March 15th is Petfinder’s Adopt the Internet Day

March 15, 2011

 

Petfinder Adopt-the-Internet Day

Help Petfinder Adopt the Internet! 

What It’s All About
In honor of our 15th birthday, Petfinder is asking people everywhere to pledge to spread the word online about adoptable pets today, March 15, 2011.

For starters, post a link and/or photo  here on Itchmo Forums Blog or on your blog/site/facebook/twitter to an adoptable pet from your local shelter or Petfinder.

Go to link for more information.

http://www.petfinder.com/info/adopt-the-internet?utm_source=adopt-the-internet&utm_medium=adopt-the-internet&utm_campaign=adopt-the-internet

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4 years: Is pet food any safer than it was in 2007?

March 13, 2011

Four year anniversary 0f Melamine Pet Food Recalls 2007-2011

http://tinyurl.com/4YearPetFoodRecallAniv


Wellness Canned Cat Food Recall/Some Lots With Inadequate Thiamine Levels

March 1, 2011

Recall — Firm Press Release

 

FDA posts press releases and other notices of recalls and market withdrawals from the firms involved as a service to consumers, the media, and other interested parties. FDA does not endorse either the product or the company.

 

Wellpet LLC Voluntarily Recalls Certain Lots Of Canned Cat Food

 

Contact:
Media:
Claire Burke
Hunter PR
212-679-6600

Consumer:
877-227-9587
www.wellnesspetfood.com 1

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – February 28, 2011 – WellPet LLC announced today it has voluntarily recalled certain lots of Wellness® canned cat food.

While recent laboratory testing found that most lots of Wellness canned cat food that were tested contain sufficient amounts of thiamine (also known as Vitamin B1), some of the lots listed below might contain less than adequate levels of thiamine. However, out of an abundance of caution, WellPet has decided to recall all of the lots listed below.

Cats fed only the affected lots for several weeks may be at risk for developing a thiamine deficiency. Thiamine is essential for cats. Symptoms of deficiency displayed by an affected cat can be gastrointestinal or neurological in nature. Early signs of thiamine deficiency may include decreased appetite, salivation, vomiting, and weight loss. In advanced cases, neurologic signs can develop, which may include ventriflexion (bending towards the floor) of the neck, wobbly walking, circling, falling, and seizures. If your cat has consumed the recalled lots and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian. If treated promptly, thiamine deficiency is typically reversible.

The lots involved in this voluntary recall are:

Wellness Canned Cat Food (all flavors and sizes) with best by dates from 14APR 13 through 30SEP13;

Wellness Canned Cat Food Chicken & Herring (all sizes) with 10NOV13 or 17NOV13 best buy dates.

Consumers who still have cans of cat food from these lots should stop feeding them to their cats and call us at (877) 227-9587 Monday through Friday, 9:00 am – 7:00 pm Eastern Time. Consumers with further questions should visit our website at www.wellnesspetfood.com2 or call us at this same number.

WellPet discovered the lower thiamine levels during independent testing conducted together with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in response to a single, isolated consumer complaint received by the FDA. Although WellPet has received no other reports concerning thiamine in its products, WellPet has taken additional steps with the manufacturer to ensure that this does not happen again.

“As a pet parent myself, I’m concerned for the health and welfare of all pets, and as a company we are committed to delivering the most nutritious natural pet food,” said Tim Callahan, chief executive officer of WellPet, the maker of Wellness products. “Even though the chance of a cat developing a thiamine deficiency is extremely remote, we are voluntarily recalling all of these lots of our canned cat food as an extra precaution.”

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Photo: Product Labels5

Recalled Product Photos Are Also Available on FDA’s Flickr Photostream.6

 Discussion at Itchmo Forums http://itchmoforums.com/news-recall-related/wellness-canned-cat-food-recall-t12641.0.html;msg194364#msg194364


Kroger Announces Pet Food Recall, November 17, 2010

December 18, 2010

http://itchmoforums.com/news-recall-related/kroger-recalls-catdog-food-aflatoxin-t12353.0.html;msg189665#msg189665

Kroger has announced recall of certain cat, kitten, and dog  foods —

From the Kroger site:

“Reason: The products may be contaminated with aflatoxin which can cause serious illness and even death to pets if consumed.”

