of teenagers is increasingly leaving them vulnerable to health risks like obesity, as well as psychosocial and other health-related problems such as diabetes.

    China's Food Exports Spark Fears
    The list of Chinese food exports rejected at American ports reads like a chef's nightmare: pesticide-laden pea pods, drug-laced catfish, filthy plums and crawfish contaminated with salmonella. Yet it took a much more obscure item, contaminated wheat gluten, to focus U.S. public attention on a very real and frightening fact: China's chronic food safety woes are now an international concern. "This really shows the risks of food purity problems combining with international trade," said Michiel Keyzer, director of the Center for World Food Studies at Amsterdam's Vrije Universiteit.

    Lawsuits Filed After Peanut Butter Recall
    Lawsuits have been filed after people fell ill from eating peanut butter contaminated with salmonella. Peter Pan and Great Value peanut butter brands with product codes beginning with 2111 were recalled after officials discovered they were contaminated with salmonella. The outbreak made almost 300 people ill, although a firm in Seattle has reported that they have been contacted by almost 2,500 people regarding the lawsuit. Salmonella can cause nausea and diarrhea but usually clears up within a week. If you or a loved one have become sick after eating Peter Pan or Great Value peanut butter, please contact a [Peanut Butter] lawyer who will evaluate your claim at no charge.


    Recall shows peanut butter riskier than previously thought
    This year's salmonella outbreak revealed peanut butter is riskier than health officials had thought. Now the Food and Drug Administration says it will increase the frequency of investigations at plants that make peanut butter and similar products. Peter Pan and Great Value peanut butter (ConAgra Foods), is currently being recalled after health officials linked the product to a salmonella outbreak that has sickened more than 400 people nationwide. Doctor David Acheson is the chief medical officer of the FDA's Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition. He says peanut butter will almost certainly move up the list of high-risk foods, and the agency bases its inspection schedule on the relative risk of foods.

    Peanut Butter Warnings
    The Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers not to eat certain jars of Peter Pan peanut butter or Great Value peanut butter due to risk of contamination with Salmonella. ConAgra Foods Inc. told consumers to discard jars of Peter Pan and Great Value peanut butter with the product code number beginning with "2111", after the spread was linked to a salmonella outbreak that has sickened almost 300 people nationwide.

    Salmonella found in the ConAgra Plant affecting Peanut Butter
    As a follow-up to the recent Salmonella outbreak linked to peanut butter, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is conducting an extensive inspection of ConAgra's Sylvester, Georgia processing plant. Samples collected by the FDA revealed the presence of Salmonella. The fact that FDA found Salmonella in the plant environment further suggests that the contamination likely took place prior to the product reaching consumers. Last week, tests by several states identified Salmonella in many open jars of Peter Pan and Great Value peanut butter recovered from consumers. In these instances, the Salmonella found in the plant and in the open jars matched the outbreak strain recovered from consumers who became ill.

    Law firm files class-action suit in Peter Pan case
    A Brentwood-based law firm has filed what the attorneys say is the nation’s first class-action lawsuit for people who got sick after eating Peter Pan peanut butter contaminated with salmonella bacteria. The suit, filed Feb. 16 in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee, claims “injury and damages from human ingestion of peanut butter,” according to a release issued by Craft & Sheppard PLC, which also has offices in Columbia and Murfreesboro. The suit claims ConAgra breached its responsibility to provide a product that “was fit and safe for human consumption,” the attorney said.

    Allergy Alert Issued Due To Undeclared Sulfites In Healthy California Mix And Raisin Nut Mix
    Energy Club Inc. is recalling their Healthy California Mix, packaged in 4 ounce and 7 ounce pillow bags with header labels, and Raisin Nut Mix, packaged in 3 ounce and 7.25 ounce pillow bags with header labels. The bags were sold primarily through various convenience stores nationwide, due to the presence of undeclared sulfites. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to sulfites run the risk of serious or life threatening allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) if they ingest 10 milligrams or more of sulfites per serving.

    Childrens cough medicine recalled
    The following Mucinex children's cough medicines were removed because of a product overdose potential due to markings on the dosing cup: • Mucinex Children's Expectorant, 4 oz., 03-63824-17364. • Mucinex Children's Cough 4 oz. 03-63824-17464. This recall does not affect any other Mucinex products. Customers with questions should call the Adams Respiratory Therapeutics recall line at 800-287-1584.

    Tainted wheat gluten found in U.S. food plants
    The tainted wheat gluten that triggered a massive pet food recall also ended up in processing plants that prepare food consumed by people, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said. According to import records, the wheat gluten was shipped to the United States from China between Nov. 3 and Jan. 23 and contained "minimal labeling" to indicate whether it was intended for humans or animals. ...STORY DEVELOPING

    Contaminated Gluten in Human Food?
    According to David Goldstein of the Huffington Post, a Del Monte spokesperson wrote a reply to an e-mail query in which she says "Yes, it is food grade." David Goldstein has more: 'Wheat gluten is sold in both "food grade" and "feed grade" varieties. Either may be used in pet food, but only "food grade" gluten may be used in the manufacture of products meant for human consumption. Published reports have thus far focused on tainted pet food, but if the gluten in question entered the human food supply through a major food products supplier and processor, it could potentially contaminate thousands of products and hundreds of millions of units nationwide. Stephen F. Sundlof, director of the Food and Drug Administration's Center for Veterinary Medicine said the FDA is not aware of any contaminated gluten that went into human food but said he could not confirm this "with 100 percent certainty."' Wheat gluten, a common food additive, is used as a thickener, dough conditioner, and even as a substitute for meat. It is a common additive in commercial bakery items and special purpose flours. ...STORY DEVELOPING

    Toxic Substance Causing Pets to Die May Be Found In Human Food as Well
    The FDA announced today that it has traced the contaminated wheat gluten to a single processor, Xuzhou Anying Biological Technology of Peixian, China, but has not released the name of the U.S. distributor who supplied the product. Public statements have indicated that the contaminated gluten was distributed by a single U.S. company, but since the FDA refuses to name the supplier. Del Monte Foods has confirmed that the melamine-tainted wheat gluten was supplied as a "food grade" additive, raising the likelihood that contaminated wheat gluten could have entered the human food supply. [Editor: It is immoral and unethical to protect a large U.S. corporation at the expense of you and I. Also, there is no mention in most media of the fact that the U.S. has been unloading GMO (contaminated) gluten on the rest of the world for years now. If you are not outraged, you are not paying attention!]

    Monsanto GMO (Genetically Modified Organism) corn causes liver, kidney problems
    Environmental group Greenpeace launched a fresh attack on genetically modified maize developed by U.S. biotech giant Monsanto, saying on Tuesday that rats fed on one version developed liver and kidney problems. Greenpeace said a study it had commissioned that was published in the journal Archives of Environmental Contamination and Technology showed rats fed for 90 days on Monsanto’s MON863 maize showed “signs of toxicity” in the liver and kidneys. “It is the first time that independent research, published in a peer-reviewed journal, has proved that a GMO authorized for human consumption presents signs of toxicity,” Arnaud Apoteker, a spokesman for Greenpeace France said in a statement.

    GMO (Genetically Modified Organism) Issue in Recalled Pet (and Human) Food?
    The tainted ingredient in the recalled pet food was reportedly wheat gluten. Using GM technology to enhance wheat gluten content has been a hot research area since at least the late '90s. The toxic contaminant(s) apparently include melanine, a trimer of cyanamide. The toxic tryptophan scandal of 15 years ago may have involved the unexpected dimerization of tryptophan under conditions of GMO-enhanced concentrations in modified bacteria.

    What is Melamine
    Melamine is a synthetic polymer which is fire resistant and heat tolerant. Melamine is a very versatile material with a highly stable structure. Uses for melamine include whiteboards, floor tiles, kitchenware, fire retardant fabrics, and commercial filters. Melamine can be easily molded while warm, but will set into a fixed form. This property makes it ideally suited to certain industrial applications. Melamine is manufactured by mixing urea with formaldehyde under heat and pressure. The substances begin to polymerize and are forced into a mold which will create the desired shape. Under pressure, melamine releases water, which could make the plastic unstable if it is not removed. The materials finish polymerizing and create a finished product, melamine. Melamine is known as a thermoset plastic, because the plastic is fixed after molding. If exposed to enough heat, melamine will melt. For this reason, melamine dishware should not be exposed to high temperatures like those in the oven and microwave. However, the plastic is able to withstand higher temperatures than other plastics. Because it is a thermoset plastic, melamine is difficult to recycle.

    Spinach E. coli traced to Salinas area ranch
    The contaminated spinach that sickened hundreds of people and led to an unprecedented nationwide recall last fall was traced to a 50-acre field at a cattle ranch east of Salinas, according to a report by state and federal investigators released today. The most likely source is water which runs through the ranch and carrys manure from cattle fed [genetically modified feed which may by law contain diseased animal waste]

    Another Concept of Animals...

    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 creature through the glass of his knowledgeand 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, and greatly err.For the animal shall not be measured by man.In a world older and more complete, gifted with extensions 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 splendour and travail of the earth.

    From the Outermost House by Henry Beston.
    Distributed by All Creatures Animal Caring Society,
    2006. P.O. Box 3664 / San Rafael, CA 94912



    Pet Food Recalls

    The FDA said it has already gotten more than 10,000 complaints of pet food sickening or even killing dogs and cats, and now it seems there is a chance the contamination may have affected more than just wet food.

    Take Your Pet to the Veterinarian Immediately if it is Exhibiting Any of the Following Symptoms

    • If it stops eating,
    • If it appears weaker than normal,
    • If it appears tired, lifeless or lethargic,
    • If it has excessive thirst,
    • If it urinates more than usual,
    • If it experiences vomiting or diarrhea,
    • If it appears to have abdominal pain.

    Foods Toxic to Your Dog
    According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, these foods are not safe for petsCLICK HERE FOR PRINTABLE LIST (pdf)

    American Nutrition Inc. (800) 257-4530
    Authority – (866) 738-7375
    Award – (866) 738-7375
    Blue Buffalo Co. – (800) 919-2833
    Del Monte Pet Product Recall
    Drs. Foster and Smith – (800) 381-7179 (www.drsfostersmith.com)
    Eukanuba – (800) 882-1591 (www.eukanuba.com)
    Great Choice – (866-) 38-7375
    Hills/Science Diet – (800) 445-5777 (www.hillspet.com)
    Iams – (800) 882-1591 (www.iams.com)
    Mars http://www.petcare.mars.com/
    Menu Food Cat Food Recall – (866) 463-6738 (www.menufoods.com)
    Menu Foods Dog Food Recall – (866) 463-6738 (www.menufoods.com)
    Mighty Dog – (800) 778-7462 (www.purina.com)
    Mixables – (303) 768-8400 (www.varietypetfoods.com)
    Natural Balance – (800) 829-4493 (naturalbalanceinc.com)
    Royal Canin – (800) 592-6687 (www.royalcanin.us)
    Sierra Pet Products LLC (800) 808-1664
    SmartPak – (800) 326-0282 (www.smartpakcanine.com)
    Sophisticat – (866) 738-7375
    Wegmans (866) 895-2708
    Western (604) 888-2079, ext. 2200

    Pet Owners Cheer Pet Food Indictments
    February 8, 2008—Pet owners across the country applauded the indictmen of two Chinese companies -- and an American importer and its owners -- for their alleged roles in intentionally manufacturing and distributing melamine-tainted wheat gluten that was used to make dog and cat food.

    Cause of Pet Death's Finally Solved
    Veterinarians say the mystery behind the deaths of dogs and cats across the country that ate tainted pet food earlier this year has been solved. They blame the deaths on the combination of two chemicals: melamine and cyanuric acid. Melamine is used to make plastic. Cyanuric acid is used to chlorinate pools. Neither is approved for use in pet food. Those two chemicals -- which FDA officials discovered in the imported wheat gluten and rice protein concentrated use to make pet food -- can combine and form crystals in the animals’ bodies, the veterinarians say

    Pain Killer in Pet Food
    It’s happened again. New laboratory tests have detected the pain killer acetaminophen in yet another brand of pet food, adding to the growing number of cases in which toxicologists at private labs have detected the over-the-counter pain medicine in dog or cat food.

    Pet Industry Agrees on Need for Toxicity Standards
    An Illinois pet owner -- worried about the safety of the chew toys her Shelties played with -- recently hired a laboratory at the Illinois Department of Agriculture to test 24 Chinese-made dog toys for lead.

    They are what they eat
    I had been told that in the basement of the animal-science laboratory building at the University of Illinois, Dr. George Fahey kept a colony of strange-looking dogs. At Fahey’s orders, each of the dogs had undergone a surgical procedure to string a length of tubing from its intestinal tract to a clear plastic spout that stuck out its side. Fahey, a professor of animal and nutritional sciences, could open a spout by hand, fill a bag with whatever happened to ooze out and calculate how much the dog had digested before whatever it had not digested could move farther through its body. Despite the emphasis on health, food for animals has long been prone to potentially lethal adulteration. In the 1920s and ’30s, industrial processing generated a number of newfangled carbohydrate byproducts that entered the food stream, and a terrible ailment known as canine hysteria began to torment dogs. “The animal behaves in a thoroughly panic-stricken manner,” noted a report by Food and Drug Administration scientists in 1948, “throwing itself against the sides of the cage, clawing the air and howling piteously. If unconfined, it will run wildly about bumping into all objects in its path.” In acute cases the disease culminated in convulsions and death, and the culprit turned out to be a chemical wheat-bleaching agent used in processing flour. Of course, there would have been no panic-stricken dogs if there had been no processed flour in their food, and no processed flour in their food if there had been no processed flour in human food.

    Why Is the Pet Food Industry Killing Our Pets?
    The commercial pet foods industry rakes in billions of dollars annually. In exchange for our dollars, we trust the companies to provide our pets with quality nutrition. The recent pet food recall demonstrated that our trust has been misplaced. But while many were shocked by the tragic deaths of beloved pets, many more would be shocked to know that the pet food industry has a long history of mistreating our pets. I first began researching the industry in 1990, when my two dogs became ill after eating a well-known commercial food. The first thing that came to light was the fact that the pet food industry is virtually self-regulated. The only requirement that the industry must meet is to adhere to the Labeling Act, which states that food must contain the name and address of the producing company, whether the product is intended for dogs or cats, the weight of the food, and the guaranteed analysis. The source of the protein included in the analysis can be anything: condemned material from slaughterhouses, road-kill, zoo animals and even euthanized companion animals. Of course, the industry denies all this, especially the use of dead dogs and cats in pet foods. However, a senior official from a large rendering conglomerate in the United States wrote to me, "I know of no rendering company in the U.S. that will segregate companion animals from the rest of the raw material they process."

    Food Pets Die For
    Pets in pet food? No, you say? Be assured that this is happening. Rendered companion animals are just another source of protein used in both pet foods and livestock feeds. Rendering is a cheap, viable means of disposal. Pets are mixed with other material from slaughterhouse facilities that has been condemned for human consumption - rotten meat from supermarket shelves, restaurant grease and garbage, "4-D" (dead, diseased, dying and disabled) animals, roadkill and even zoo animals [Summer '96 EIJ]. In 1990, John Eckhouse, a reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle, wrote a two-part exposé on the rendering of companion animals in California. While the pet food companies vehemently denied that this was happening, a rendering plant employee told Eckhouse that "it was common practice for his company to process dead pets into products sold to pet food manufacturers." Eckhouse's informant, upset that some of the most disturbing information was left out of the Chronicle article, subsequently brought his story to Earth Island Journal. (After the Journal published this insider's extensive report ["The Dark Side of Recycling," Fall 1990], the author placed a frantic call to the Journal to say that he was "going underground" because he feared for his safety.)

    Diamond Nutra Added to Recall List
    The pet food recall drumbeat sounded again today, with Nutra Nuggets lamb and rice dry dog food being pulled from the shelves. Diamond Pet Foods said it was recalling its Nutra Nuggets 40-pound bags of Lamb Meal and Rice Formula out of fears that they might have been cross-contaminated with melamine, an industrial chemical blamed for killing scores of pets nationwide. The company said its latest recall item was limited to bags with production codes of NLR0404A2SL, "Best Before" Oct. 9, 2008, and NLR0404B2SL, "Best Before" Oct. 9, 2008.

    Chenango dry pet food recall is expanded
    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced the expansion of a voluntary dry pet food recall initiated by Chenango Valley Pet Foods. The recall includes Doctors Foster & Smith lamb and brown rice adult dog food, Shop Rite Redi-Mix dog food, Lick Your Chops kitten and cat food, Shep Chunk Style dog food, 8 in 1 Ferret Ultra-Blend Advanced Nutrition Diet, Bulk Lamb & Brown Rice Formula dog food, Health Diet cat food chicken & rice dinner and Evolve Kitten Formula.

    Costco dog food added to pet food recall
    Kirkland-based Costco has announced the recall of one of its pet foods after the manufacturer announced that it contained rice protein that may be contaminated. American Nutrition says the rice protein concentrate in Costco's "Kirkland Signature Lamb and Rice canned dog food" may contain melamine, an industrial chemical that was found in other recently recalled pet foods. The chemical used to make plastics and fertilizers may be harmful to animals if eaten.

    Survey To Quantify Pet Deaths From Tainted Food
    A Michigan State University veterinary professor is launching a survey to better estimate how many cats and dogs died after eating tainted food and what, specifically, killed them.

    Three Nutro Wet Canned Cat Food Products Recalled
    May 2, 2007 –Menu Foods has announced an expansion of the pet food recall to include certain products that do not contain ChemNutra wheat gluten, but that were manufactured at Menu Foods' facilities during the period in which ChemNutra wheat gluten was being used. Menu Foods has expressed concerns of possible cross-contamination of certain products that were processed during the same timeframe as contaminated products. Three Nutro wet canned cat foods are included in this expanded recall even though these products do not contain wheat gluten or rice protein concentrate. Nutro dry pet foods are not manufactured by Menu Foods and are not impacted by this recall.

