Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Nationwide Recall of Pet Food

A nationwide recall of pet food produced by Menu Foods was announced Saturday involving brands like, Iams, Nutro and Eukanuba. According to the Associated Press, an unknown number of cats and dogs had suffered kidney failure and about 10 died after eating the pet food. One Amador County resident said that number raised to 11 when her 4-year-old cat, Kaydee Mae, was put to sleep March 12 because of kidney failure. In January one woman’s cat became less playful and started to act sick. The cat constantly drank water and was constantly peeing. After her veterinarian conducted tests, it was determined that the cause was 90 percent kidney failure. Symptoms for pet owners to watch for include vomiting, diarrhea, lack of appetite, excessive urination, excessive drinking, weight loss, lethargy and dehydration, according to Foothill Veterinary Clinic Receptionist Wendy Harrington. It is estimated that the recall would cost the company, which is mostly owned by the Menu Foods Income Fund, an estimated $26 million to $34 million.

Friday, March 2, 2007

Salmonella Confirmed

It has been confirmed by the FDA that samples collected at ConAgra’s peanut butter plant contained Salmonella. The strain of Salmonella that was present in samples the FDA took from ConAgra’s plant in Sylvester, Georgia matches the strain of Salmonella that infected the people who fell ill. In addition to the jars of peanut butter, other products such as peanut butter toppings may also be contaminated. Sonic and Carvel outlets used the topping until 16th of February, when the product was recalled. "According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as of Tuesday this week, 370 people have been infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella.