Thursday, June 28, 2007

High Times for Organic Pet Food

Owners of Northern California cats and dogs said their pets are getting sick after consuming the pet food from Menu Foods. Menu Foods emphasized Monday that the recall does not include all of the pet foods it produces, but just the cuts and gravy products. Many pet owners have been searching for answers and pet food alternatives. Menu Foods said Friday it will take responsibility if pets got sick or died from eating the recalled food. Menu Foods has hired a professional firm to manage customer concerns. Meanwhile, Whole Foods is reporting that sales of organic pet food have spiked as customers scramble to find safe alternatives.

Recall Now Includes Pet Treats

Cat and Dog treats have been added to the deadly pet product recall. Del Monte Pet Products has issued a voluntary recall of some pet treats and food products. The products are sold under the names Jerky Treats, Gravy Train Beef Sticks and Pounce Meaty Morsels brands. A news release from Del Monte says, "The Company took this voluntary recall action immediately after learning this morning from the FDA that wheat gluten supplied to Del Monte Pet Products from a specific manufacturing facility in China contained melamine.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Recall on Gateway Batteries

14,000 laptop batteries have been recalled that were included with computers sold in 2003 from Gateway. Laptop PCs with the defective batteries can overheat and pose a fire hazard for consumers, the organizations said. Reports have been received by Gateway from four consumers of the battery packs overheating, causing mild property damage. "Gateway is working with its suppliers to cover the cost of replacement battery packs and certain other related costs," according to the computer maker.

Friday, June 15, 2007

PETA Demands Investigation on Pet Food

PETA sent an urgent letter to Daniel G. McChesney, director of the FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine Office of Surveillance and Compliance, after finding reports indicating that Iams and other pet food companies may have known as early as February 20 that their products might have been tainted. The letter urged McChesney 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. Consumers are now worried that their animals may have become ill after consuming dry pet food manufactured by Menu Foods, prompting PETA to demand the company immediately recall all dry pet food products until they have been chemically tested for safety.

Saturday, June 2, 2007

China Closes 180 Food Plants

180 food plants have been closed by Chinese regulators after uncovering more than 23,000 food safety violations. China announced a crackdown on plants that produce food for human consumption after the scandal of the largest pet food recalls in U.S. history. The action involving some 33,000 law enforcement officers uncovered violations including "illegal food making dens, counterfeit bottled water, fake soy sauce, banned food additives, and illegal meat processing plants," according to the New York Times.

Friday, June 1, 2007

Tainted Pet Food

Some veterinary referral and emergency centers have not seen an increase in clients due to the affected food, but pet owners have been flooding private practice veterinarian’s phone lines with inquiries. Many pet owners are trying to seek advice on what action to take. It is important to bring your animals to your veterinarian because the symptoms of renal failure are not always initially obvious. Some veterinarians are telling their clients to switch to dry food, if their pets will eat it.