    Menu Foods Expands Recall List More Than 220 Products
    Over and over and over again Menu Foods has expanded its recall of contaminated pet food. Two months ago, Menu Foods of Canada initiated what has become the largest pet food recall in history, recalling nearly 100 brands of wet canned and pouched cat and dog food after it received reports that pets were dying from kidney failure due to the contaminated food. Since that time, 16 other firms have recalled pet food products and Menu Foods has expanded its recalled product list several time. Although just previously on Wednesday, Menu Foods widened its recall saying it had received information containing cross contamination, on Thursday Menu Foods again widened its recall list to add at least 220 more products. Menu appears to be adding to its list of recalled products frequently and pet owners are urged to check the recall lists at www.avma.org and www.menufoods.com.

    US pet food recall widens amid cross-contamination
    A major pet food recall has expanded again as manufacturer Menu Foods revealed evidence of cross-contamination by some cat and dog food pulled since March. The pet foods recalled late on Wednesday were made at the same facility at the same time as other Menu Foods products that contained wheat gluten tainted with the chemical melamine, the company said in statement. Menu Foods, which initiated a recall of 60 million packages of pet food on March 16, said the additional products were not supposed to contain wheat gluten, but a customer report and study results indicated cross-contamination. Since then, Menu Foods has expanded its recall several times.

    Wegmans wet cat food recalled
    One variety of Wegmans wet cat food is affected by today's recall expansion. The expansion includes cuts and gravy pet food, as well as other products that were not made with the contaminated wheat gluten supplied by ChemNutra Inc., but were manufactured during the period the chemical-laced gluten was used. The affected Wegmans product is the wet Beef and Gravy Cat Food, 3 oz., UPC # 7789076381. Customers should not feed this product to their pets and may return the food to Wegmans for a refund. Menu Foods has established a toll free number for customers with questions: 1-866-895-2708.

    Recall now includes Roundy's
    Menu Foods Inc. has expanded its extensive pet food recall to include one brand of Roundy's pet food sold at the Milwaukee grocer's stores throughout the Midwest.

    Product Recall - Selected Western Family Canned Cat & Dog Food
    Western Family's cat and dog food supplier, Menu Foods Income Fund, has expanded the voluntary recall of wet (canned and pouch) cat and dog food. Menu Foods makes pet food products sold under various national and private label brands, including Western Family brands sold in Canada.

    Schnucks pet food recall expanded
    Menu Foods announced Wednesday that it has expanded a recall on cans of Schnucks Select brand cat and dog food that may be contaminated with melamine.

    Dog foods -- 5.5 ounce turkey and gravy, UPC no. 41218-07108 -- 13.2 ounce beef liver cuts and gravy, UPC no. 41318-07118 -- 13.2 ounce country stew and gravy, UPC no. 41318-07123 -- 13.2 ounce chicken cuts and gravy, UPC no. 41318-07121 -- 22 ounce chopped beef, UPC no. 41318-07147 -- 22 ounce beef cuts and gravy, UPC no. 41318-07146
    Cat foods -- 3 ounce sliced tuna and gravy, UPC no. 41318-07087 -- 5.5 ounce sliced beef and gravy, UPC no. 41318-07099 -- 5.5 ounce chicken and gravy, UPC no. 41318-07102 All the recalled products have a sell-by date between Nov. 8, 2009, and March 7, 2010.

    Reports say pet food death toll exceeds 8,500 and growing
    Consumers have reported the deaths of as many as 8,500 dogs and cats as a result of tainted pet food, federal officials said Thursday. In the two months since dead pets led to a massive U.S. pet food recall, the Food and Drug Administration said about half of the calls to its hotline were from owners of deceased cats and dogs. Officials said the agency has not confirmed those reports, but added that the numbers of allegations likely will increase as it catches up with a backlog of calls reporting sick or dead animals.

    ASPCA: Pet Food Crisis Far From
    With Menu Foods yesterday greatly expanding its recall of pet food products due to new evidence of cross-contamination, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) has warned pet parents that this crisis is far from over, and urged them to watch their pets closely for any symptoms that may be related to the recall. “Given the fact that there is new evidence of cross-contamination in ingredients that may have been considered safe prior to this news, we need to be much more aware of where the ingredients in our pets’ food are coming from”, said Dr. Steven Hansen, a board-certified toxicologist and senior vice president with the ASPCA, who manages the ASPCA’s Animal Poison Control Center (APCC), located in its Midwest Office in Urbana, Ill. “We are strongly recommending that pet parents immediately investigate, via their pet food manufacturer’s Web site or by calling them directly, where the ingredients—specifically protein supplements—are sourced from.”

    China Has Been Spiking Cat & Dog Food All Along
    May 1, 2007—While Americans are panicked over the pet food recall - it has been revealed that China has been spiking dog and cat food all along. For years, producers of animal feed all over China have secretly supplemented their feed with the substance, called melamine, a cheap additive that looks like protein in tests, even though it does not provide any nutritional benefits, according to melamine scrap traders and agricultural workers here, reports the New York Times.

    More pet food products are recalled
    Apr 30, 2007—Four more U.S. pet food firms announced recalls of their products for fear they might be contaminated with a rice protein containing melamine. Natural Balance Pet Foods Inc., the Blue Buffalo Co., Sierra Pet Products LLC, and American Nutrition Inc. have recalled various products after determining a rice protein supplied by a Chinese company might have been contaminated with melamine -- a product used in plastics and fertilizer manufacturing. Sierra recalled all canned dog food, canned cat food and dog treats sold under its 'Harmony Farms' brand. No Harmony Farms dry dog or cat foods are involved. Blue Buffalo customers can contact the company at 800-919-2833, while Natural Balance customers can call 800-829-4493. American Nutrition officials can be reached at 800-257-4530 and Sierra (Harmony Farms) customers can contact the company at 800-808-1664.

    Smart Pak Canine recalls Weight Management formula
    Smart Pak Canine has issued a voluntary recall for its weight-loss pet food product. The Masachusettes-based company discovered its recent batch of LiveSmart Weight Management Formula may have been contaminated with melamine.

    American Nutrition, Inc. Responds to Criticism
    American Nutrition Inc.’s April 26, 2007 announcement of its voluntary recall of certain products that contain rice protein has prompted questions concerning the labeling of those products, and about whether or not American Nutrition engaged in deliberate wrong-doing.

    Recall of "Harmony Farms" Canned Pet Foods
    Sierra Pet Products, LLC Issues Nationwide Recall of "Harmony Farms" Canned Dog Foods, "Harmony Farms" Canned Cat Foods and "Harmony Farms" Dog Treats Manufactured at American Nutrition, Inc. The recall includes the following: All Cans of "Harmony Farms" dog food All Cans of "Harmony Farms" cat food All "Harmony Farms" dog treats NO HARMONY FARMS DRY DOG OR CAT FOODS SOLD IN BAGS ARE MANUFACTURED AT AMERICAN NUTRITION. NONE OF THESE DRY DOG OR CAT FOODS ARE INVOLVED IN THIS RECALL.

    Blue Buffalo Recall
    April 30, 2007—Blue Buffalo Company, Ltd, Wilton, CT, is initiating a nationwide recall of all canned dog foods sold under its "Blue" dog food brand, all canned cat food sold under its "Blue Spa Select" cat food brand, and all dog treats sold under its "Blue" dog food brand. The Company is taking this voluntary action after learning that the FDA has confirmed the presence of melamine, a substance not approved for use in food, in rice protein concentrate used by the contract manufacturer in the production of some of these products.

    Clues found in pet food deaths
    Researchers in specialized laboratories at the University of Guelph may have solved part of a chemical puzzle linked to Menu Foods' tainted pet food drama. Scientists at the university's labs believe they have established a link between chemicals found in contaminated pet food and urinary crystals found in pets that apparently died from eating the food. Both melamine and cyanuric acid were found in the tainted pet food. Taken alone, they are not particularly toxic, but together they may be deadly. "It takes us a little bit further down the road of understanding," he added. "But there could be other things implicated in this whole situation that everyone is unaware of at this point. It's too early to say."

    Will food ever be safe?
    What's a pet owner to do? You check the recall list and the product you feed your pet isn't there. So you keep using the same pet food. But then, as it has several times already, including late this week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announces an expansion of the recall list. With almost 5, 600 products listed, you search again. And your brand has been added.

    American Nutrition Now Part Of Pet Food Recall
    Pet Food Recall claimed another corporate victim On Friday. Diamond Pet Foods announced it was withdrawing a limited number of canned products manufactured by American Nutrition. American Nutrition Inc. became the final of five pet food companies that Wilbur-Ellis supplied with tainted rice protein to recall a variety of products, according to reports. The company notes that the recall is limited to three specific canned products: Diamond Lamb & Rice Formula for Dogs 13 oz. cans, Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover’s Soul Kitten Formula 5.5 oz. cans, and Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover’s Soul Puppy Formula 13 oz. cans. The products recalled were manufactured by American Nutrition for other independent companies, and American Nutrition brands were not part of the recall, the company said in a statement.

