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  • 1,000 dog deaths linked to ‘toxic jerky treats’

    More than 1,000 dog deaths may now be linked to toxic jerky treats according to the Food and Drug Administration. And the agency says since 2007, there have been almost 5,000 complaints of pet illnesses related to the treats.
  • Jerky treats linked to deaths of 1,000 dogs

    05/18/2014 12:51:47 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 128 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | May 17, 2014 | Gail Smith
    Pet jerky treats, mostly imported from China, are being linked to more than 1,000 deaths in dogs, more than 4,800 complaints about animal illness, and, for the first time, sickness in three people who ate the products, federal health officials said Friday, according to nbcnews.com. But Food and Drug Administration officials say they still can't identify a specific cause for the reported illnesses or deaths, despite seven years of tests and investigation.
  • Jerky treats leave nearly 600 dogs dead in 'mysterious outbreak', FDA says

    10/23/2013 9:56:58 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 35 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10-23-2013 | Fox News
    Federal health officials are warning pet owners to be cautious about feeding their dogs jerky treats as they continue to investigate a treat-related illnesses that has left nearly 600 dogs dead and sickened more than 3,000 others. The Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday issued an alert to consumers about the illnesses and deaths tied to jerky treats from China. Officials say the exact cause of the illnesses remains unknown. "This is one of the most elusive and mysterious outbreaks we've encountered," Bernadette Dunham, director of the FDA's Center for Veterinary Medicine, said in a statement. "Our beloved four-legged companions...
  • P&G Voluntarily Recalls Limited Quantity of Dry Pet Food Due to Possible Health Risk

    08/14/2013 6:26:42 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 31 replies
    The Procter & Gamble Company ^ | 8/14/2013 | The Procter & Gamble Company
    CINCINNATI--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Procter & Gamble Company (P&G) has voluntarily recalled specific lots of dry pet food because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. These lots were distributed in the United States and represent roughly one-tenth of one percent (0.1%) of annual production. No Salmonella-related illnesses have been reported to date in association with these product lots. Salmonella can affect animals eating the products and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products or any surfaces exposed to these products. Healthy...
  • FDA issues draft compliance policy guide for pet nutrition products

    09/12/2012 4:13:35 AM PDT · by EBH · 20 replies
    AAHS ^ | 9/12/12 | AAHA
    The FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine has issued a draft compliance policy guide outlining how the agency intends to handle pet dietary products that claim to treat specific disease conditions. The guide is titled “Labeling and Marketing of Nutritional Products Intended for Use to Diagnose, Cure, Mitigate, Treat or Prevent Disease in Dogs and Cats.” As the guide is currently in draft form only, the FDA is asking for people to submit written comments to the address listed at the top of the guide. According to the FDA, the agency has observed a concerning rise in the number of products...
  • USDA combats ‘mountain pride,’ self-reliance to boost food stamp rolls

    07/04/2012 9:35:24 PM PDT · by Altariel · 25 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | July 3, 2012 | Caroline May
    One in seven Americans are on food stamps, but the government is pushing to enroll more — in many instances working to overcome Americans’ “pride,” self-reliance or failure to see a need. “Our common goal is to increase participation in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program,” the United States Department of Agriculture explains on its “Outreach Toolkits” page. “Our purpose is to ensure that those going through difficult times can feed their families healthy, nutritious food. By working as a team, we can accomplish these goals.” The USDA has adopted a range of strategies and programs designed to bring more people...
  • Gator bites off hand of Everglades airboat captain

    06/13/2012 2:32:15 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 19 replies
    Naples Daily News ^ | June 12, 2012 | JESSICA LIPSCOMB
    Gator bites off hand of Everglades airboat captain EVERGLADES CITY — A 63-year-old airboat captain lost his left hand when an alligator bit it off, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. The victim’s name is Wallace Weatherholt of Captain Doug's Everglades Tours on State Road 29. FWC officials said a criminal investigation is pending. Feeding alligators is a second-degree misdemeanor. POSTED EARLIER An Everglades City airboat captain lost his hand Tuesday afternoon when an alligator bit it off, according to a state wildlife official. The airboat captain was taken to a Naples hospital following the attack, said...
  • Chinese Pet Treats Linked to 900 Dog Deaths, Illnesses

