emergency pet food recall

March 17, 2007

 

pet food recallThere has been a major —

Pet food recall including numerous major brands. The pet food contains a contaminant that is causing kidney failure in both dogs and cats. That is fatal. Please check the list and if you have this food, do not feed it to your animal:

MENU FOODS : LIST OF RECALLED PET FOODS

BOSTON HERALD : ANIMAL DEATHS SPARK MAJOR PET FOOD RECALL

FDA : RECALL OF PET FOODS MANUFACTURED BY MENU FOODS, INC.

 

*note : when i first saw that list of brands there, i thought this had to be a hoax, then i googled it and every major news outlet is picking up this story, so it is either very real or one hell of a hoax, pass this on please it might save an animal

EDITED MARCH 24 TO INCLUDE : UPDATE : EMERGENCY PET FOOD RECALL

EDITED MARCH 24 TO INCLUDE : UPDATE II : EMERGENCY PET FOOD RECALL

 

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45 Responses to “emergency pet food recall”

  1. Panic!
    Whew, my dog’s food is not on the list. That is quite a list of contaminated foods. I wonder what was in it? The article didn’t say.

  2. max said

    Dunno. My guess would be a chemical contaminant. Dogs and cats are immune to salmonella. But that is just a guess. Whatever it is has to be bad to be taking down both dogs and cats with total renal failure. Cats are especially hard to spot with that, they do not exhibit symptoms until it is way way too late. One of the signs though is eating litter. If your cat is eating litter? Put your cat in a carrier and run the red lights.

    I am way glad your food is not on the list.

  3. max said

    I have been reading more. They are attributing it to aflatoxin, which according to what I am reading is “a naturally occurring toxic chemical that comes from a fungus found on corn and other grains.”

    I love that touch, “naturally occurring chemical.” God I love the press.

    Yeah, “naturally occurring” if the corn rots, builds up fungus, and, like, through some strange violation of the space time continuum [did I spell that right?] reproduces the bacteria that populated the planet before oxygen became the primary atmospheric component, press boys.

  4. michele said

    My mother gave one of the recalled products to her puppy last week – who got vomited it up and did not eat the next day. I think it also got lethargic. I talked to her today and the dog appears to be fine – running around and eating again.

  5. max said

    She should probably get a blood work up on the puppy to be sure, Michele.

  6. “Naturally occurring.”
    The bastards.

    Michele, I hope the pup is okay.

  7. […] 18th, 2007 at 1:23 pm (animals) There has been a big pet food recall. Go check out Max’s blog entry about that. It’s pretty bad. Animals are […]

  8. max said

    Okay, Cyb said over on the forum the aflatoxin is from a recall that happened last year around the same time, and this contaminant has not been identified yet.

  9. Z said

    Here is a good general article related to pet food. It is cat oriented but the information is good for dogs, too. It also has a list of pet foods that don’t contain by-products or corn, wheat or soy.

    http://www.catinfo.org/commercialcannedfoods.htm

  10. max said

    Thanks, Zee.

  11. cyberian said

    Is this where I put this? I don’t understand these blog thingies….

    Okay, reposting this from seemaxrun with typo fix:

    I can’t help noticing it involves all the varieties of Iams that include “by-products.” Always a good idea to scrutinize labels and make sure “by-products” is not listed as an ingredient. What that designation refers to is “DDD” classified meat (disabled, diseased, and dying), which has been deemed unfit for human consumption. It includes entrails and feces scraped off the slaughterhouse floor. It also, in some brands, includes euthanized dogs and cats (which aside from being gross, means the meat is laced with barbituates).

    And to add… for the past couple of years I’ve been doing penance for all the time poor Sam ate crappy generic cat kibble, by feeding her AAA grade organic cat food. It is like 1.40 a can, yikes! (She is worth it, though.) Most of the brands, she loves — except for Spot’s Stew and some other brand I can’t remember, that has cranberries (!) mixed into the seafood. She is still making up her mind about “Pet Promise” from Wholefoods, but she loves “Castor & Pollux Ultramix” like candy… she even eats the dried fruit pieces, which I was absolutely sure she’d spit out. Who knew a cat would eat dried papaya, and why on earth is it in there? It’s not like she would ever eat that in the wild. Then again she also loves venison, and it’s hard to picture her taking down a deer. But I digress.