    Pet Food Recall Sparks New Safety Measures
    The Honest Kitchen announced today that while its products are not in any way adversely impacted or affected by the pet food recall, it has decided to take some proactive steps to protect, and prove the safety of the pet foods it produces. "At the Honest Kitchen, we strive to run our business with 100% accountability for everything we produce. All of our pet foods are made in a human food plant, with 100% human food grade ingredients. While we have no reason whatsoever to believe that there is any risk of contamination to the products we produce, we have decided to add melamine screening to the list of QC tests that are already conducted on every ingredient we purchase, to provide complete assurance of our products' safety," stated Lucy Postins, the company's lead nutritionist.

    FDA Searches Offices of Pet Food Maker, Supplier
    U.S. Food and Drug Administration officials on Friday searched the facilities of a pet food manufacturer and one of its suppliers in the continuing probe of contaminated dog and cat food products, theAssociated Pressreported. The officials searched an Emporia, Kan., pet food plant operated by Menu Foods and the Las Vegas offices of ChemNutra Inc., the news service said, citing information supplied by the companies.

    Pet food co. may have more than one supplier
    Apr 27, 2007—ChemNutra on Friday raised the possibility that it was not the only company to supply Menu Foods with wheat gluten, an ingredient linked to a U.S. pet food recall that includes more than 100 brands. The statement, which comes as ChemNutra said its offices in Las Vegas were searched by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, raises the possibility that the recall could widen further. Menu Foods has sued ChemNutra for damages and costs associated with the recall, according to the Associated Press. ChemNutra said that it believed Menu Foods used significantly more wheat gluten every month than the company provided. "We hope that Menu Foods will disclose its other sources to the FDA to ensure that any suspect product is quarantined," ChemNutra Chief Executive Steve Miller said.

    Chenango Valley Pet Foods Issues Recall
    Chenango Valley Pet Foods has begun voluntarily recalling pet foods manufactured with a certain shipment of rice protein concentrate, the company said Thursday. The company, working with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, was informed by Wilbur-Ellis that rice protein concentrate shipped to Chenango Valley Pet Foods may be contaminated with melamine. The following dry pet foods are involved in the recall: _Doctors Foster & Smith Chicken & Brown Rice Formula Adult Lite Dog Food. It was sold in containers with net weights of 5, 12.5 and 25 lbs. with code dates best used by Jan. 24, 2009, Feb. 8, 2009, Feb. 26, 2009, April 10, 2009, and April 17, 2009.
    _Doctors Foster & Smith Chicken & Brown Rice Formula Adult Lite Cat Food. It was sold in containers with net weights of 3 and 7 lbs. with a code date of best used by March 13, 2009.
    _Lick Your Chops Lamb Meal, Rice & Egg Cat Food in packages with a net weight of 4 lbs. and a code date best used by April 29, 2008.
    _Bulk Chicken & Brown Rice Formula Adult Lite Dog Food sold to one consignee, SmartPak, in a 2,000-pound tote with a ship date of Feb. 9, 2007. No illnesses or injuries have been reported to date. Pet owners who purchased the products should immediately discontinue using them and return them to the place of purchase for a full refund, company officials said. Pet owners also are advised to consult with a veterinarian if any health concerns with their pets arise. Consumers with questions may contact the company at: 610-821-0608.

    MSU Studies Pet Food Recall
    Pet owners across the country are on edge after last month's massive pet food recall but now, Michigan State University hopes to offer some comfort. A team of doctors is conducting a nationwide survey to find out how many animals have died or gotten sick because of the contaminated pet food. The MSU study is designed specifically for pathologists and veterinarians who come across sick pets. "There are animals that are unfortunately dying every day from kidney disease. And what we want to do is make sure when we're trying to figure out what the toxin is that we're only looking at the animal that died from this toxin and not the animal that may have died from anti-freeze poisoning," says MSU veterinarian, Dr. Dalen Agnew The online survey is scheduled to last at least a month and MSU hopes pet owners will find comfort in knowing the truth.

    Pet Food Recall Expanded-LiveSmart Weight Management Chicken And Brown Rice
    26-Apr-2007—Federal officials announced today that the pet food recall is expanding yet again, with a new company pulling dog food tainted with an industrial chemical off the market. SmartPak says on its Web site that it's recalling a single production run of LiveSmart Weight Management Chicken and Brown Rice Dog Food.

    Drs. Foster & Smith Recalled
    Adult Dry Lite Dog and Adult Dry Lite Cat Food From the Foster and Smith recalled. Rice protein concentrate has been indicated as a possible source of melamine recently found in pet food products. As a precautionary measure Wilbur-Ellis company, the supplier of rice protein concentrate, is voluntarily recalling all lots of rice protein concentrate. We received notification from the manufacturer today, April 25, 2007, suggesting we issue a precautionary recall. Two of our products: Adult Lite Dry Dog (Item #'s 14178, 14179, 14180, 14262, 14263) and Adult Lite Dry Cat foods (Item #'s 12855, 12856, 13864, 13865) contain rice protein concentrate. Only the Adult Lite Dry Dog and Adult Lite Dry Cat foods contain rice protein concentrate. Preliminary test results for melamine contamination have been negative. Final test results from the FDA are expected within two weeks. Please check the Adult Lite Dry Dog food or the Adult Lite Dry Cat food product pages on the DrsFosterSmith.com website for any updates.

    Pet owners can't let their guard down
    When the Menu Foods pet food recall was first announced back in mid-March, Corky Frost of Ypsilanti stopped feeding her four dogs Mighty Dog, one of the recalled foods. She tried another brand, but the new food was soon added to the recall, so she switched again - only to find out a week later that food had been recalled, too. Then on March 31, her 8-month-old pug mix puppy, Tequilla, started acting lethargic. Frost called her vet's office in the evening and left a message. Later that night Tequilla started vomiting and around 4 a.m. when Frost let her out to go to the bathroom, she collapsed. She died before the Frosts could get her to an emergency clinic.

    Survey Tracks Possible Cases of Pet Food Problems in Michigan
    An ongoing survey of Michigan veterinarians suggests cats and dogs from several parts of the state might have been sickened by potentially tainted pet food involved in national recalls. At least 33 cats and 13 dogs in the state that ate recalled pet food have died from suspected cases of kidney disease, according to the survey by the Michigan Veterinary Medical Association. Another 106 cats and 38 dogs were in various stages of kidney disease as of Tuesday.

    Many More Recalls Likely
    Apr 24, 2007—More than a month since the massive pet food recall, it still seems products are added to the list every few days. Ever since the FDA began recalling more than 60 million cat and dog food products on March 17, things have been turned upside down for pet owners, baffled over what food to buy their pets. Pet owners are learning that brand name and cost aren't enough to protect their pets from eating food poisoned with an industrial chemical used to make plastics. Hill's Science Diet, recommended by many veterinarians, and Iams, one of the best known brands among pet owners, have both had some of their products recalled. Two Senators have what they say is evidence that a second suspected importer of vegetable proteins might have introduced even more contaminated ingredients into the pet food industry, including the latest rice protein,(so far, this is wheat, corn and rice) and they are calling on the FDA to publicly identify the company, and the pet food companies which they say received the ingredients but haven't yet instituted a recall.

    Pet Food Recall: Tainted Cat & Dog Food Spreads
    Pet food recall now includes new ingredients. Between rice protein, wheat gluten, and corn gluten the pet food recall has been confusing to some pet owners. What is safe anymore? For now, it is being recommend that dog and cat lovers avoid pet foods with wheat gluten, corn gluten, and now recently rice protein -- all ingredients that have now been linked to contamination.

    Don't dump suspect contaminated pet food, vet association warns
    Pet owners must not dump food they fear may be contaminated with melamine because it might cause environmental damage or poison animals and people. Dumping it in the refuse bin could expose the environment to the toxin, which could lead to human or animal exposure. Return the food to the store or vet it was purchased from for proper disposal.

    New Pet Food Recalls
    The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) is advising the public that there have been new recalls, nationally and internationally, of pet foods contaminated with melamine from Chinese sources. The Blue Buffalo Company has recalled Spa Select Kitten dry food with the printed instructions “Best Used By Mar. 07 08 B.” Blue Buffalo received rice protein concentrate from Wilbur-Ellis, the same company that supplied this ingredient to Natural Balance. Subsequent testing indicated that the Blue Buffalo protein concentrate tested positive for melamine. Blue Buffalo announced that the majority of the almost 5,000 recalled bags had not reached consumers. The FDA said that a total of five pet food manufacturers received rice protein concentrate from Wilbur-Ellis - including Blue Buffalo and Natural Balance Pet Foods - and that they are withholding the names of the other three companies involved pending investigation into potential melamine contamination of each company’s pet foods.