    05/24/2012 11:26:46 AM PDT · by DJ MacWoW · 87 replies
    ABC The Blotter ^ | May 23, 2012 | CINDY GALLI
    Just six months after issuing its latest warning about chicken jerky dog treats made in China, the Food and Drug Administration confirms it has logged more than 900 complaints from pet owners who say their dogs either were sickened or died after eating the treats. The number of complaints has nearly doubled since the story was first reported by ABC News in March. The FDA says its investigation is ongoing and that it continues to test samples of the popular treats, which dog owners across the country say have caused kidney failure in their pets, resulting in severe illness or...
  • FDA Receives Over 400 New Reports Of Dog Treat Poisoning With No Recall In Sight

    02/22/2012 10:49:10 AM PST · by EBH · 40 replies
    PetPardonNews ^ | 2/21/12 | Ariel Wulff
    Reports surfaced yesterday that in the past two weeks over 400 new cases of animals being poisoned after eating treats manufactured in China have been received by the FDA, strengthening demands from pet owners that a recall be placed into effect. On Sunday, Senator Sherrod Brown held a news conference on the heels of a previous one the week before at the Ohio Humane Society in Hilliard Ohio about tainted chicken jerky treats from China. It was Brown’s second public statement to the Food and Drug Administration regarding the treats that are reported to have been causing illness and death...
  • Despite FDA warnings and pet deaths, pet food companies won’t recall treats

    02/09/2012 11:23:11 AM PST · by EBH · 99 replies
    PetSitUSA ^ | 2/7/11
    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is again cautioning consumers that chicken jerky products for dogs (also sold as chicken tenders, strips or treats) may be associated with illness in dogs. In the last 12 months, FDA has seen an increase in the number of complaints it received of dog illnesses associated with consumption of chicken jerky products imported from China. Now, four months later, pets are still dying from these treats. And, since the FDA testing has been inconclusive, the pet food companies that sell them aren’t recalling them. Again, that’s even though many pets are dying. Some of...
  • Chicken jerky treats sicken 353 dogs, owners report

    12/28/2011 4:18:34 PM PST · by ColdOne · 91 replies
    msnbc.com ^ | 12/28/11 | JoNel Aleccia
    Reports of illnesses in dogs given chicken jerky treats have spiked dramatically following a new government warning about pet snacThe federal Food and Drug Administration has logged at least 353 reports this year of illnesses tied to imported chicken jerky products, also sold as chicken tenders, chicken strips or chicken treats, a spokeswoman said. That’s up from 70 reports of illnesses -- and some deaths -- received in 2011 before the Center for Veterinary Medicine issued an updated warning on Nov. 18. Dog owners and veterinarians are reporting that animals have been stricken with a range of symptoms within hours...
  • Ellen DeGeneres launching vegan pet food brand?

    12/15/2011 2:12:47 PM PST · by Winstons Julia · 66 replies · 1+ views
    Mother Nature Network ^ | 12/15/11 | Michael D'Estries
    "The couple also are developing a line of vegan pet foods — after discovering a void in the market for people looking to feed their dogs and cats vegan vittles," said the Chicago Sun-Times.
  • Pet Food Recall

    12/07/2011 3:59:14 PM PST · by TennesseeGirl · 81 replies
    FDA ^ | 12/06/2011 | Self
    Recall on some pet food. Iams, River Run, and Marksman so far. http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/default.htm
  • Chicken jerky treats linked to mystery illnesses, deaths in dogs

    11/21/2011 4:18:34 PM PST · by khnyny · 92 replies
    MSNBC ^ | November 21, 2011 | JoNel Aleccia
    Chicken jerky treats may be to blame for dozens of new reports of mysterious illnesses and some deaths in dogs, prompting a renewed warning for pet owners by the Food and Drug Administration. At least 70 dogs have been sickened so far this year after reportedly eating chicken jerky products imported from China, FDA officials said. That’s up from 54 reports of illness in 2010. Some of the dogs have died, according to the anecdotal reports from pet owners and veterinarians. FDA officials say they have not been able to find a cause for the illnesses. Extensive chemical and microbiological...
  • Veterinarian says natural foods not always best for pets

    09/17/2010 10:04:19 AM PDT · by decimon · 87 replies
    Kansas State University ^ | September 16, 2010 | Jennifer Torline
    MANHATTAN -- While natural food is a rising trend among humans, pet owners should be careful before feeding similar types of food to their pets, according to a Kansas State University veterinarian. All too often pet owners assume that because certain foods, such as fruits and vegetables, are healthy for them, they are also healthy for their pets, said Susan Nelson, K-State assistant professor of clinical services. "Natural and veggie-based pet foods are based more on market demand from owners, not because they are necessarily better for the pet," she said. Natural pet food isn’t necessarily unhealthy for pets, and...
  • Comparing the dog foods

    01/22/2010 10:52:22 AM PST · by prplhze2000 · 47 replies · 1,202+ views
    Jackson Jambalaya ^ | January 20, 2010 | Kingfish
    Took food donations to local animal shelter the other day and compared Science Diet while i had a bunch of other different brands to compare it to. Now wondering why people think it soooo much better when it has the same ingrediants as the cheap stuff. "Think Hill's Science Diet is so good because well, its sold at the vet or it has the word Science in it? Check out the first few ingrediants in the Science Diet Adult Advanced Fitness Original Dry Formula: "Chicken, Ground Whole Grain Corn, Ground Whole Grain Sorghum, Ground Whole Grain Wheat, Chicken By-Product Meal,...
  • Poison Pet Food

    07/06/2009 2:19:00 PM PDT · by Judges Gone Wild · 45 replies · 1,201+ views
    Educational Cyber Playground ^ | 06/22/2009 | Heather Hollingsworth
    Couple pleads guilty in toxic pet food case By HEATHER HOLLINGSWORTH KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Las Vegas-based company and its owners have pleaded guilty to distributing a tainted ingredient used to make pet food that killed potentially thousands of dogs and cats. Sally Qing Miller, 43, and her husband, Stephen S. Miller, 56, along with their company, Chemnutra Inc., pleaded guilty Tuesday to one count of selling adulterated food and one count of selling misbranded food, both misdemeanors. They initially were charged with 13 counts of introduction of adulterated food into interstate commerce, 13 counts of introduction of...
  • FDA Confirms Probe of NUTRO Pet Food Deaths, Illnesses

    04/22/2009 12:30:10 PM PDT · by GBA · 22 replies · 951+ views
    consumeraffairs.com ^ | April 20, 2009 | Lisa Wade McCormick
    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has confirmed that the agency is investigating NUTRO pet food, following a series of unexplained illnesses and deaths. Consumers have been complaining for more than two years that their pets have become ill after eating NUTRO products; many have recovered when they were switched to other foods. The company has steadfastly denied that its food is to blame.
  • Priciest pet food not always the best

    04/17/2009 4:48:50 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 20 replies · 1,813+ views
    mercurynews ^ | 04/17/2009 | Diane C. Lade
    A 5.5-ounce can of "holistic pheasant" cat food sells for $1.73 at a Fort Lauderdale, Fla., specialty pet food store. Three blocks away, you can get the same sized can of a supermarket chain brand cat food for 39 cents. Is the more expensive one better for your cat than the supermarket food? Not necessarily, at least according to eight dog and cat nutrition experts at seven well-known veterinary medical schools who were interviewed by Consumer Reports. The bottom line of the article in the magazine's March issue: "There are quality foods at every price point," says Jamie Kopf Hirsh,...
  • Dog Owners Are Warned About Chicken Jerky

