Jim and I have been taking this poetry class and one lesson was on haiku. So I thought I'd share two of them that I wrote, since they are cat-related.
four cats on the bed
bundles of sweet, kitty warmth
purring on the floor
Lewie let me pick him up
I am so glad
"A cat has absolute emotional honesty; human beings, for
one reason or another, may hide their feelings, but a cat
does not." -- Ernest Hemingway
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Pros and Cons of Hiring Housecats
to Drive New York City Cabs
list of 10 items
1. Will work all day for a tin of sardines.
2. Have excellent night vision. Won't even need to turn on headlights to drive at night.
3. Can tip them with a hunk of liver or piece of string.
4. Can tell when cat is pleased with tip by pleasant purring sound.
5. Cats have excellent reflexes, perfect for hectic city streets.
6. They're neat, and can keep themselves clean all day with their tongue.
7. Won't have to leave cab to go to bathroom. Can keep a small box of kitty litter on front seat for bathroom needs.
8. If they drive too fast, or try to take you on a round-about trip to jack-up the fare, you can simply grab them by scruff of neck and make them freeze.
9. If they ever go into a high speed roll, cats will be able to land cab back on its four wheels.
10. Names like Mittens, Frisky, and Bailey much easier to remember than those difficult foreign names.
list of 10 items
1. Same language problems as with current cabbies.
2. Fish breath.
3. While speeding along, cat might see a small piece of paper and go speeding after it.
4. Cats never come when they're called.
5. Cat might try to crash cab into dog runs in an attempt to take out as many dogs as possible.
6. Annoying habit of coughing up fur balls when stopped at light.
7. On cold days, cats might spend whole day parked over a warm, steaming grate.
8. Cats might not care if they get into accidents, thinking they have a lives to spare.
9. Always turning the radio up way too loud when cat food commercials come on.
10. Cat might get distracted by dice hanging in rearview mirror, start swatting at it, and cause accident.
Wendy Christensen, The Cat Herder^(TM)
Cultural Ailurologist, Writer, Illustrator, Photographer
Got Cats? You need... "Outwitting Cats: Tips, Tricks and
Techniques for Persuading the Felines in your Life That
What YOU Want is also what THEY Want" (Lyons, 2004)
More pet food recall info:
do you think he knew something we didn't know????
Toronto news just reported that the Menu Foods CFO sold half of his
the company just a mere 3 weeks before it all hit the fan.
if that link doesn't work, go to ctv.ca, scroll down to the white box
left showing news in Canada, and click on the story there.
Some Canadian news:
The wife of our New Democratic Party (the left-leaning mainstream
party), Olivia Chow, is also a Member of Parliament. She is pressing
for a change in laws regulating production of pet food and has
launched a YouTube video calling for the public to sign a petition.
An article in the Toronto Star features pet food recipes:
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Hi -- someone just posted this to fanciershealh....
>>Is there someone who is following the pet recall on all the lists?
like to get this link cross-posted to any pet list. Anyone in the US
or Canada who has a complaint may join in a class action suit for no
cost. This site also has a complete list of all the tainted and
suspected tainted foods.
If you can forward this link to dog lists. please do so.
Recall on Dingo Chicken Jerky Treats
Eight In One, Inc has issued a voluntary recall of Dingo CHICK"N JERKY
treats due to the concern that the jerky treats have the potential be
contaminated with Salmonella. This includes the following treats:
CHICK'N JERKY 3.5oz and 8oz for dogs
Kitty CHICKEN JERKY 1.5 oz
Ferret CHICKEN JERKY 1.5oz
The company voluntarily recalled these products out of an abundance of
caution and to protect the health of its customers and pets. Consumers
should immediately stop feeding these treats to their pets and discard
You can obtain information regarding a refund for these products by
Salmonella is a serious infection in dogs and cats that can potentially
transferred to people handling these pet treats, especially if they
thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products or
surfaces exposed to these products. Healthy people infected with
can have some or all of the following symptoms:
Diarrhea or bloody diarrhea
Rarely, Salmonella can result in more serious ailments.
Pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or
diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Some pets may have only decreased
fever and abdominal pain. Some Salmonella infected animals may appear
and not show any signs of illness but become carriers, and serve as
of Salmonella infection for other animals and humans.
If your pet exhibits any of these symptoms call your veterinarian
If you have any questions concerning your purchase of Dingo Chicken
or other pet product recalls call us at: 800-786-4751 or check our
. We are "Your Personal, Professional Pet Care
The Revival Animal Health Team
Ruby ~ Dr. InaNorma Yanez, CH.t
Please visit my eclectic blog:
I took a look; this site has a simple form that people can fill out to
report pet illness and/or death, and to join in the class action
lawsuit if they
choose. I don't know anything about the Merchant Law Group, but many
have lost pets and have not been reimbursed for their vet bills as Menu
has promised, nor is there any system in place by Menu Foods for
request reimbursement. Of course, no amount of money will reimburse pet
owners for their heartbreak, but I can't help but think Menu Foods will
avoid living up to their promises, particularly when they realize the
the deaths and illnesses. (On the other hand, in a class action lawsuit
usually it's the lawyers who get the bulk of the money.)
"Merchant Law Group has launched court proceedings against the
of numerous brands of pet food (Menu Foods), alleging that millions of
containers of its product pose a danger to the health of cats and dogs,
unsafe for pets to eat.
These lawsuits include the first claim filed with the Montreal Court on
22, 2007, under Court file no. 500-06-000392-072, as well as Statements
Claim filed with the Courts in other jurisdictions.
There has been a recall warning issued for 'cuts and gravy style' pet
manufactured by Menu Foods, which manufacture Iams, Eukanuba and many
brands of dog and cat food, after a number of reports of pets suffering
effects, including but not limited to sickness, vomiting, kidney
Merchant Law Group has, thus far, been contacted by over 1,400
with concerns over the use of these products."
More pet food recall info:
Note:I have been contacted with the question "which products are okay for dogs?" Since this is a cat site, I do not know, but some of the links presented here might give that information.
P&G Pet Care Update 4/6/2007
April 6, 2007
As promised, we are continuing to keep you updated on the Menu Foods recall.
On April 5, 2007, Menu Foods amended its cuts-and-gravy pet food recall to
include food manufactured beginning November 8, 2006.
No new Iams or Eukanuba products have been added to the recall list. In
accordance with Menu Foods’ amendment, P&G Pet Care has amended the voluntary
recall dates in the United States and Canada on previously recalled Iams and
Eukanuba canned and foil pouch “wet” cuts-and-gravy-style cat and dog food
products manufactured by the affected Menu Foods plant. The amended code dates
are 6312 through 7073 followed by the plant code 4197.
No Iams or Eukanuba dry pet food products have been affected by the Menu
Foods recall or this amended Menu Foods recall. P&G Pet Care already implemented
a full voluntary recall of the affected wet products from store shelves in
the U.S. and Canada. As a result of these precautionary measures, all the dry
and wet pet foods that P&G Pet Care continues to sell do not contain wheat
gluten ingredients from any supplier.
For a complete list of affected products, go to the Menu Foods Web site at:
We want to stress again that you can confidently feed all of your pets any of
our dry foods, as well as the wet foods not affected by the Menu Foods
recall. If you have any questions about the recalled products, please _click here_
see the specific list of recalled wet pouch and canned products.
P&G Pet Care is deeply committed to pet well-being and our top priority is
to help you care for your dog and cat family members. We will continue to
provide you with meaningful updates. If you have additional questions, not
answered on our Web site _FAQs_
) , please call us at 1-800-882-1591.