  12. max said

    Thanks, Cyb.

  13. Jennifer said

    Woa! Luckily the cat eats what the kid won’t. Pieces of chicken from a restaraunt that they usually put on their salads but sell just to Zach in pints. Zachary picks out perfect little pieces and gives the rejects to his Mon Chere. The cat won’t eat any canned food so I put out dry food and that he eats occasionally. Good thing I read your blog! Problem is I got stray cats in the area and a racoon or two that would get in the dumpster and eat the contaiminated food. Now I need a Has Mat team. LOL
    Thanks Max! Zach and Mon are in a constant battle of sibling rivalry, it’s one war we don’t want to see end….

  14. max said

    Take the food back to the store, Jennifer. It is a recall item. The store should reimburse you for it. Also, if the cat has eaten any of the food, you want to take the cat to the vet and get a blood test done. Cats do not exhibit symptoms till they have lost 70% or more functionality but vets can determine if there is damage by doing a blood test.

  15. ~D~ said

    I thought you might have actually had new information to make a post about this. I want that minute of my life back.

  16. max said

    Wow you are a slow reader.

  17. For the last 9 years, I’ve been feeding my cats a raw meat diet, found at http://www.felinefuture.com. Other information can be found at http://www.catnutrition.org.

    A good read about what goes on in the pet food industry is “The Food Pets Die For” by Anne Martin. If people knew what really went into pet food – feces, euthanized cats and dogs to name two “ingredients” they would never buy these products.

    Cats are carnivores. Mother Nature never designed them to eat grains, which is a bowel-irritant for them, and has the long-term affect of drying out their internal organs.

    If this pet food recall can get people questioning what goes in their pet food, and wake them up to what they’re actually feeding them, then hallelujiah.

  18. The People's Poet said

    I have to be honest, I only came here because in your avatar you have a picture of, what has got to be the most incredibly fabulous hot babe i’ve ever seen!

    Holy MONKEEEEEEEEEEEES!

  19. Congrats on the blog of the Minute Stat Max-
    You should do more Public Service Announcements.
    Ps
    I haven’t fed my pets ‘wet food ‘ since the day I opened up a can of food and found dead maggots.
    Wish I were kidding but I’m not.

  20. Summer B. said

    All of this has definitely made me question what I am feeding my cat. I was feeding him Science Diet because the vet recommended it, but now I’m realizing that it is no better than any of the less expensive brands. Thankfully, he is in fine health. I had read the ingredients and thought it was strange that it included “byproducts,” but I guess I just trusted the vet rather than *gasp* using my own better judgement. I think it is horrible that vets get benefits to promote a brand of food that is more expensive, but still does nothing to promote healthy animals.

    I agree that hopefully all of this will make people question the standard for what they feed their pets.

  21. max said

    Thanks, Anita.

    Wow, Poet, way to make points with the management.

    LaBelle, thanks for those links.

  22. ebitmanagement said

    Hello Max.
    Greetings from Sweden.
    You are #1: in the world.

  23. max said

    Aww, thanks, Ebit. I have not seen you in a while I thought you wandered into the forest without bread crumbs.

  24. The People's Poet said

    Swing baby, you’re PLATINUM!

  25. max said

    Well that was interesting. This post was blog o’ the minute, which got it viewed a lot. Which is good. The pet food sitch is not good. And hopefully the more the info gets out the more animals will not eat the contaminated food.

    Thanks, WordPress.

    Now I can stop being all socially conscientious [did I spell that right?] and can go back to my shallow as rain water ways. Woof.

  26. […] 19th, 2007 So WordPress featured the emergency pet food recall post as a blog o’ the […]

  27. Z said

    “except for Spot’s Stew and some other brand I can’t remember, that has cranberries (!) mixed into the seafood.”

    That is the Wellness brand. I was thinking about trying it out on George and then I realized there is no way he would eat anything with cranberries and sweet potatoes.

    I am trying to switch him to Trader Joe’s (only $0.49 a can and no byproducts) but he doesn’t like it as well as Fancy Feast. I think the Fancy Feast people are slipping crack into their cat food to get the cats addicted.

  28. Max, I’ve heard they are adding food to the list. I’m going to throw out the stuff we have here just in case.

  29. max said

    Cripes. There is more?

    Give those dogs eggs and bacon. It is the only way to be sure.

  30. max said

    I have been looking on the net for raw food sources for animal food. The raw food diet is hard to do at home because it involves so much preparation and also because you handle a lot of raw meat. Not exactly fun bleaching down the kitchen every day. But this looked interesting: http://www.thehonestkitchen.com/index.shtml

  31. Z said

    According to this article: http://www.gothamist.com/2007/03/20/pet_food_maker.php the company fed the food to 40-50 dogs and cats as a test. Seven died and they still waited to issue the recall.

  32. max said

    The FDA responding to one woman’s report told her over a thousand animals have died, and the ten being noted in news reports is only animals that died during lab experiments.

    Other links to check:

    howl 911: http://www.howl911.com/petfoodrecall.htm

    pet connection: http://www.petconnection.com

    Veterinarian Dr. Marty Becker of Pet Connection gives advice on what to do if you have the recalled product:

    “Has your pet eaten any of it? If so, call your veterinarian right away even if your pet seems fine,” says Dr. Becker. “Sometimes a pet will look just fine on the outside, but what’s happening on the inside may be an entirely different story. Discuss with your vet whether your pet should have a diagnostic test of kidney function to catch any problem before it’s life-threatening.”

    “Today’s tests no longer have to have a pet in renal failure before a problem can be caught. Making sure there’s no problem is an investment in your pet’s health and in your peace of mind,” he says.

    If you have a recalled product in your home and your pet hasn’t had any, return it to the
    place of purchase. Most have indicated they will refund consumer’s money. Contact the
    store or the company for assistance.

    As an aside, do not just throw this stuff in the trash. Especially if the packaging is open or can be easily opened by an animal. Strays and other animals sometimes go through trash. It is a bad death. They do not need to get poisoned either.

  33. […] Cat Food: In case you haven’t heard, there is a major recall on pet food. So far, Fancy Feast is not on the list, but I am still worried. George hasn’t been behaving oddly, so that is a good thing. I decided to switch him to Trader Joe’s. It is actually cheaper than Fancy Feast and contains no byproducts. George has been pretty reluctant to eat anything but Fancy Feast, so I wasn’t sure if he would even look at the Trader Joe’s stuff. I am happy to report that he is eating it. He seemed apprehensive at first but finally tried it and ended up eating almost the whole can. A can of Trader Joe’s is about 3x the size of a Fancy Feast can, so that is a lot. Max is keeping up really well with the Pet Food recall so visit her blog for more information. […]

  34. max said

    Another interesting article on pet food:

    What’s Really in Pet Food? A Report by the Animal Protection Institute:

    http://www.satyamag.com/jan04/api.html

  35. […] March 21st, 2007 in Uncategorized There has been a major recall for tons of tainted pet food. If you have a pet please check the list and make sure your pet’s […]

  36. max said

    Eng Tech has posted on the pet recall:

    93 brands: The pet-food manufacturer Menu Foods was not a household name until it announced a massive recall Friday, but many of the brand names it was sold under would be familiar to any pet owner. At first unable to tell the extent of the possible problems, officials with Menu Foods later posted on its website a list of scores of affected brands of dog and cat food. The company has recalled specific products from 51 brands of dog food and 42 brands of cat food.