    01/22/2009 2:46:59 AM PST · by JoeProBono · 38 replies · 1,566+ views
    washingtonpost ^ | Thursday, January 22, 2009
    The Food and Drug Administration continues to caution consumers about a potential connection between dogs becoming ill and the consumption of chicken jerky products (also described as chicken tenders, strips or treats) imported from China. The FDA issued a warning in September 2007 but does not have the authority to demand a recall. At least one firm in Australia has recalled its chicken jerky product, and the recall notification said the chicken jerky product was made in China. Symptoms include decreased activity, vomiting, diarrhea (sometimes with blood) and increased water consumption and urination. Although most dogs seem to recover, some...
  • FDA Continues to Receive Complaints About Chicken Jerky Products

    12/31/2008 8:09:08 PM PST · by JACKRUSSELL · 32 replies · 1,682+ views
    (Schaumburg, Ill.) — More than a year after warning consumers about a possible link between certain chicken jerky products imported from China and illness in dogs, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) continues to receive complaints from pet owners and veterinarians claiming these products are making dogs sick. In addition, the University of Sydney is currently investigating an association between illness in dogs and the consumption of chicken jerky after recent complaints in Australia, and one Australian firm has recalled their chicken jerky product, which the company says was manufactured in China. In a statement released Friday afternoon, the FDA...
  • Appeals may delay payments in pet food case ($24m settlement money held up)

    12/31/2008 5:37:14 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 5 replies · 368+ views
    Newsday ^ | 12/30/08 | GEOFF MULVIHILL
    Appeals may delay payments in pet food case By GEOFF MULVIHILL | Associated Press Writer 2:56 PM EST, December 30, 2008 MOUNT LAUREL, N.J. - More than 23,000 pet owners in the United States have asked for money from a $24 million settlement for owners of dogs and cats who were sickened or died after eating pet food contaminated with an industrial chemical.
  • Pet Food Recall - MARS Brand (see list)

    09/13/2008 11:46:08 PM PDT · by stlnative · 31 replies · 528+ views
    MARS PETCARE US ^ | 9/12/08 | MARS PETCARE US
    Please find recalled pet food UPC information below. The products listed below are made at our Everson facility on behalf of a variety of retailers. All code dates, with the exception of PEDIGREE®, are listed in a similar format as noted below: Consumers should look for “17” as the first two digits of the second line. Sample: Best By Feb 18 09 17 1445 1 For PEDIGREE® the Everson code date format is as follows: Consumers should look for “PAE” on the bottom line – the sixth, seventh and eighth digits. Sample: PEDIGREE ® Small Crunchy Bites Best Before 02/2009...
  • 3 Companies Indicted In Pet Food Case

    02/06/2008 1:57:19 PM PST · by khnyny · 7 replies · 88+ views
    WTOP News ^ | February 6, 2008 | AP
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Two Chinese businesses and a U.S. company were indicted Wednesday in the tainted pet food incidents that killed dozens of animals last year and raised worries about products made in China. Xuzhou Anying Biologic Technology Development Co., Suzhou Textiles, Silk, Light Industrial Products, Arts and Crafts I/E Co., and Las Vegas-based ChemNutra Inc. were charged in two separate but related indictments. The U.S. attorney's office in Kansas City said the tainted food led to the death and serious illness of pets in the U.S. last year. One of the indictments charges Xuzhou Anying Biologic, located...
  • Panels Reflect on Recalls of Pet Food

    08/21/2007 6:46:05 PM PDT · by JACKRUSSELL · 4 replies · 247+ views
    AVMA journals / JAVMA News ^ | September 1, 2007 | AVMA journals / JAVMA News
    AVMA, ACVIM offer opportunities to review the situation. Successes and failures in responding to the recalls of pet food were the subject of a panel at the AVMA Annual Convention in July. The recalls also were the topic of a panel during the June forum of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. Earlier in the year, ingredients from China that contained adulterants went into pet food in the United States. The manufacturers of the pet food, starting with Menu Foods, issued recalls after finding an association with renal disease. The situation has contributed to calls for more resources to...
  • Wal-Mart Removes Bestro Chicken Jerky Strips After Dog Death (New Pet Food Recall!)