    FDA Asks if Pet Food Tainted on Purpose
    Imported ingredients used in recalled pet food may have been intentionally spiked with an industrial chemical to boost their apparent protein content, federal officials said Thursday. That's one theory being pursued by the Food and Drug Administration as it investigates how the chemical, melamine, contaminated at least two ingredients used to make more than 100 brands of dog and cat foods. So far, melamine's been found in both wheat gluten and rice protein concentrate imported from China. Media reports from South Africa suggest a third pet food ingredient, corn gluten, used in that country also was contaminated with melamine. Chinese authorities have told the FDA that the wheat gluten was an industrial product not meant for pet food, Sundlof said. Still, melamine can skew test results to make a product appear more protein-rich than it really is, he added. That raises the possibility the contamination was deliberate.

    Pet food scare widens
    Blue Buffalo, of Wilton, Conn., said it was recalling all of its Spa Select Kitten dry food labeled "Best Used By Mar. 07 08 B. The reason for the recall: The foods are contaminated with melamine, an industrial chemical used to make plastics and fertilizers that can lead to illness or fatalities in animals if consumed. On Wednesday, Natural Balance Pet Foods, of Pacoima, Calif., recalled all its venison dog products and dry venison cat food after discovering they were contaminated with melamine. The company believes the melamine was in the rice protein concentrate. The FDA has received more than 15,000 reports of pet illnesses so far. The rice protein concentrate involved in this week's recall was imported by Wilbur-Ellis Co. of San Francisco from Binzhou Futian Biology Technology Co. Ltd. in China. Wilbur-Ellis told the FDA it had shipped the rice protein concentrate to five U.S. pet food manufacturers. The FDA declined to identify the manufacturers during the Thursday teleconference.

    Pet food recall expands; rice protein contaminated
    An industrial chemical that led to the nationwide recall of more than 100 brands of cat and dog food has turned up in a second pet food ingredient imported from China. The discovery expands the monthlong cascade of recalls to include more brands and varieties of pet foods and treats tainted by the chemical. "This has exposed that the safety standards for pet foods are not in place in any significant way and the kind of drumbeat, day after day, of recalls has shaken consumers" confidence in the pet food industry's adherence to food safety standards," said Wayne Pacelle, president and chief executive officer of the Humane Society of the United States.

    Menu Foods adds to pet food recall list
    Pet food maker Menu Foods said on Tuesday it added one additional dog food product to its recall list and two more production dates of eight varieties of tainted pet food.

    Menu Foods CFO Sold Half Of Shares Pre Pet Recall
    The chief financial officer of Menu Foods allegedly sold about half his shares in the pet cat and dog food maker only three weeks before a massive recall of its pet food products, according to reports. According to reports, CFO Mark Wiens reportedly sold 14,000 shares for $89,900 on Feb. 26 and Feb. 27. The shares have a worth of about $54,000 right now.

    Pet Food Recall Memorial March Planned
    A nationwide march is planned in response to the pet food recall tragedy that seems to grow by the day. The website for Pets Need a Voice Too, or PNV2 reports that the march will take place on April 28th, and states that “We are marching in memory of our pets…as pet owners, dog lovers, cat lovers and average citizens.” The April 28 march is set for the following cities, with others possibly added in the days ahead: Boston, Massachusetts; Reno, Nevada; Kitchener, Canada; Ottawa, Canada; Jacksonville, Oregon; Uniontown, Pennsylvania; Portland, Maine; San Diego, California; Orange County, California; and Austin, Texas.

    Natural Balance pet foods recalled
    The F-D-A says Natural Balance Pet Foods is recalling two kinds of pet food after getting reports of animals vomiting and experiencing kidney problems. The recall includes all date codes of Venison and Brown Rice Dry Dog Food and Venison and Green Pea Dry Cat Food. The company doesn't know the cause of the problem, but says it's focused on one particular lot.

    Senate warns pet owners on recall
    Cans of dog food and anecdotes about the family cat are usually out of place at Senate hearings, but that's what lawmakers talked about Thursday as the agriculture appropriations subcommittee examined the federal response to the ongoing nationwide recall of contaminated pet food. "The industry is highly regulated…but it's not effectively regulated," said veterinarian Elizabeth Hodgkins, who told lawmakers that loose safety regulations lull pet owners into a false sense of security . "We don't have products that are as safe as the labels suggest." "What's the connection between E. coli on spinach and contaminated pet food?" ... "Unfortunately it's the same broken food safety program." "Our pets are our companions, our soul mates, and our hedge against emotional turmoil—…when the FDA protects our pets, the FDA protects the health of millions of Americans as well."

    Vets Note Sicknesses Not Related To Recalled Food
    The pet food recall prompted pet owners to call their veterinarians when their pets got sick. And now instead of problems from the tainted food, owners and their vets are finding all sorts of other pet maladies. The doctors say they are seeing more cases of hypothyroidism, bladder disease, bladder stones, liver disease and even diabetes. "They are coming in. They're having lab work done, blood tests and urinalysis for slightly excessive thirst or slight urination," said Dr. Mike Hutchinson, of Animal General in Cranberry. Doctors say pet owners should continue to watch the pet food recall list. ...STORY DEVELOPING

    Michigan Woman Offers Vegetarian Dog Food
    Tykie's Long Life Dry Mix Blend Homemade Vegetarian Dog Food is made fresh daily in Tykie's Kitchen and is "A Natural Dog Food".

    Pet Cat & Dog Food Contaminated Intentionally?
    The larget pet food recall in history may have been intentionally caused, according to a new report. The FDA is reporting that it is a distinct possibility that pet cat and dog food linked to kidney failure was intentionally contaminated, reports WHAS.

    Three Dog Bakery Out, Just In Time, With New Pet Treats
    The bakery, which specializes in all-natural, oven-baked food and treats for dogs, seems to have timed it right. Three Dog Bakery had its new, healthier products in the pipeline long before the recalls began, says spokesperson Jeff Fromm. "Based on consumer research and palatability, and the no-added-gluten aspect, we felt this was a good time to come out with these new products."

    Tainted pet food-kidney illness link
    Cases of kidney failure among cats rose by 30 percent during the three months that pet food contaminated with an industrial chemical was sold, one of the nation‘s largest chains of veterinary hospitals reported Monday. The veterinary hospital chain saw 1 million dogs and cats during the three months when the more than 100 brands of now-recalled contaminated pet food were sold. It saw 284 extra cases of kidney failure among cats during that period, or a roughly 30 percent increase when compared with background rates. It‘s not clear if those animals ate the contaminated food, though it seems likely.

    Congress to look at pet-food rules
    A pet-food recall that began more than three weeks ago for food made at a plant in Kansas has since widened to six other U.S. manufacturers. Even as the recall expanded to include some dry food and pet treats, pet owners still don't know what has sickened and killed perhaps thousands of animals, and the process has left many wondering who is ensuring the safety of pet food and how. While the Food and Drug Administration has oversight at the federal level, much of the day-to-day regulation is relegated to states, each with its own laws, rules and systems, resulting in a patchwork lacking cohesiveness and consistency. U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, a Democrat from Illinois, says the system needs fixing, and this week the Senate is set to begin hearings that will include testimony from the FDA. "The uncertainty about what is safe to feed their pets has gone on too long," Durbin said in a release announcing the hearings. "I want to hear how the FDA is going to work to resolve the current crisis and ensure this doesn't happen again."

    Pet Chews Contaminated with Salmonella
    The Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers not to use American Bullie A.B. Bull Pizzle Puppy Chews and Dog Chews manufactured and distributed by T.W. Enterprises, Ferndale, WA, because they have the potential to be contaminated with salmonella, which can cause serious infections in dogs and cats, and, if there is cross-contamination, in people, especially children, the aged, and people with compromised immune systems. The recall is not related to the massive recall of wet dog food, snacks and other products made with contaminated wheat gluten.

    Pet food recall expands to Sunshine products; Menu Foods adds more dates, varieties
    The recall of pet foods and treats contaminated with an industrial chemical expanded yesterday to include dog biscuits made by an Alabama company and sold by Wal-Mart under the Ol'Roy brand. The Food and Drug Administration said the manufacturer, Sunshine Mills Inc., is recalling dog biscuits made with imported Chinese wheat gluten. Testing has revealed the wheat gluten, a protein source, was contaminated with melamine, used to make plastics and other industrial products. Also yesterday, Menu Foods, a major manufacturer of brand- and private-label wet pet foods, expanded its original recall to include a broader range of dates and varieties. Menu Foods was the first of at least six companies to recall the now more than 100 brands of pet foods and treats made with the contaminated ingredient. The recall now covers "cuts and gravy"-style products made between Nov. 8 and March 6, Menu Foods said. Previously, it applied only to products made beginning Dec. 3. In addition, Menu Foods said it was expanding the recall to Advertisement include more varieties, but no new brands.

    Pet Food Manufacturers Extend Recall To Broader Range Of Date And Varieties
    The U.S pet food manufacturer Menu Foods on Thursday expanded the recall of tainted pet food to several other varieties and a broader range of dates. The announcement comes nearly three weeks after the company recalled 60 million cans and pouches of wet pet food sold under various brands. The company said the pet food sold by stores operated by the Kroger Co., Safeway Inc., Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and PetSmart Inc., among others, now include "cuts and gravy" style products made from Nov. 8 to March 6, according to AP reports. The company had previously announced the recall on foods with Dec. 3 as the earliest production date. Joining the recall spree, on Thursday another company Sunshine Mills Inc. withdrew more than 20 dog biscuit brands sold by Wal-Mart.

    Sunshine Mills, Inc. Recall Dog Biscuits
    Contact: Media Inquiries Earl Clements (256) 356-9541, ext. 212 Consumer Inquiries Mitzi Wammack (800) 705-2111, ext. 117 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- Red Bay, Alabama, April 5, 2007 -- As a precautionary measure, Sunshine Mills, Inc. ("Sunshine"), a branded and private-label pet food manufacturer based in Red Bay, Alabama, is voluntarily recalling a portion of its branded dog biscuits made at its Red Bay, Alabama biscuit plant during part of March 2007. These brands include: Nurture Chicken & Rice, Nurture Lamb & Rice, Pet Life Large, Pet Life Extra Large, Pet Life Large Variety, Pet Life Large Peanut Butter, Lassie Lamb and Rice, and Pet Life People Pleasers Dog Treats. Private label biscuits for six of Sunshine's customers were also affected.

    FDA chief should step down in wake of pet food scandal
    When dogs and cats began to sicken and die after eating certain brands of commercial food, the public had the right to expect swift action from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to resolve the situation. That's not what we got. Instead, FDA officials have dithered, hemmed and hawed and appear more interested in protecting manufacturers' reputations than in preventing more suffering and death. Given the scope and tragedy of the FDA's failure to act, Commissioner Andrew von Eschenbach should step down and allow a more capable leader to direct the agency. The FDA is so far sticking to the melamine theory but has inexplicably refused to name a dry pet-food manufacturer believed to have received the suspected contaminated ingredient and hasn't recalled brands of dry food that may be affected

    Pet doctor -- Tainted food remains a puzzle
    There's a wrinkle in the tainted pet food investigation. Recent reports elsewhere in the media have indicated that melamine -- not aminopterin -- in tainted pet food is making pets sick and in some cases has killed them. However, it turns out that may not exactly be true. Melamine has been identified and linked to wheat gluten imported from China, which is used in some pet foods (many brands were recalled by Menu Foods). Most importantly, from what little experts do know about melamine and its affects after being ingested, pets shouldn't have died as a result. While melamine (used as a fertilizer in Asia) should certainly not be in pet foods, it's not known to be lethal. Why, then, have pets died after eating contaminated food? No one really knows. Dr. Richard Goldstein, an internal medicine specialist and assistant professor of Small Animal Medicine at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, Ithaca, N.Y., says he and his colleagues are working hard trying to answer that question. According to the veterinary literature on melamine, even when fed to rats in massive quantities for weeks, the only adverse affects were occasional bladder stones. "Of course, rats are not cats and dogs, but still, melamine shouldn't be causing the problems we're seeing," says Goldstein. "We're missing a piece of the puzzle."

    Confusion Increases as China Fights Back
    "China has nothing to do with the pet poisoning incident," the government said in a statement on the Web site of the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine. The government announcement came just days after the U.S. government halted all imports of wheat gluten from China and after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration identified a Chinese company as the supplier of the tainted pet food ingredient. But Thursday, the Chinese company identified by the agency said that it had never shipped wheat gluten to the United States or Canada.

    Now What?
    It is beyond a confusing and nervous time for pet owners and dog and cat lovers. A list of brands that have been recalled by Menu Foods is lengthy, and other have sporadic recalls but not enough complete answers have been provided. For now, the Food and Drug Administration says it does not plan to expand the dry food recall since there has not been a trend of illnesses from consuming dry food. Results from a New York lab initially identified aminopterin -- rat poison -- as the toxin found in the recalled foods. More recent government testing found melamine, a chemical used to make plastics, but those tests failed to confirm the presence of a rat poison, the Associated Press reported Friday. The direct connection between any chemical in the food and renal failure still is unclear, however, and the Food and Drug Administration says further investigation is necessary. No matter what the food contaminant may be, the bottom line is that many animals were harmed from eating recalled brands, and pet owners want answers! I'm wondering now if I should trust any store bought foods at all as the recall extends every day and now I'm even concerned about the treats. I see that PETA has called for the head of the commissioner of the FDA. I'm not certain if that is the answer but certainly these big money companies and the FDA dropped the ball. It's a shame it is taking so long and there is so much confusing information.

    Dennis Kucinich To FDA On Pet Food Crisis: What & When Did You Know?
    Representative Dennis Kucinich is demanding answers from the FDA (Food & Drug Administration) on the deadly pet food crisis, demanding to know how they learned of the contaminated food, when they learned of it, and what action was taking. "Millions of American families have a right to be assured that everything possible is being done to protect the health of their beloved family pets and to determine how in the world the pet food supply could have been contaminated," says the statement. "We must also find out when the FDA officials first learned that our nation's pets were in danger of being poisoned by their own pet food."

    PETA Calls on FDA Head to Resign Over Botched Pet Food Recall
    This morning, PETA President Ingrid E. Newkirk fired off a letter to Andrew von Eschenbach, calling on him to step down as commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Newkirk's letter comes after the FDA refused to name the maker of a dry pet food believed to have received a contaminated ingredient suspected in the deaths of an unknown number of cats and dogs. Now, two independent laboratories are claiming that the FDA was wrong when it determined that the agent causing kidney failure in cats and dogs was wheat gluten contaminated with a chemical called melamine found in plastic. The FDA has yet to recall dry food that is reportedly killing dogs and cats. Although the FDA says that melamine was found in pet food and that it may have been the ingredient making animals sick, PETA points out that at the FDA news conference on March 30, the agency did not report the fact that the New York Department of Agriculture and a top Canadian agricultural laboratory -- Animal Health Laboratory at the University of Guelph -- both dispute the FDA's finding. Furthermore, PETA points out that the FDA has gone even further by deceiving the public and media, both about the nature of the recall and about the FDA's oversight of the pet-food industry. Dr. Stephen Sundlof, director of the FDA's Center for Veterinary Medicine, has claimed to the media, "There are really no differences in the regulation of animal food and the regulation of human food. The same people that inspect human food plants also inspect pet food plants." However, the FDA's own Web site verifies that the agency has left "regulation" of the pet-food industry to the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO), a nongovernmental body with no power. ...STORY DEVELOPING

    Pet Owners Accuse Food Makers Of Cover-Up
    Attorneys for families who lost their pets to tainted dog and cat food amended a class-action lawsuit that was filed last week, claiming that the company involved may be trying to cover up what actually happened. Attorneys said Menu Foods tried to cover up evidence of tainted food. Attorneys said Menu Foods first began hearing reports of sick pets in December of last year, but didn't begin testing animals until late February. On March 6, it found a new supplier of the now-suspect wheat gluten, attorneys said, but it took another 10 days to announce a recall.

    Survey Tracks Possible Cases of Pet Food Problems in Michigan
    An ongoing survey of Michigan veterinarians suggests cats and dogs from several parts of the state might have been sickened by potentially tainted pet food involved in national recalls. At least 33 cats and 13 dogs in the state that ate recalled pet food have died from suspected cases of kidney disease, according to the survey by the Michigan Veterinary Medical Association. Another 106 cats and 38 dogs were in various stages of kidney disease as of Tuesday.

    Pet Food Melamine is a Red Herring
    Could "powerful interests" subvert this "scientific process" like they did the Climate Change issue? Jessica A Chittenden, a spokeswoman for the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, said “We don’t think this is the final conclusion. Melamine is not a known toxin. There’s not enough data to show that it is toxic to cats.”

    Lab chief troubled by conflicting pet-food results
    April 3, 2007—Ten days after the New York state food-testing lab seemed to have made a breakthrough in a mysterious wave of pet deaths and illnesses, the finding hasn't been confirmed — a situation the lab director called “troubling” Monday. “Our finding is significant,” said lab director Daniel Rice. “Whether it was the cause of illness in pets remains to be determined. Right now I guess we don't think this is a closed case yet.” Rice and other New York and Cornell University officials announced on March 23 they had found traces of a rodent poison known as Aminopterin in two samples of wet cat food manufactured by Menu Foods of Ontario, Canada. Menu Foods recalled more than 60 million cans and pouches of wet dog and cat food after reports of pets dying after eating it. But over the weekend, three other pet-food makers announced they have recalled other products. And the federal Food and Drug Administration, which hasn't found Aminopterin in pet-food samples it has tested, suspects the contaminant to be the chemical melamine, which is used as fertilizer and also in making plastics. It was found in wheat gluten imported from China and used by Menu Foods and other makers, the FDA says. But it is unclear whether it is toxic enough to kill pets. “We believe the finding of melamine in food was significant. But right now the pieces don't all fit together. We're still trying to answer a lot of questions.”

