One of the revelations resulting from the massive 2007 pet food recall was that many different brands of dog and cat food are made by a few large corporations. When news first broke that Pet Food Brand A, found to be contaminated with melamine, was sickening and killing family companions, many owners felt their pets were … Continue reading Discussion: Will Big Food Protect Our Pets from Toxic Ingredients?
As many of you know, there is no federal oversight of animal shelters. They will continue to operate as usual during the government shutdown which, in too many cases, is a tragedy in itself. But with the failure of Congress to do its job and keep the government running, I wanted to mention a few … Continue reading How will animals fare during the government shutdown?
I was reading an article on the KTBS website about a hand and foot - originally suspected as being human but later found to belong to a primate - which turned up at a Louisiana rendering plant. Rendering plants, for those who don't know, take animal remains - sometimes whole, sometimes parts - and grind/boil/obliterate … Continue reading Are there body parts from research primates in your pet’s food?
Recalled, no illnesses reported: Diamond Naturals Lamb Meal & Rice. This is being done as a precautionary measure, as the product has the potential to be contaminated with salmonella. No illnesses have been reported and no other Diamond manufactured products are affected. Not recalled, hundreds of illnesses (and some deaths) reported: Waggin' Train (made by … Continue reading Recalled/Not
Consumer Affairs reports that Dianne, a volunteer with Collie rescue in IL, was feeding her own 4 dogs at home when she says she found a dead frog in a can of Pedigree chicken with gravy dog food: “My big concern is what’s going into this food,” she says. “What’s going into this food that … Continue reading Tastes Like Chicken!
It's only been 3 years since the massive pet food recalls of 2007 but anytime is a good time for a refresher. I've already blogged quite a bit on things I learned due to the recalls, including: My thoughts at the one year anniversary of the pet food recalls Why the AAFCO stamp of approval … Continue reading How Do You Feel About Pet Food Corporations in 2010?
Food Geek Edition: The New York Times has a good article called The Truth about Cat and Dog Food: [...]I wonder whether people who invest in high-end pet foods are getting their money’s worth. Are their pets really healthier and happier? Do they live longer? And are these foods any better than the generic versions … Continue reading Treats on the Internets
The most popular post on my blog right now seems to be this one from a year ago about the FDA telling Evanger's pet food company to get it together on the botulism thing (I paraphrase, heh). So an update is probably in order. Apparently Evanger's has not made satisfactory changes and the FDA (a … Continue reading Evanger’s Still in Trouble with FDA, Still Denying Food Problems
NPI Center reports:U.S. Marshals seized millions of dollars worth of ingredients on May 7 2009 from American Mercantile Corporation, based in Memphis Tennessee. During an inspection of the company in March, FDA investigators discovered evidence of extensive rodent and insect infestation throughout the company's warehouse, which the company failed to correct. American Mercantile stores and … Continue reading FDA Seizes Organic Herbs and Spices from Filthy Warehouse
The dog chew called "Greenies" have been on clearance at the supermarket where I shop for groceries and now I know why. Consumer Affairs reports that Nutro, maker of "Greenies", is pulling them from supermarket shelves:NUTRO Products, Inc. says it is pulling its Greenies line of pet dental chews from supermarkets and other mass markets. … Continue reading Greenies Chews Will No Longer Be Sold at Supermarkets