    08/17/2007 9:17:16 AM PDT · by Milwaukee_Guy · 176 replies · 6,480+ views
    Itchmo: News For Cats and Dogs ^ | Friday August 17, 2007 | Milwaukee_Guy
    A Philadelphia woman says her dog died after eating tainted dog food treats (Bestro Chicken Jerky Strips) bought from Wal-Mart. Wal-Mart has quietly pulled the made in China dog treat from its stores named Bestro Chicken Jerky Strips. There has been no announcement to the public as of yet. It is also uncertain of how many tainted bags of treats there may still be out among consumers. more .....
  • Found it! Safe Cat Food List - Products NOT included in the Cat Food Recall.

    07/06/2007 4:45:14 AM PDT · by yankeedame · 27 replies · 2,674+ views
    Safe Cat Food List - Products not included in the Cat Food Recall. Click to view the Cat Food Review and Cat Food Ratings Acana Pet Foods Active Care Cat Food Advanced Pet Diets Select Choice Artemis - Holistic Cat Food AUNT JENI'S Cat Food AvoDerm Natural Cat Food Azmira Holistic Animal Care Cat Food Back to Basics Cat Food Bench & Field Cat Food Bil-Jac Cat Food Blackwood & Adirondack cat foods Blue Seal® branded canned pet products Brandon Farms® brand of organic dry and canned foods Bravo Cat Food Breeder's Choice Cat Food Burns Natural Cat Food By...
  • DYI: Dog Food/Cat Food Recipes (Until we can figure out what commerical petfoods are safe)

    07/06/2007 4:20:34 AM PDT · by yankeedame · 12 replies · 1,668+ views
    US Recall News A Blog About Private and Government Recalls on consumer products, pharmaceutical drugs, food, autos and more. Tuesday, April 03, 2007 How to Make Your Own Dog and Cat Food the Simple Way Since we obviously can't trust the so-called "dog food" and "cat food" manufacturers to supply our pets with sustenance that doesn't contain of ingredients that can kill them, we might just be forced to make our own. But don't worry - it's easier than you think! (click here for a list of dogfood recalls , and click here for a list of catfood recalls)...
  • Tests Find Painkiller in Pet Food (acetaminophen)

    06/10/2007 8:01:10 AM PDT · by greyfoxx39 · 52 replies · 1,714+ views
    Consumer Affairs.com ^ | June 8, 2007 | Lisa Wade McCormick
    There’s more troubling news for pet owners, who have worried for the past few months if the food they give their dogs and cats is safe. Or tainted with the chemical melamine, which can cause kidney failure or death. A Texas laboratory says it’s uncovered the pain killer acetaminophen in samples of pet food. According to a report by KTRK in Houston, technicians at the medical testing laboratory, EperTox, discovered the popular pain killer is at least a half dozen pet food samples. The Deer Park, Texas, laboratory did not disclose the brands of the foods tested because of a...
  • China Ex-Food and Drug Safety Chief Sentenced To Death

    05/29/2007 5:53:30 AM PDT · by Milwaukee_Guy · 26 replies · 1,328+ views
    Reuters ^ | Tuesday May 29, 2007 | Milwaukee_Guy
    BEIJING (Reuters) - China sentenced the former head of its food and drugs agency to death for corruption on Tuesday in a surprise judgment as the government sought to contain a wave of scandals over health safety. Zheng Xiaoyu, former head of the State Food and Drug Administration, was convicted on charges of taking bribes and dereliction of duty, Xinhua news agency reported, citing the Beijing Municipal No. 1 Intermediate People's Court. The sentence, which was unusually harsh, could still be reduced on appeal. But it reflects the weight China's top leaders are giving to the issues of corruption and...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Lab Reports Cyanuric Acid In Unrecalled Dry Pet Food (Seeking Unopened Samples!)