    Recall Could Widen, FDA says
    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says it's possible more pet foods will be recalled in the coming days as investigators continue to track the distribution of contaminated wheat gluten used in pet food.

    Are Toxic Levels of Vitamin D, Other Agents Killing Dogs and Cats?
    Although the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) continues to blame tainted wheat gluten for recent cat and dog illnesses and deaths, a mounting number of complaints about sick and dying animals who ate only dry food that did not contain wheat gluten strongly suggests another source of contamination. Evidence from reputable laboratories indicates that an excessive amount of vitamin D in pet food may be to blame. Vitamin D overdoses produce symptoms similar to those seen in animals who recently have become sick or died after consuming only dry foods.

    Dingo/Eight in One recalls dog, cat and ferret treats
    Eight in One (a division of United Pet Group Inc), has issued a pet food recall -- the latest in a barrage of announcements that has left owners in a frenzy. The company is recalling packages of its Dingo brand dog, cat and ferret treats in Canada and the U.S. because of salmonella concerns. The bacteria could infect animals and people who touch the food. The recall involves Dingo Chick'n Jerky for dogs, Dingo Kitty Chicken Jerky and Dingo Ferret Chicken Jerky. To obtain a refund, call 1-888-232-9889.

    Un-American Pet Food
    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration blocked imports of wheat gluten from a Chinese company on Monday. The agency identified the company as the source of the tainted wheat gluten that caused a massive pet-food recall last week. Our enormous appetite for wheat gluten exacerbates the wheat-gluten trade deficit. We're the world's biggest consumer of wheat gluten today; American manufacturers use it to produce baked goods. Having the right protein content in dough ensures that it will remain intact as it rises. Wheat gluten also gives vegetarian "fake meat," like DIY seitan, and pet food a meatlike texture and binds together processed foods like chicken nuggets, turkey burgers, and imitation crabmeat. Gluten even makes its way into shampoo and biodegradable sporks.

    Del Monte Recall
    Del Monte Pet Products announced it was voluntarily recalling some of its dog and cat treats with certain date codes. The affected brands are Jerky Treats Beef Flavor Dog Snacks, Gravy Train Beef Sticks Dog Snacks and Pounce Meaty Morsels Moist Chicken Flavor Cat Treats. The company said two other products sold under private labels also are affected: Ol' Roy Beef Flavor Jerky Strips Dog Treats and Ol' Roy Beef Flavor Snack Stick Dog Treats. Del Monte Foods has confirmed that the melamine-tainted wheat gluten was supplied as a "food grade" additive, raising the likelihood that contaminated wheat gluten could have entered the human food supply.

    Alpo Joins Pet Food Recall
    Nestlé Purina PetCare Company today announced it is voluntarily recalling all sizes and varieties of its ALPO® Prime Cuts in Gravy wet dog food with specific date codes. The Company is taking this voluntary action after learning today that wheat gluten containing melamine, a substance not approved for use in food, was provided to Purina by the same company that also supplied Menu Foods. The contamination occurred in a limited production quantity at only one of Purina's 17 pet food manufacturing facilities.

    FDA Warns Iams Co. About Unapproved Chemical in Diet Pet Food Line
    The Food and Drug Administration said Thursday it has issued a warning letter to Iams Co. that says some of its diet pet foods contain an unapproved substance. Eukanuba Veterinary Diets Optimum Weight Control/Canine dry, Optimum Weight Control/Feline dry, Restricted-Calorie/Canine dry and canned, and Restricted-Calorie/Feline dry and canned contain chromium tripicolinate, which is not an approved food supplement, the FDA said.

    Hills Pet Nutrition Recalls Prescription Diet m/d Feline dry food
    In accordance with its over-riding commitment to pet health and well-being, Hill's Pet Nutrition, Inc. is voluntarily recalling Prescription Diet m/d Feline dry food from the market. Hill's is taking this precautionary action because during a two-month period in early 2007, wheat gluten for this product was provided by a company that also supplied wheat gluten to Menu Foods.

    Nutro Dry Pet Foods Do Not Contain The Ingredient Wheat Gluten
    As the Food and Drug Administration today reiterated that it has no intention at this time of expanding the Menu Foods recall to include dry food, Nutro Products wants consumers to know: * Nutro's dry pet foods do NOT contain wheat gluten. * Nutro's dry pet foods are NOT produced by Menu Foods. * NONE of Nutro's dry pet foods are subject to the Menu Foods recall. * Pet owners should feel safe and confident feeding Nutro dry pet foods to their pets. Nutro's products are 100% guaranteed and all returned product will be refunded. Media Contact: David A. Herbst MWW Group 213.486.6560, ext. 314

    Pet Food Recall: PETA and the FDA at Odds Over Dry Food
    The Food and Drug Administration said Thursday it had no plans to suggest a wider recall to pet food companies even though the activist group PETA is calling for a wider recall. The Food and Drug Administration said it found 'melamine' in samples of the Menu Foods pet food, as well as in wheat gluten used as an ingredient in the wet-style products. In a news conference, FDA officials said that the apparently melamine-contaminated wheat gluten also was shipped to a company that manufactures dry pet food, but they would not name the company.

    FDA Tests Reveals New Toxin in Pet Food
    Recalled pet foods contained a chemical used to make plastics, but government tests failed to confirm the presence of rat poison, federal officials said Friday. The Food and Drug Administration said it found melamine in samples of the Menu Foods pet food, as well as in wheat gluten used as an ingredient in the wet-style products.

    Pet food company calls for complete recall
    An embattled Canadian pet food company wants retailers in North America to remove all 'cuts and gravy'-style food from its shelves. Menu Foods said Saturday that even brands not on the official recall list should be removed. At a Friday news conference, Paul K. Henderson, CEO of Menu Foods, was asked whether the firm would provide compensation for medical bills for sick pets. He said, "To the extent that we identify that the cause of any expenses incurred are related to the food, Menu will take responsibility for that."

    Pet Food Recall: PETA Demands FDA Investigate Dry Food Too
    With news reports indicating that Iams and other pet food companies may have known as early as February 20 that their products might have been tainted, PETA sent an urgent letter today to Daniel G. McChesney, director of the FDA's Center for Veterinary Medicine Office of Surveillance and Compliance, urging him to investigate Iams and other companies that sell food supplied by Menu Foods and take appropriate actions if the companies knew -- yet withheld -- information about pet-food contamination. "Iams and other companies should be held responsible for the companion animal deaths if they had knowledge of the food contamination issue and refused or neglected to alert the public immediately," says PETA Vice President Bruce Friedrich. "PETA has called for investigations and, if appropriate, cruelty charges against Menu Foods in Canada and Iams in Ohio."

    Recall Sheds Light on Pet-Food Industry's Little Secret
    The massive national pet-food recall stemming from deaths of at least 10 pets is also letting consumers in on one of the industry's well-guarded secrets -- that some of most premium pet-food brands in the U.S. use the same manufacturer that processes dozens of low-price private-label products. The recall affects 60 million products in all, produced between Dec. 3 and March 6 and sold under more than 80 brands, the vast majority of them retailer private labels. Though the formulations may be different, canned or pouch pet food for Procter & Gamble Co.'s Iams and Eukanuba, Colgate-Palmolive Co.'s Science Diet and Nestle Purina's Mighty Dog brands have been caught up in the same recall by processor Menu Foods as private labels for retailers such as Wal-Mart Stores, Food Lion and Meijer.

    Luxury pet food versus the cheaper brands
    The pet-food recall highlights a question that pet owners around the country are facing: Are luxury pet-food brands that different from the cheaper stuff? "The foods are basically the same up to a point," said David Kirkpatrick, spokesman for the American Veterinary Medical Association. Pet-food companies distinguish the more expensive brands by blending in higher-quality ingredients, such as canola oil, lamb or vitamin supplements. But a few building-block ingredients are common to almost any pet-food brand in a typical grocery store aisle, Kirkpatrick said.

    Pet food supply safety concern not new
    The smoking gun has been found in the evolving case of the (possibly) poisoned pet food: Menu Foods of Ontario, Canada, whose products have been linked to at least 16 pet deaths in North America, knew a month ago that its product caused deaths. Starting Feb. 27, about 50 dogs and cats were fed the company’s pet food. Seven of them promptly died. Starting in January 2006, 155 dogs died after consuming aflatoxins found in Diamond, Country Value and Professional brand dog foods. The toxin, derived from a corn fungus, was another case of a seemingly innocuous substance that proved to be deadly.

    Rat poison found in pet food that sparked recall
    Rat poison has been found in pet food that sparked a massive recall and sent a scare through tens of thousands of pet owners across North America, but scientists said Friday they still don't know how it got there. The pet food is produced by Mississauga, Ont.-based Menu Foods and is blamed for the deaths of at least 16 cats and dogs. The comments followed an announcement earlier in the day that New York state officials had found a toxic chemical used to kill rats and treat cancer in recalled dog and cat food produced by the company.