P&G Pet Care
New Information on Menu Foods Recall from Waggin Tails
Dear Waggin Tails Customers
Since we wrote you last week about the pet food recalls, we have heard from many of you who are understandably confused and concerned about what to feed
your animal companions and which brands you can trust. We apologize for the length of this email, however there is much information to provide you with.
We have suspended sales of numerous brands and have provided that detail below.
We want to clarify one point, which seems to have been misunderstood from our last email. Menu Foods produces all types of pet food, from grocery economy
brands to the best holistic brands. This is the same in both the human food world and pet food world. The fact that high quality holistic brands are being
made by Menu Foods is in no way an indication that they are somehow not the quality you previously perceived them to be. Manufacturers develop recipes,
source ingredients, set quality control standards and then give that formula to a co-packer or producer such as Menu Foods who makes the product to their
specifications. Very few companies actually manufacture their own product, especially smaller holistic and organic brands.
The brands that we carry have been and will continue to be leaders in the holistic pet food industry. It would be a tragedy for anyone to conclude from
this recall that all pet food is the same. There is nothing that could be further from the truth. In fact, we feel confident that in the end, we will
all find that this recall was caused by inferior sourced ingredients by economy minded manufacturers.
However, in that there is still no conclusive explanation from the FDA or the AVMA of what happened and why, we will continue to suspend sales of any
product made by Menu Foods for any Manufacturer (even if they do not contain wheat gluten). We need to be clear that these brands are NOT recalled.
As soon as there is definitive information about the exact nature of the contamination, we will reinstate the brands temporarily taken down from our site
We do feel 100% confident that the manufacturers we carry on our website have your pet’s health as their number 1 priority and make products with that
mission in mind. Having said that, we will be asking very hard questions about quality standards and give you our word that any product made by a company
that either cannot or will not answer those questions will be permanently taken down from our site. In the coming weeks, we will be posting each company's
quality assurance statement on our site so that you can be aware of where the product is made, where the ingredients come from and what quality control
measures are in place.
This article was sent to you by someone who found it on SFGate.
The original article can be found on SFGate.com here:
Tuesday, April 3, 2007 (SF Gate)
YOUR WHOLE PET/Bigger than you think: The story behind the pet food recall
By Christie Keith, Special to SF Gate
The March 16 recall of 91 pet food products manufactured by Menu Foods
wasn't big news at first. Early coverage reported only 10-15 cats and dogs
dying after eating canned and pouched foods manufactured by Menu. The
foods were recalled -- among them some of the country's best-known and
biggest-selling brands -- and while it was certainly a sad story, and
maybe even a bit of a wake-up call about some aspects of pet food
manufacturing, that was about it.
At first, that was it for me, too. But I'm a contributing editor for a
nationally syndicated pet feature, Universal Press Syndicate's Pet
Connection, and all of us there have close ties to the veterinary
profession. Two of our contributors are vets themselves, including Dr.
Marty Becker, the vet on "Good Morning America." And what we were hearing
from veterinarians wasn't matching what we were hearing on the news.
When we started digging into the story, it quickly became clear that the
implications of the recall were much larger than they first appeared. Most
critically, it turned out that the initially reported tally of dead
animals only included the cats and dogs who died in Menu's test lab and
not the much larger number of affected pets.
Second, the timeline of the recall raised a number of concerns. Although
there have been some media reports that Menu Foods started getting
complaints as early as December 2006, FDA records state the company
received their first report of a food-related pet death on February 20.
One week later, on February 27, Menu started testing the suspect foods.
Three days later, on March 3, the first cat in the trial died of acute
kidney failure. Three days after that, Menu switched wheat gluten
suppliers, and 10 days later, on March 16, recalled the 91 products that
contained gluten from their previous source.
Nearly one month passed from the date Menu got its first report of a death
to the date it issued the recall. During that time, no veterinarians were
warned to be on the lookout for unusual numbers of kidney failure in their
patients. No pet owners were warned to watch their pets for its symptoms.