    05/24/2007 7:23:18 PM PDT · by Milwaukee_Guy · 92 replies · 4,071+ views
    Itchmo Blog Archive ^ | Thursday May 24, 2007 | Milwaukee_Guy
    ORIGINAL POST: Itchmo has learned that a toxicology test reported the presence of cyanuric acid in an opened bag of what is alleged to be Iams Large Breed dry dog food. According to the report obtained by Itchmo, the results have been certified by a forensic toxicologist. We have obtained a copy of the toxicology report. Iams Large Breed does not list rice protein concentrate or wheat gluten as ingredients. ... This information requires verification and we are asking for your help. Itchmo is asking you to find an unopened 20 lb. bag of Iams Large Breed dry dog food...
  • What's safe to put in your pet's bowl?

    05/07/2007 4:00:32 PM PDT · by Dragonfly · 13 replies · 767+ views
    Seattle P-I ^ | May 6, 2007 | Cecelia Goodnow
    Last updated May 6, 2007 11:05 p.m. PT What's safe to put in your pet's bowl? Weeks after tainted food killed dogs and cats, trust shaken but few answers By CECELIA GOODNOW P-I REPORTER Ohio electrician James Spratt sailed to London in 1860 to sell lightning rods, but the sight of quayside dogs scrabbling for scraps set him on a more momentous course. We know him today as the inventor of commercial pet food. Now the industry Spratt inspired has itself become a lightning rod -- for distressed and angry animal lovers who wonder what to feed their pets as...
  • Menu Foods Recall Expands Dramatically Due to Cross-Contamination

    05/03/2007 7:46:11 AM PDT · by Milwaukee_Guy · 64 replies · 2,065+ views
    Itchmo Pet Blog ^ | Thursday May 3, 2007 | Milwaukee_Guy
    UPDATE: The expansion expands again. Menu Foods’ own press releases do NOT match up with their recall expansion list. Pet Food Tracker and PetSitUSA have worked the last several hours checking the lists and added several more brands to the recall expansion. Our recall list is now updated. Again. ORIGINAL POST: This recall expansion covers dozens of new brands and foods — wet foods only — citing cross-contamination (corrected). This announcement comes more than a month and a half after the initial recall. The recall also expanded to include 2 varieties in Europe.
  • Tainted pet food linked to Indiana chickens-(from China with love)

    04/30/2007 9:15:08 PM PDT · by Flavius · 119 replies · 2,416+ views
    abc ^ | 4/30/07 | abc
    30 broiler poultry farms and eight breeder poultry farms in Indiana contained
  • Pet-Food Recall: Timing and Triggers (Iams Blew the Whistle!)

    04/26/2007 10:08:18 AM PDT · by Milwaukee_Guy · 114 replies · 3,918+ views
    Pet Connection Blog ^ | Thursday April 26, 2007 | Milwaukee_Guy
    In Tuesday’s four-hour session of live-blogging the food-safety hearing in the U.S. House of Representatives – work from which her wrists have yet to recover – Christie found herself typing something we at the PetConnection first heard weeks ago, but couldn’t get confirmation on until it came up in the hearing: Without Iams, there might not have been a recall at all. In sworn testimony, Menu Foods CEO Paul Henderson admitted that his company called the recall because Iams told them they’d had enough, that their own quality internal systems had revealed a problem, and that they were pulling their...
  • N.C. Hogs Got Food Tainted With Melamine (From China!)

    04/24/2007 2:22:37 PM PDT · by Milwaukee_Guy · 90 replies · 1,714+ views
    Charlotte Observer ^ | Tuesday April 24, 2007 | Milwaukee_Guy
    Hogs at a western North Carolina farm have tested positive for melamine, the industrial chemical blamed for killing and sickening dogs and cats that ate it in their food. North Carolina Department of Agriculture officials said that none of the hogs that ate the tainted food have entered the food chain for human consumption. The department has quarantined the farm, which has about 1,400 hogs, until it the U.S. Food and Drug Administration can advise what to do next.
  • FDA Asks if Pet Food Tainted on Purpose

    04/21/2007 11:22:07 PM PDT · by familyop · 32 replies · 1,282+ views
    Associated Press by way of Forbes ^ | 20APR07 | Andrew Bridges
    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. In California, state agriculture officials placed a hog farm under quarantine after melamine was found in pig urine there. Additional testing was under way to determine whether the chemical was present in the meat produced by American Hog Farm...
  • Criminal Probe Opened in Pet Food Scare (FDA Says Charges Possible; Tainted Pork Confirmed in Calif)

    04/21/2007 4:53:05 PM PDT · by Arizona Carolyn · 74 replies · 2,257+ views
    Washington Post ^ | Saturday, April 21, 2007; Page A10 | Patricia Sullivan
    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 more.....
  • Will China's poisoned pet food lead next to human food chain?