    60 million containers of pet food recalled
    A major manufacturer of dog and cat food recalled 60 million containers of wet pet food Friday after reports of kidney failure and deaths. The company said it manufacturers for 17 of the top 20 North American retailers. It is also a contract manufacturer for the top branded pet food companies, including Procter & Gamble Co.

    For Cats and Dogs, Life Is a Bowl of ...
    What exactly are pet owners getting when they buy their pet food — some $16 billion worth each year in the United States? That’s a question many asked last week after the deaths of at least 14 cats and dogs and the recall of 60 million containers of pet food by Menu Foods of Canada. The company produces 95 brands of pet food, including premium labels like Iams and private labels for Wal-Mart and others. On Friday, the New York State Department of Agriculture said it had found a toxic chemical used as rat poison in food linked to the pet deaths, though it did not explain how it got there. The Week in Review asked Marion Nestle, a nutrition professor at New York University and the author of “What to Eat” (North Point Press; 2006), for insight. Ms. Nestle and Malden Nesheim, a professor emeritus of nutrition at Cornell University, are writing a book on the pet food industry to be published next year.

    Make Your Own Pet Food
    Most people purchase pet foods for the sake of convenience, but with the major supplier of most of the nation's prepared pet foods involved in a major recall amid claims their food has led to the death of pets, some may choose to consider making their own pet food at home. There are many sources for home-made pet food recipes, including special diet, vegetarian, treats, and more.

    What's In Your Pet Food
    Veterinarians report that many of today's pets suffer from allergies, skin problems, hypertension, heart disease, cancer, liver and kidney failure, to name a few. These conditions have been exaggerated by the "tainted" foods we feed our pets, and the lack of vitamins, enzymes, minerals and other nutrients. There are approximately eighty million pet owners in the United States. These animal lovers spend twenty seven billion dollars on their pets and of that, eleven billion is on food. Advertising in the pet industry is the primary way you hear about their products. Do manufacturers tell you what they put in their cans or boxes? Is it a dead dog or cat? That may sound harsh, but for some manufacturers, it's true. "4D" is an FDA classification denoting a dead, dying, diseased and disabled meat source. Do they tell you what effect the preservatives and additives may have on your pets health? Of course not! All you see is happy healthy animals lapping up their "yummy" food. Public demand for holistic approaches to pet care, have created a new industry in the health food marketplace. Manufacturers of natural pet foods have eliminated most, if not all, of the hazardous ingredients from their recipes and are now providing Fido and Fluffy with their own "health" food.

    WARNING: Toxic Foods Your Pet Must Avoid!
    According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, these foods are not safe for pets CLICK HERE FOR PRINTABLE LIST (pdf)

    Alcohol Alcohol isn't poisonous, but dogs will get drunk much more quickly than a human.
    Anti-freeze Okay, if this one comes as a surprise, you probably shouldn't be allowed to own a pet at all. It may seem strange to include anti-freeze on this list, but dogs love the taste of it. Obviously, it has some serious negative effects, including kidney damage, so be sure to keep it out of paws' reach.
    Apple Seeds (toxic arsenic)
    Apricot Pits (toxic arsenic)
    Avocado Avocados are high in fat, and so, may cause an upset stomach, vomiting, or in extreme cases, pancreatitis. They also contain the dangerous element persin (see Fatty Foods).
    Bones: Most types of bones will splinter, and these splinters may become lodged in the dog's throat. The best bone for a dog is the beef shin bone. Avoid chicken and pork bones.
    Broccoli Broccoli is one of the least dangerous things on this list; it only harms dogs when it makes up more than 10% of their diet. After that, the isothiocynate in it causes a u)pset stomach.
    Cassava root
    Cherry Pits (toxic arsenic)
    Chicken Bones choking hazard
    Chocolate bakers chocolate is the worst, needing only 0.1 ounce per pound of body weight to kill a dog. Cocoa and milk chocolate should also be avoided. White chocolate is the least toxic, requiring 200 ounces per pound of body weight to cause death. It's the theobromine in chocolate that kills, found in chocolate liquor, coffe and tea.
    Coffee (ground, beans, chocolate-covered espresso beans)
    Corn cobs choking hazard
    Dairy (limit intake-dogs are lactose intolerant)
    Eggplant leaves
    Eggs (Raw) As you may already know, salmonella thrives in this kind of environment, and that can be harmful for your dog. The other danger of raw eggs is the avidin in it. This deprives your dog of a B vitamin: biotin. Biotin deprivation can lead to weakness and hair loss, or worse, retardation of growth and skeleton deformity.
    Fatty foods
    Garlic and garlic powder (See Onion warning)
    Grapes (Just six grapes can put your dog in serious danger!)
    Hops (used in home brewing)
    Java beans (Uncooked)
    Jolt (caffeine)
    Liver Vitamin A toxicity leads to loss of appetite, weight loss, and deformed bones. To avoid this, no more than three servings of liver should be given to a dog, and never raw. If your pet is already taking vitamin A supplements, he or she shouldn't have any.)
    Macadamia nuts Macadamia nuts Macadamia nuts' effects on dogs also have not been thoroughly researched, but it has been determined that dogs may react after only 6 nuts. Some reactions can be fever, vomiting, abdominal pain, swollen limbs, muscle weakness (especially concerning the hind legs) and paralysis in the hind legs.)
    Milk (limit intake-dogs are lactose intolerant)
    Moldy or spoiled foods Make sure to keep your garbage cans tightly sealed, because food that's gone bad is also harmful for dogs. If they eat the wrong foods, they can get diarrhea, start vomiting, have seizures, and damage internal organs.
    Mushrooms - Wild Some kinds of mushrooms can be poisonous. If you allow your dog to eat the wrong kinds he or she can experience abdominal pain, anemia, and liver and kidney damage, so keep an eye out while you're walking him or her.
    Nutmeg Nutmeg acts as a hallucinogen in large amounts, and can have serious consequences, including tremors, seizures, and even death.
    Nuts the high phosphorus content can leave your dog with bladder stones.
    Onions/Garlic: One small onion can contain enough thiosulphate to prove fatal for your dog. Although small amounts can be used safely in dog food, too much onion or garlic (but especially onion) can cause loss of appetite, vomiting, confusion, diarrhea, anemia, and increased heart rate. Onions are even more dangerous to cats.
    Peach Pits (toxic arsenic)
    Pear Seeds (toxic arsenic)
    Plants Lilies, daffodils, and foxglove may look good in your garden, but they sure don't go well with a dog's diet. Some more of the dangerous varieties of plants are oleander, rhododendron, azalea, yew, rhubarb leaves, and cycads, but it's best not to let your dog nibble any houseplant
    Potatoes (Green) Cooked potatoes are actually healthy and nutritious for dogs, and even raw potatoes aren't usually dangerous, but if the potato is a green colour, it probably contains solanum alkaloids, which can be harmful. This is pretty rare, as these alkaloids are not easily absorbed, but it is still something to watch out for.
    Raisins (Just six grapes can put your dog in serious danger!)
    Raw or undercooked meat
    Rawhides, cow hooves, and pigs' ears are hard to digest, and may cause vomiting or diarrhea if eaten too quickly. Cow hooves are hard enough that they can break a dog's tooth, and sharp splinters can become lodged in the intestinal tract.
    Rich, fatty foods can cause pancreatitis.
    Salt Too much salt is bad for humans and dogs. In the latter, it may cause pancreatitis, stomach problems, and bloat (this can occur when dogs drink a lot of water too quickly after having salty foods, which traps gas in the intestines and may ultimately kill them).
    Sugarless Gums and Candies Watch out for the sugar substitute "xylitol". If a dog eats much of it, it can cause a dangerous drop in blood sugar as well as liver damage.
    Tea (caffeine)
    Tomato Tomatoes contain atropine, which can negatively affect your dog. Ripe tomatoes are the least dangerous of these, followed by unripe. The most unsafe part of the plant are the leaves and stem.
    Yeast dough

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    Award – 1-866-738-7375
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    Great Choice – 1-866-738-7375
    Hills/Science Diet – 1-800-445-5777 (www.hillspet.com)
    Iams – 1-800-882-1591 (www.iams.com)
    Menu Foods – 1-866-463-6738 (www.menufoods.com)
    Mighty Dog – 1-800-778-7462 (www.purina.com)
    Mixables – 1-303-768-8400 (www.varietypetfoods.com)
    Nutro – 1-800-833-5330 (www.nutroproducts.com)
    Sophisticat – 1-866-738-7375

    To a man whose mind is free there is something even more intolerable in the sufferings of animals than in the sufferings of man. For with the latter it is at least admitted that suffering is evil and that the man who causes it is a criminal. But thousands of animals are uselessly butchered every day without a shadow of remorse. If any man were to refer to it, he would be thought ridiculous. And that is the unpardonable crime.

    ~Romain Rolland, Nobel Prize 1915


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