And thousands and thousands of pet owners kept buying those foods and
giving them to their dogs and cats.
At that point, Menu had seen a 35 percent death rate in their test-lab
cats, with another 45 percent suffering kidney damage. The overall death
rate for animals in Menu's tests was around 20 percent. How many pets,
eating those recalled foods, had died, become ill or suffered kidney
damage in the time leading up to the recall and in the days since? The
answer to that hasn't changed since the day the recall was issued: We
We at Pet Connection knew the 10-15 deaths being reported by the media did
not reflect an accurate count. We wanted to get an idea of the real scope
of the problem, so we started a database for people to report their dead
or sick pets. On March 21, two days after opening the database, we had
over 600 reported cases and more than 200 reported deaths. As of March 31,
the number of deaths alone was at 2,797.
There are all kinds of problems with self-reported cases, and while we did
correct for a couple of them, our numbers are not considered "confirmed."
But USA Today reported on March 25 that data from Banfield, a nationwide
chain of over 600 veterinary hospitals, "suggests [the number of cases of
kidney failure] is as high as hundreds a week during the three months the
food was on the market."
On March 28, "NBC News" featured California veterinarian Paul Pion, who
surveyed the 30,000 members of his national Veterinary Information Network
and told anchor Tom Costello, "If what veterinarians are suspecting are
cases, then it's much larger than anything we've seen before." Costello
commented that it amounted to "potentially thousands of sick or dead
The FDA was asked about the numbers at a press conference it held on
Friday morning to announce that melamine had been found in the urine and
tissues of some affected animals as well as in the foods they tested. Dr.
Stephen Sundlof, director of the Center for Veterinary Medicine, told
reporters that the FDA couldn't confirm any cases beyond the first few,
even though they had received over 8,800 additional reports, because "we
have not had the luxury of confirming these reports." They would work on
that, he said, after they "make sure all the product is off the shelves."
He pointed out that in human medicine, the job of defining what
constitutes a confirmed case would fall to the Centers for Disease
Control, but there is no CDC for animals.
Instead, pet owners were encouraged to report deaths and illness to the
FDA. But when they tried to file reports, there was no place on the
agency's Web site to do so and nothing but endless busy signals when
people tried to call.
Veterinarians didn't fare much better. They were asked to report cases to
their state veterinarian's office, but one feline veterinary blog,
vetcetera, which surveyed all official state veterinarian Web sites, found
that only eight had any independent information about the recall, and only
24 even mentioned it at all. Only one state, Vermont, had a request on
their site for veterinarians to report pets whose illnesses or deaths they
suspect are related to the recall. And as of today, there is no longer a
notice that veterinarians should report suspected cases to their state
veterinarians on the Web site of the American Veterinary Medical
The lack of any notification system was extremely hard on veterinarians,
many of whom first heard about the problem on the news or from their
clients. Professional groups such as the Veterinary Information Network
were crucial in disseminating information about the recall to their
members, but not all vets belong to VIN, and not all vets log on to VIN on
the weekend (the Menu press release, like most corporate or government bad
news, was issued on a Friday).
But however difficult this recall has been for veterinarians, no one has
felt its impact more than the owners of affected dogs and cats. While the
pet media and bloggers continued to push the story, the most powerful
force driving it was the grief of pet owners, many of them fueled by anger
because they felt that their pet's death or illness wasn't being counted.
Many of them were also being driven by a feeling of guilt. At Pet
Connection, we received a flood of stories from owners whose pets became
ill with kidney failure, and who took them to the vet. The dogs or cats
were hospitalized and treated, often at great expense -- sometimes into
the thousands of dollars -- and then, when they were finally well enough,
For some, the story ended there. But for others, there was one more
horrifying chapter. Because kidney failure causes nausea, it's often hard
to get recovering pets to eat. So a lot of these owners got down on their
hands and knees and coaxed and begged and eventually hand-fed their pets
the very same food that had made them sick. Those animals ended up right
back in the hospital and died, because their loving owners didn't know
that the food was tainted.