    04/21/2007 3:19:07 PM PDT · by Flavius · 72 replies · 1,404+ views
    canadafreepress ^ | April 20, 2007 | By Judi McLeod
    hemNutra, the Las Vegas importer of the contaminated wheat gluten that led to the original 100-plus packaged pet food recallÑalso imports pet sickening rice protein concentrate from China, "though from another source". "The company has been testing those shipments," according to spokesman Steve Stern. (Andrew Bridges, AP, April 18, 2007). In other words, ChemNutra, whose Chinese headquarters are within 50 miles of wheat gluten-producing Xuhou Anying Biologic Technology Development Co. Ltd., is up to its bag brim in the rice gluten poison pet food scandal. Binzhou Futian Biology Technology Co. Ltd. is suspected as the company making the rice protein....
  • Unsafe to eat

    04/21/2007 4:41:44 AM PDT · by Flavius · 47 replies · 1,424+ views
    editorial ^ | 4/20/07 | courier
    Yet another pet food brand, Natural Balance, has been found to contain melamine, an industrial chemical. Another yet again, the contaminated ingredient has been traced to China.With over 100 brands of cat and dog food being recalled, we're beginning to wonder if it's safe to feed our pets anything at all. Thousands of animals have been affected by the chemical and dozens have died. Terrifying as the tainted pet food scandal has been for those who love their animals, there's an even more frightening fact to consider: China also exports food consumed by human beings. This week it's your dog;...
  • Starting A Pet Food Recall Ping List

    04/20/2007 6:31:23 AM PDT · by mom4kittys · 146 replies · 1,536+ views
    With the news changing daily about the tainted pet food, Arizona Carolyn and I are starting a ping list to be published on her profile page. Please let us know if you would like to be included. I will not be able to respond until later today and over the weekend.
  • Pet food probe turns to possibility of fraud

    04/19/2007 4:58:56 PM PDT · by Arizona Carolyn · 161 replies · 3,310+ views
    Baltimore Sun.Com ^ | April 19, 2007 | By Jonathan D. Rockoff
    WASHINGTON // Federal investigators are probing whether Chinese producers laced a key ingredient in pet food with an industrial chemical in order to boost the price of their shipments snip Referring to the contamination that has prompted the recall of more than 100 brands of pet food, investigators are trying to determine whether Chinese producers purposely added melamine to their wheat gluten shipments to Menu Foods. more.....
  • Contaminated Corn Gluten Found In South Africa (Source - China!)

    04/19/2007 4:14:19 PM PDT · by Milwaukee_Guy · 32 replies · 2,436+ views
    News 24 - South Africa ^ | Thursday April 19, 2007 | Milwaukee_Guy
    Johannesburg - Tests have confirmed that Vets Choice and Royal Canin dog and cat dry pet-food products contained corn gluten contaminated with melamine, says the manufacturer. The contaminated corn gluten was delivered to Royal Canin by a South African third-party supplier and appears to have originated from China.
  • Chemical Found in Second Pet Food Ingredient, Recall Expanded

    04/18/2007 7:59:23 PM PDT · by nmh · 210 replies · 9,247+ views
    http://www.foxnews.com ^ | Wednesday, April 18, 2007 | Associated Press
    ... The chemical, melamine, is believed to have contaminated rice protein concentrate used to make a variety of Natural Balance Pet Foods products for both dogs and cats, the Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday. Previously, the chemical was found to contaminate wheat gluten used by at least six other pet food and treat manufacturers. Both ingredients were imported from China, though by different companies and from different manufacturers. A lawmaker said Wednesday the Chinese have refused to grant visas to FDA inspectors seeking to visit the plants where the ingredients were made. An FDA spokesman later said the visas...
  • Natural Balance Pulling Venison Formulas (Pet Food Firestorm!)

