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Pet Food Recalls

  1. Why were the pet foods recalled?
  2. Are dog and cat foods the only pet foods involved in the recall?
  3. What is wrong with the pet foods?
  4. What is melamine? And what are melamine-related compounds?
  5. If my dog or cat ate some of the recalled food, how soon would I see any symptoms?
  6. In light of the recall, what should I feed my pets?

  1. Why were the pet foods recalled?

    On March 15, 2007, pet food manufacturer Menu Foods alerted FDA to 14 animal deaths in the United States: 4 cats and 1 dog reported by consumers, and 9 cats that died during routine taste trials conducted by the company. The animals were reported to have developed kidney failure after eating certain "cuts and gravy" style dog and cat food produced at Menu Foods' facilities in Emporia, Kans., between Dec. 3, 2006, and March 6, 2007.

    In the following months, consumers and veterinarians reported many more illnesses and deaths potentially associated with a wide variety of pet foods made by Menu Foods and other manufacturers.



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  2. Are dog and cat foods the only pet foods involved in the recall?
    In addition to dog and cat food, one brand of dry ferret food is recalled: Ultra-Blend Advanced Nutrition (Net Wt. 20 lbs, UPC 26851 00413, Code C7072), manufactured by Chenango Valley Pet Food.

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  3. What is wrong with the pet foods?

    FDA laboratories found melamine and melamine-related compounds in samples of pet food. Melamine, an industrial chemical, and its related compounds have no approved use as an ingredient in animal or human food in the United States.

    FDA traced the melamine to products labeled as wheat gluten and rice protein concentrate imported from China and used as ingredients in pet foods. Cornell University scientists also found melamine in the urine and kidneys of deceased cats that were part of a taste-testing study conducted for pet food manufacturer, Menu Foods.

    FDA's further testing showed that the vegetable protein products imported from China were mislabeled as "wheat gluten" and "rice protein concentrate." This information does not change the recalls or the findings of melamine and melamine-related compounds in pet food.



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  4. What is melamine? And what are melamine-related compounds?

    Melamine is a small, nitrogen-containing molecule that has a number of industrial uses, including as an industrial binding agent, flame retardant, and as part of a polymer in the manufacture of cooking utensils and plates. Melamine also has been used as a fertilizer in some parts of the world. It is not registered for use as a fertilizer in the United States.

    Melamine-related compounds are in the same family of chemicals as melamine and include cyanuric acid, ammeline, and ammelide. Melamine and its related compounds have no approved use as an ingredient in animal or human food in the United States.



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  5. If my dog or cat ate some of the recalled food, how soon would I see any symptoms?
    It's difficult to say for sure, but usually within a couple of days. The important thing is to monitor your pet closely for signs of lack of energy, loss of appetite, and vomiting. If your pet shows any of these signs, please consult your veterinarian.

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  6. In light of the recall, what should I feed my pets?
    FDA encourages pet owners to consult with their veterinarian about their pet's health and nutrition requirements. The recalled products represent less than 1% of all pet foods, according to the Pet Food Institute. Many safe pet foods and treats not on the recall list are still available and will enable you to continue to provide safe, wholesome nutrition for your pets. Please see www.fda.gov/oc/opacom/hottopics/petfood.html for a list of recalled products that should not be fed to pets.

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Just looking through your site. I was reminded at how great your prices are. Thanks! -Omar



HOLY COW, unpacking my last order was like "Christmas in August"!!! Thank you SOOO much for the free food samples, the free giggle ball, the free Honest-Kitchen supplement, the hat, and the tag slider - my pack was definitely in heaven while *helping* me unwrap all the goodies!!! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! - Christine



My three dogs got snarky with each other over the cookies you baked, that you included. I never seen that happened before. Are you offering them for sale? Because if you do - we MUST have more!!! :) - Christine



Your customer service is second to none!! -Suzanne



Just wanted to let you guys know how impressed I am with your website and operations. I have dealt with numerous websites ordering a wide range of products but no other website operates as efficient and flawless as you guys do. I have ordered from you guys 3 times and every time my product ships the same day and I also receive a shipping confirmation and tracking number immediately after. Glad to see a website supporting the small percentage of pet owners that like to feed their pet a healthy diet. Keep up the good work, I plan on buying my dog food from no one else. Thanks again. -Kyle



OMG!!! I received my order PLUS that dinosaur bone you threw in there. THANK YOU so-so much... the dogs are absolutely estatic!!! That bone is almost as big as Faust. -Christine



I ordered dog food this past week and received it on Friday. What great service! and the gal who called me in response to my e-mail couldn't have been nicer. Kudos to her for her patience! You must really be organized and I am certainly impressed with the speed with which you get your orders shipped. You have my business from now on.....Thanks so much, Stephanie



Thank you for going above and beyond to fill my order. I don't know of any other store owners who would call around to other stores to find much needed dog food for a customer, go out to pick up the dog food, and ship it. It's not often that I encounter superior customer service like that. I told all my dog loving friends about your website. You are amazing!! -Cynthia



I wanted to take this opportunity to tell you thank you for all you have done by sending me samples etc as well as my ordered items. -Pam



You've certainly earned my business. I never got this kind of personalized service my local stores. -Stan



 
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