http://www.kroger.com/services/Pages/recall_information.aspx

PET PRIDE CAT FOOD, 18 LB , PET PRIDE TASTY BLEND POULTRY &SEAFOOD CAT FOOD, 3.5 LB , PET PRIDE CAT FOOD, 3.5 LB , PET PRIDE KITTEN FORMULA FOOD, 3.5 LB , KROGER VALUE CAT FOOD, 3 LB  , KROGER VALUE CHUNK DOG FOOD, 50 LB , OLD YELLER CHUNK DOG FOOD, 50 LB , PET PRIDE TASTY BLEND POULTRY &SEAFOOD, 18 LB , KROGER VALUE CHUNK DOG FOOD, 15 LB , OLD YELLER CHUNK DOG FOOD, 22 LB 

Also, see for further details on stores, states, and product dates.

http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/kroger-recalls-pet-foods-due-to-possible-health-risk-112125284.html


Merrick Recalls ALL Lots of Beef Squares/Hold Ems-Salmonella

August 13, 2010

 

http://itchmoforums.com/news-recall-related/merrick-recalls-all-lots-of-beef-squareshold-emssalmonella-t11674.0.html


Is The Food You Feed Your Pet Safe?

August 12, 2010

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Although Food Safety News predominantly covers food for people, reporter Laurel Curran does have an article today that should be of utmost interest to all pet owners.  Pet food recalls and their relationship to the safety of people food and  pet food. Comments include those from veterinarians, as well as owners of pets.

Check out Larel’s article at Food Safety News:  Is Pet Food Safe?

http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2010/08/your-guide-to-pet-food-safety/

www.foodsafetynews.com

As always, visit http://itchmoforums.com/ for the lastest discussions on issues that involve your cats and dogs. Join and post your cat and dog photos.  We love looking at them!


Feline’s Pride Issues Nationwide Recall of its Natural Chicken Formula Cat Food Due to Salmonella Contamination

July 1, 2010

 

http://bit.ly/bsPuBf

http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm217826.htm

Feline’s Pride Issues Nationwide Recall of its Natural Chicken Formula Cat Food Due to Salmonella Contamination

Photo: Product Label 

 

Contact:
Shelby Gomas,
Tel: 1-716-580-3096

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – July 1, 2010 – Buffalo, NY – Feline’s Pride is announcing a voluntary recall of Feline’s Pride Raw food with ground bone for cats and kittens, Natural Chicken Formula, Net Wt. 2.5 lbs. (1.13 kg., 40 oz.) produced on 6/10/10, because it may be contaminated with Salmonella. People handling raw pet food can become infected with Salmonella, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the raw pet food or any surfaces exposed to the product.

When consumed by humans, Salmonella can cause an infection, salmonellosis. The symptoms of salmonellosis include nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps, minimal diarrhea, fever, and headache. Certain vulnerable populations, such as children, the elderly, and individuals with compromised immune systems, are particularly susceptible to acquiring salmonellosis from such pet food products and may experience more severe symptoms.

Pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Some pets will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.

The product is packaged in uncoded plastic containers and sold frozen to private consumers nationwide. Once thawed, the pet food has a shelf life of about 1 week. The firm manufactures the pet food by an as-ordered basis. This recall affects only those orders placed and shipped from June 10 through June 17, 2010.

The firm and FDA are investigating this matter to determine the source of this problem, and will take any additional steps necessary to protect the public health.

To date, both the firm and the FDA have received no reports of Salmonella infection relating to this product.

This product should not be fed to pets but should instead be disposed of in a safe manner (e.g., in a securely covered trash receptacle). People who are experiencing the symptoms of Salmonella infection after having handled the pet food product should seek medical attention, and report their use of the product and illness to the nearest FDA office.

People should thoroughly wash their hands after handling the pet food – especially those made from raw animal protein such as meat or fish — to help prevent infection. People may risk bacterial infection not only by handling pet foods, but by contact with pets or surfaces exposed to these foods, so it is important that they thoroughly wash their hands with hot water and soap.

Since certain vulnerable populations, such as children, the elderly, and individuals with compromised immune systems, are particularly at risk from exposure they should avoid handling this product.

Consumers with questions should contact the company at (716) 580-3096, Monday –Friday from 10 am – 4 pm EDT.