Saturday, July 28, 2007

Safe Pet Food Companies

On Menu Foods website it states, Menu Foods remains concerned that consumers are able to purchase recalled items. It is very important that pet owners check the website to make sure they haven’t and are not purchasing any of the recalled foods. The Dutchess County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has released a list of pet food companies that are not affiliated with Menu Foods, including Animal Food Services, Diamond Pet Food, Holistic Blend, Mars Petcare, Nature’s Variety, Newman’s Own Organics, Old Mother Hubbard and Pedigree. Animal owners need to search for safe pet foods and this list is a good place to start, but the DCSPCA urges pet owners to scrutinize the ingredients in all of the pet food products that they purchase.

Pet Food Recall Lawsuit

The massive cat and dog food recall has united pet owners as they search for safe pet foods and for restitution for their sick animals. Though pet owners believe their four-legged friends are more than property, in some states the law does not and it may be tough to win lawsuits. An Associated Press article reports that pet owners are not likely to get much compensation if they individually sue pet food-maker Menu Foods over the death of a dog or cat, although they might fare better if they joined forces in a class action suit, legal experts say. According to the report at least one person is considering a class action lawsuit. "I would love to find an attorney to take on this company," said Brenda Hitchcock of Tampa, Fla. Hitchcock said she racked up $4,000 in veterinarian bills trying to save her 5-year-old cat "S.S." to no avail. Brenda still has two pouches of the recalled food to prove her case.

Friday, July 6, 2007

Defective Chinese Products Growing

From pet food that sickened and killed dogs and cats to toothpaste, toy trains, honey, car tires and fish the number of Chinese made products imported to the United States that have been deemed harmful or defective is growing. Robert Lala, a vice president at insurer Liberty International Underwriters, said the growing number of defective product cases will force underwriters to be more diligent in their underwriting efforts and investigations of overseas manufacturers.

Sunday, July 1, 2007

Recalled Pet Food

Owen, Patterson & Owen currently represents pet owners whose animals have suffered serious illness due to tainted pet food. Our law firm was originally contacted by a local veterinarian who was looking for help for his clients whose pets died or became ill after ingesting lethal pet food. We have learned that the manufacturer, Menu Foods, has known about the problems for some time. Our firm has experience in handling national cases such as Vioxx and numerous air disasters. If you or someone you know has a pet that has suffered from the effects of the tainted food, we encourage you to direct them to contact our firm immediately.