    04/16/2007 6:03:26 AM PDT · by Milwaukee_Guy · 68 replies · 3,353+ views
    Itchmo ^ | Monday April 15, 2007 | Milwaukee_Guy
    Itchmo has confirmed an email from Natural Balance that they are removing two products from sale: Venison and Brown Rice Dry Dog Formula Venison and Green Pea Dry Dog Cat Formula These products do not contain wheat gluten. No deaths or serious illnesses have been reported and no recall warning has been issued. The warning applies only to products sold in the last week, according to Natural Balance. "Please know that at this time we are removing this product from the shelves, as we have had some phone calls indicating gastric upset after eating this formula. At this time, we...
  • Pet Food Crisis Highlights Chinese Food Safety Woes

    04/13/2007 8:53:34 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies · 696+ views
    Fox News ^ | April 13, 2007
    SHANGHAI, China — 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. In recent weeks, scores of cats and dogs in America have died of kidney failure blamed on eating pet food containing gluten from China that was tainted with melamine, a chemical used in plastics, fertilizers and flame...
  • How Close Was Tainted Wheat To Human Food?

    04/13/2007 6:14:54 AM PDT · by Milwaukee_Guy · 227 replies · 5,433+ views
    CBS News ^ | Friday April 13, 2007 | Milwaukee_Guy
    "...sources tell CBS News that the FDA had tracked at least one suspect batch of wheat gluten into the human food supply, quietly quarantined some products and notified the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention to watch for new patients admitted to hospitals with renal or kidney failure."
  • Menu Foods CFO sold stock before pet food recall

    04/11/2007 8:45:48 AM PDT · by DogBarkTree · 36 replies · 1,963+ views
    CTV.ca ^ | 4/10/07
    The chief financial officer of Menu Foods Income Fund says it was a "horrible coincidence" that he sold nearly half his units in the pet food company less than three weeks before a massive product recall. Insider trading reports confirm that Mark Wiens sold 14,000 units, or 45 per cent of his stock, for $102,900 on Feb. 26 and Feb. 27, reports The Globe and Mail. The shares would be worth $62,440 at current prices. Wiens still owned 17,193 units and options to purchase 101,812 units after the sale. "It's a horrible coincidence, yes . . ." Wiens told The...
  • Another Contaminant?? - Chinese criticized in pet food probe (Pet Food Recall)

    04/11/2007 2:28:57 AM PDT · by BagCamAddict · 40 replies · 672+ views
    Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | 4-11-07 | Karen Roebuck
    Dr. Richard Goldstein, associate professor of medicine at Cornell University's College of Veterinary Medicine and kidney specialist researching the outbreak's health impact on pets, and other researchers saw what they believe is a second contaminant in the gluten and the urine of infected animals, but have yet to identify it. Xuzhou Anying's Website said it also exports carrots, garlic, ginger, corn protein powder, vegetables and feed. Chinese officials have not responded to the U.S. government's question about whether any products other than wheat gluten were shipped here. Under the microscope and even to the naked eye, the contaminated gluten looks...
  • PET FOOD MELTDOWN - Menu Foods Expands Recall — Yet Again!

    04/10/2007 5:56:49 PM PDT · by Milwaukee_Guy · 65 replies · 1,350+ views
    Itchmo Pet Blog ^ | Tuesday April 10, 2007 | Milwaukee_Guy
    The revised recall includes cat food brands from Nutro, Publix, America’s Choice, Pet Pride, Winn Dixie and more. What was that FDA? We’re done with the recalls? We can’t wait to hear what you have to say at the Senate hearing. Menu Foods voluntarily recalls additional pet food made with ChemNutra wheat gluten TORONTO, April 10 /PRNewswire/ - Prompted by reports from the US Food and Drug Administration as to the presence of melamine in cans of cuts and gravy pet food produced in Menu Foods’ Canadian production facility, Menu Foods undertook an accounting of all recalled wheat gluten supplied...