Petition to Require Pet Food Companies to be Held Accountable for Damages

March 21, 2007

Originally posted by Ben and Emily Huh on

Request that the U.S. Congress enact legislation to require pet food manufacturers and the companies that market those pet food brands to be held financially liable for any medical costs related to or contributing to the illness and/or death of a pet that can be reasonably attributed to the food consumed by the pet. And that all pet foods include the name of the manufacturer, not just the brand under which it is sold.

This petition is in response to the thousands of pet parents and owners who have suffered under the Menu Foods recall and their slow response that started on March 16th, 2007.

Sign after the jump.

Or read about all the latest news surrounding the recall.

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Hump-Day Video Of Hilarious Dogs And Cats

March 21, 2007

It’s Wednesday and it’s time for a funny pet video to get through the rest of the week! We know many of you are concerned by the news of sick and lost pets. We hope that this brings you a little joy. The video starts with cats, if you want to skip to dogs, it starts around the 2:33 remaining mark.

Trader Joe’s Pet Food Recalled

March 21, 2007

Trader Joe'sAlthough not a part of the Menu Foods recall list, Trader Joe’s is recalling all pet foods made by Menu Foods.

According to the FDA, Trader Joe’s pet food products are NOT the same pet foods that are currently being recalled by Menu Foods. However, since safety is of the utmost importance to us, as an extra precaution we have voluntarily pulled all canned pet food items manufactured by Menu Foods from our shelves until we can test the products and be 100 percent sure they are safe for your pets. The products voluntarily pulled are: Dog Food Chunky Beef 22 oz., Dog Food Chunky Chicken 22 oz., Dog Food Lamb & Rice 22 oz., Cat Food Turkey & Giblets, Cat Food Premium Fish/Salmon/Rice and Cat Food Premium Chicken/Turkey/Rice.

If for any reason you would like to return Trader Joe’s canned pet food products, please bring it back to any of our stores for a full refund or exchange.

Kudos to Howl911.

Doggie Couture For Less

March 21, 2007

Burberry Wearing DogIf you and your dog are label whores but are also bargain shoppers, then Seattle Premium Outlets are the place for you both! At the Burberry Outlet and the Coach Factory Store, you can find designer labels at bargain basement prices (okay, not that cheap but it’s a lot cheaper than if you bought them at a retail store). At Burberry, we found many fashionable items for your pooch: the classic Burberry trench coat, a fur lined (don’t worry, it’s faux fur, so your pet won’t protest) suede hoodie jacket, polo shirts, leashes and collars, comfy pet beds, and pet carriers. In fact, the Burberry outlet has increased their pet section in the past few months. Prices are 25-65% off the retail price for both doggie and human items, so you and your dog can have matching Burberry coats (oh, admit it, you know you want your dog to own a Burberry coat and be envied by all of the other dogs).

At the Coach Factory store, we found various leather dog collars – some were more plain and just had the Coach emblem on it and others were a little fancier with little charms on them. The collars were around $29. Of course, there was a doggie Coach jacket with the classic Coach monogram on it. Beware the Coach Factory store gets really crowded with crazy women searching for a good bargain, so don’t be alarmed if someone pushes you down to grab a purse (although the staff there is quite helpful and friendly, just not your fellow customers).

And, if you’re not into buying designer name goods for your pets, you and your dog can just take a walk around the stores and laugh at the people fighting for a sale item.

PetConnection Reports More Than 200 Dead

March 21, 2007

As of 6pm last night PetConnection’s self-reported database reported more than 600 illnesses and 241 deaths. (Link corrected)

Hold The Anchovies Please!

March 21, 2007

Dog Eating Pizza

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Revenge of the Dogth

March 21, 2007

The Terrier Strikes BackSeattle’s own Nintendo has a little hit on their hands. No, I’m not talking about the Wii, but the cool little Nintendo DS and the game Nintendogs. Unfortunately for many dogs, it seems like many parents have taken to their virtual pets a little too fondly. Now, one Chicago dog has had enough and struck back (we’re sensationalizing, but really, it quite ironic).

FDA Still Unaware of Gluten Source, Contaminated Plant Still Open

March 21, 2007

FDAFor many pet parents, this falls under the “Are you kidding me?” file. The many media outlets are reporting that “Dr. Stephen Sundlof, director of the FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine, only knows the name of the company that brokered the wheat gluten supply, not the actual supply itself” and that the plant that made the food is still “fully operational”.

The FDA says the Kansas City plant remains open. Asked why that is so, given that the agency can’t figure out why the animals died and continues to receive complaints from the public, Sundlof said: “We will investigate those.”

Also, the government-verified death toll rose to 14 pets. We don’t know who seems slower to react, Menu Foods or the FDA.

The number of confirmed deaths from the contaminated food rose from 10 to 14 — 13 cats and one dog — the government said Tuesday.

The 14 animal deaths include four consumer-owned cats and a dog. The other cats died in a taste test conducted by Menu Foods, the FDA says.

All 9 previous deaths were cats from the Menu Food test lab. It also seems that the February 27th testing conducted by Menu Foods was “part of Menu Foods’ routine quarterly testing,” according to the FDA. So did Menu Foods test in response to customer complaints? Or is this why it took so long to test the product?

CBS also reports that the Kansas plant had never been inspected by the FDA until this now.

FDA inspectors had never before visited the Kansas plant. The FDA warned the company following a 2004 inspection of its New Jersey factory after it failed to flag food made for zoo cats of the risk of mad cow disease if the product were fed to cattle.

Also, a $25 million lawsuit and another one has been filed against Menu Foods.

Pet Poisoning In South Africa Eerily Similar

March 20, 2007

A commenter on Gothamist posted this article which occurred in February. Their cause — ethylene-glycol — is on our short list of possibilities posted here.


  • Late 2006 onset of symptoms, discovered in February of 2007
  • Toxin caused kidney failure
  • Cause hard to pinpoint and required in-depth testing

But, note that these symptoms occurred with dry food.

Aquanutro said it had first been alerted in late 2006 by dog owners and a veterinary surgeon that some of its products had allegedly caused kidney failure within dogs.

“Extensive tests were conducted by accredited laboratories within South Africa and were initially found to be negative, until an in-depth and very intensive … analysis tested positive for the presence of ethylene-glycol,” the company said.

The South African SPCA advice is also more aggressive than the advice we’ve been getting.

SPCA vet Miles Penfold warned: “If you have fed your dog this food and even if they are not showing signs of poisoning, it is best to take them to the vet to be checked.

“Once the symptoms are visible, it is often fatal.”

Thanks for the tip Tanya.

2 More Brands Added to Menu Foods Recall

March 20, 2007

Menu Foods Income FundWe noticed 2 more brands that were added to the Menu Foods recall. Both brands cover food for cats and dogs: Stop & Shop Companion and Tops Companion. No brands were removed from the list.

Full revised list after the jump.

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