To many pet owners, the pet food recall story is a personal tragedy about
the potentially avoidable loss of a beloved dog or cat. Others have a hard
time seeing the story as anything more than that -- with implications
beyond the feelings of those grieving pet owners. Which brings us to the
bigger picture, and questions -- not about what happened but about the
How did this problem, now involving almost every large pet food company in
the United States, including some of the most trusted -- and expensive --
brands, get so out of hand? How come pet owners weren't informed more
rapidly about the contaminated pet food? Why is it so hard to get accurate
numbers of affected animals? Why didn't veterinarians get any
notification? Where did the system break down?
The issue may not be that the system broke down, but that there isn't
really a system.
There is, as the FDA pointed out, no veterinary version of the CDC. This
meant the FDA kept confirming a number it had to have known was only the
tip of the iceberg. It prevented veterinarians from having the information
they needed to treat their patients and advise pet owners. It allowed the
media to repeat a misleadingly low number, creating a false sense of
security in pet owners -- and preventing a lot of people from really
grasping the scope and implication of the problem.
And it was why Rosie O'Donnell felt free to comment last week on "The
View": "Fifteen cats and one dog have died, and it's been all over the
news. And you know, since that date, 29 soldiers have died, and we haven't
heard much about them. No. I think that we have the wrong focus in the
country. That when pets are killed in America from some horrific poisoning
accident, 16 of them, it's all over the news and people are like, 'The
kitty! It's so sad.' Twenty-nine sons and daughters killed since that day,
it's not newsworthy. I don't understand."
In fact, Rosie didn't understand. She didn't understand that the same
government she blames for sending America's sons and daughters to die in
Iraq is the government that told her only 15 animals had died, and that
the story was about a pet "poisoning accident" and not a systemic failure
of FEMA-esque proportions.
Think that's going too far? Maybe not. On Sunday night, April 1, Pet
Connection got a report from one of its blog readers, Joy Drawdy, who said
that she had found an import alert buried on the FDA Web site. That alert,
issued on Friday, the same day that the FDA held its last press conference
about the recall, identified the Chinese company that is the source of the
contaminated gluten -- gluten that is now known to be sold not only for
use in animal feed, but in human food products, too. (The Chinese company
is now denying that they are responsible, although they are investigating
Although the FDA said on Friday it has no reason to think the contaminated
gluten found its way into the human food supply, Sundlof told reporters
that it couldn't be ruled out. He also assured us that they would notify
the public as soon as they had any more information -- except, of course,
that they did have more information and didn't give it to us, publishing
it instead as an obscure import alert, found by chance by a concerned pet
owner, which was then spread to the larger media.
All of which begs the question: If a system to report and track had been
in place for animal illness, would this issue have emerged sooner? Even
lacking a reporting and tracking system, if the initial news reports had
included, as so many human stories do, suspected or estimated cases from
credible sources, it's likely this story would have been taken more
seriously and not just by Rosie O'Donnell. It may turn out that our dogs
and cats were the canaries in the coal mine of an enormous system failure
-- one that could have profound impacts on American food manufacturing and
safety in the years to come.
Christie Keith is a contributing editor for Universal Press Syndicate's
Pet Connection and past director of the Pet Care Forum on America Online.
She lives in San Francisco.
This is a good column written by veterinarian, Dr. Chris Duke, and was online at the News Sentenial, Fort Wayne IN.
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So what's the latest on the pet food recall?
By Dr. Chris Duke
In our practice, we have been very busy lately fielding phone calls, treating possible cases related to - and yes, calming fears with regard to - the pet
food recall. No, I can't tell you all there is to know about the recall that has made the news over the past couple of weeks, but I can share what I do
Let's begin with the basic facts of the situation as they have unfolded.
Back on March 16, Menu Foods made a recall of many brands of both dog and cat foods of its "cuts and gravy" style of products. While this recall has expanded
to include more than 90 brands of pet food across the manufacturing spectrum (53 of them dog food brands), this represents those pet foods packaged in
Emporia, Kan., between Dec. 3, 2006, and March 6, 2007. Of all commercially available pet foods, this represents only 1 percent of the market. No dry foods
(the majority of pet foods on the market) have been affected.
Studies have identified the causative agent in the tainted pet foods as aminopterin, a rodenticide used for pest control purposes outside the U.S. The FDA
stated that as of last Friday, March, 23, 2007, that nationally, the substance may have contributed to 16 animal deaths.
Most reported cases have involved cats and small dogs. This could either be because of the relatively smaller amount that can affect these pets vs. larger
ones, or the fact that these pets may be likely to receive these types of foods in their diets.
So what symptoms are pet owners likely to see if they believe their pet is affected? Anorexia, lethargy, vomiting, diarrhea, changes in water consumption
and urination habits. The life-threatening feature of the toxin is kidney failure. If a pet owner suspects these symptoms may be linked to the food they
may have fed their pet, they are encouraged to have their veterinarian run a blood test and urinalysis, so as to check the integrity of the kidneys.
Furthermore, the pet owner is asked to do the following:
_ Retain food samples for analysis.
_ Document product name, type of product and manufacturing information, saving purchase receipts, date codes or production lot numbers.
_Document product consumption - as in when the product was fed, time and relative onset of signs afterwards, and feeding methods (including other foods
in the mix).
Dr. Sandra Willis, DVM, communications chair for the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, stated that owners shouldn't panic, as there are
a wide variety of reasons a pet might exhibit some or all of these symptoms. I agree. It may comfort some local pet owners that at our practice, we have
yet to see a case of kidney disease linked to these pet foods. We have had several pet owners ask us to test their pets to verify their kidney status,
but have luckily had no related confirmations.
I personally however, have diagnosed a case of heartworm disease, a bladder infection, and, on Monday, a Parvovirus case on three separate dogs of which
the owners thought the food was to blame. So, I guess we need to stay open-minded when it comes to diagnostics on pets that are having difficulty with
gastrointestinal or urinary tract disease during this suspicious time.
So what should a pet owner do if they have some of the pet food on the recall list? Return the food to where you bought it. How do you know whether that
food is on the recall list?
Visit the AVMA Web site at
, and view the list. Another helpful Web site, which has more information regarding the topic of aminopterin is the ASPCA Web site:
For those concerned directly with the manufacturer, or without a personal computer, you may call Menu Foods at 1-866-895-2708. We earnestly pray that we've
already seen the worst, and the recall of the involved foods was the first step in reversing the trend of these tragic pet deaths.
Dr. Chris Duke is a veterinarian at Bienville Animal Medical Center in Ocean Springs, Miss. Questions for this column are encouraged. Write to South Mississippi
Veterinary Medical Association, 20005 Pineville Road, Long Beach MS 39560 and include a self-addressed stamped envelope.
This morning I went to my favorite cat food shopping web site:
I love it because they list the ingredients and basic analysis for
every food they sell. I took a quick look through the dry foods, and
found the following. It's not so hard to find dry cat food that has
no wheat products in it at all.
Normally we can listen to Steve Dale on WGN.COM on Sunday nights.
Tuesday he's doing two shows c/o the Cat Writers Association and getting the
word out on the food recall. And you can hear those two shows online.
the first is with Greg Allen, who is a conservative show host (with sanity)
in Florida. He broadcasts on the web at www.therightbalance.org. Steve is
on 11:30 till 11:50 east coast time on Tuesday.
At 3:30 east coast time/12:30 west coast time, Steve is joining Shauna Ride
on www.greenstonemedia.com, which is the new radio station that Gloria Steinam
and Jane Fonda created.