    Eng lists many brands being recalled:

    Cat food brands affected (42): Americas Choice, Preferred Pets, Authority, Best Choice, Companion, Compliments, Demoulas Market Basket, Eukanuba, Fine Feline Cat, Food Lion, Foodtown, Giant Companion, Hannaford, Hill Country Fare, Hy-Vee, Iams, Laura Lynn, Li’l Red, Loving Meals, Meijer’s Main Choice, Nutriplan, Nutro Max Gourmet Classics, Nutro Natural Choice, Paws, Pet Pride, Presidents Choice, Price Chopper, Priority US, Save-A-Lot, Schnucks, Science Diet Feline Savory Cuts Cans, Sophistacat, Special Kitty Canada, Special Kitty US, Springfield Prize, Sprout, Stop & Shop Companion, Tops Companion, Wegmans, Weis Total Pet, Western Family US, White Rose, Winn Dixie.

    Dog food brands affected (52): Americas Choice, Preferred Pets, Authority, Award, Best Choice, Big Bet, Big Red, Bloom, Wegmans Bruiser, Cadillac, Companion, Demoulas Market Basket, Eukanuba, Food Lion, Giant Companion, Great Choice, Hannaford, Hill Country Fare, Hy-Vee, Iams, Laura Lynn, Loving Meals, Meijers Main Choice, Mighty Dog Pouch, Mixables, Nutriplan, Nutro Max, Nutro Natural Choice, Nutro Ultra, Nutro, Ol’Roy Canada, Ol’Roy US, Paws, Pet Essentials, Pet Pride – Good n Meaty, Presidents Choice, Price Chopper, Priority Canada, Priority US, Publix, Roche Brothers, Save-A-Lot, Schnucks, Shep Dog, Springsfield Prize, Sprout, Stater Brothers, Stop & Shop Companion, Tops Companion, Weis Total Pet, Western Family US, White Rose, Winn Dixie, Your Pet

    Those brand names are expanding daily it is important to keep checking brands being pulled. Also note the dates of batches of food on recall: Dec 3, 2006 thru March 7, 2007.

    http://engtech.wordpress.com/2007/03/20/off-topic-news-massive-pet-food-recall/

  37. I have posted the raw diet I’ve made for my cats for the last 9 years on my blog.

    It’s easy to make, and you can order a bag of the supplement mix from http://www.felinefuture.com.

    You add 1/2 cup of mix to 1 cup of water, stir and add the chopped organ and muscle meats.

    I encourage people to feed raw – it’s so much better in every way than these Frankenfoods.

  38. max said

    One thing I have found disconcerting is the number of people I have told about this who have just said, Oh that is okay I did not get the bad food my dog/cat is fine. And that is it. I am real glad to know someone’s dog/cat is fine, but I do not understand no impulse to try to make sure other dogs/cats stay fine too.

  39. cyberian said

    ABC news is saying the contaminant is now believed to be rat poison: http://abcnews.go.com/US/story?id=2975912&page=1&US=true

    I wonder how much money Menu Foods “saved” by importing cheaper wheat from China? Something tells me, not the tens of millions the recall cost them. Something tells me, not enough to cover all the lawsuits they’re going to face, or the loss of revenue when people stop buying their products.

  40. What really, really makes me angry is that these jerks sat on the recall notice so they could ‘make sure’ it was their product.

    I wonder how many sick pets are out there now because these scum sucking corporate jerks sat on this info.

    I don’t know if voodoo really works, but I’m willing to stoop to the dark arts now.

  41. max said

    Blaming the Chinese, hmm?

    If I was very cynical which of course I am not I am a delicate flower but if I was I would wonder whether that extra month was about making sure the food was the cause or about circling wagons and setting up misleading numbers and stories.

  42. Hmmm…let’s see, Circling Wagons- that’s got my vote.

    Of course as you’re circling the Wagons you have to hire a PR Firm to repair your damaged image once you get sued for millions and millions of dollars.

    Pet Food Industry thy name is Evil.

  43. max said

    I am getting worried here. I keep hearing about sick dogs and cats that were not on brands from Menu Foods. And they are coming down with liver failure too. I do not think at this point it is safe to be feeding animals any manufactured dog and cat food till something gets figured out here because something is very wrong and not just with the Menu Foods recalls.

    For a continuation of this discussion please go to https://celluloidblonde.wordpress.com/2007/03/24/update-ii-emergency-pet-food-recall/

    I would like to consolidate in one topic.

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