I'm getting more releases out tonight.
coming spring 2007-PAWS FOR THOUGHT:
HOW TO UNDERSTAND WHAT YOUR CAT IS THINKING,
on Rockwell Books (featuring the Barbi Twins, Chastity Bono, Nina Blackwood,
Ian Anderson, Grand Funk Railroad, Ken Wahl, Boney Maroney, Dr. Monica
Mansfield, Fran Capo & more)
Remember: If you give a cat a fish, it eats for a day. If you teach a cat to
fish, it eats for a lifetime.
Hi cat lovers and dog lovers and concerned pet owners,
I've done a bunch of shows since this pet food scare hit.including Gary
Null, my own show at www.prncomm.net <
> and ask the
expert shows in several markets getting the word out as best I can about
menu foods and pet food safety. My next LIVE pet show is at www.prncomm.net
Tuesday at 1pm pacific. Tune in to hear me
update the news and information on the pet scare plus tell a pet joke,
mention cwa and dwaa on-air take a pet question or two and with the help of
my guest we'll delve into the larger context of pet food with big picture
questions. Hear what Barbara Fellnermayr from Amore foods has to say as my
guest this week; she is a natural food expert from the alternative pet
food industry. (Barbara and I first came into contact when Barbara managed
the Vancouver Pound and turned it into a successful no-kill facility; when
we do radio together everything pet related is in bounds making it exciting
informative radio with surprises.) Please join in for cat and dog radio
that will entertain and inform. Woof and meow! Deborah Wolfe
You have received this ABCNEWS.com mail from:
Pet Food Chemical May Be Worse for Cats
Above is the link to the Website that lists foods NOT involved in the recall. They list the product lines, where they’re manufactured and whether or not
they ever used MenuFoods.
They update the site regularly and aren’t endorsing any food, just providing the information.
It’s amazing how many companies use/used Menu. With so many companies using this manufacturer, where was the quality control. An awful lot of ball dropping!!
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Hi Pat... thank you SO MUCH for this list.... I am keeping the link... some of the foods I use are Menu, like Wellness, but I feel confident I am okay.
del monte pet recall... Pounce treats are on here with special codes:
Tainted food more a risk for cats:
ANOTHER RECALL: Ol'Roy Wet Foods, Jerky Treats, Gravy Train Beef Sticks and
Pounce Meaty Morsels
Del Monte has announced that their Ol'Roy brand wet food, as well as
the other brands have been made using the tainted wheat gluten also
used by Menu Foods. The other brands are: Jerky Treats, Gravy Train
Beef Sticks, Pounce Meaty Morsels, Dollar General, and Happy Tails.
They are now recalling their food.
Mary Anne Miller
Who do we write to?
Mary Anne Miller
www.felinexpress.com "Hop On Board!"
Forwarded from the FelineDiabetes list ......
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Saturday, March 31, 2007 9:04 AM
Subject: [Catdiab] Please report any sick/dead pets to the FDA in regards to this recall
The news on CBS last night (our local one) had a big story about how
the FDA is trying to follow up on how many pets have been seriously
ill or killed from this food and to establish a timeline.
They were frustrated in the fact that nobody knows they're supposed
to call the FDA on this, so they're asking for anyone who had a pet
that was affected - or is affected-- to report it to their vet and to
have the vet contact the FDA AND it's extremely important for the
owner themselves to call the FDA so they can start putting together
something more solid than what they've been getting.
It's extremely important to call on this. The scope of the problem
is far beyond 16 reported deaths.
The online list of FDA phone numbers broken down by state is over
Call your vet and ask them to call also, they'll be able to supply
the info from their files to help back up the data.
They have an FAQ page on their site as well. Apparently they were
officially notified by Menu Foods on March 15, but problems had been
showing up since November now that more information was coming in
(according to a story on CBS last night, they had some interviews
with pet owners, especially one with a Brittany Spaniel that had