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    Contaminated pet food is still being sold at some stores, U.S. health officials warned on Thursday after checking hundreds of retail outlets.

    The Food and Drug Administration said it had inspected about 400 stores nationwide and still found some dog and cat food products affected by last month's recall by Canada-based pet food maker Menu Foods Income Fund and other manufacturers.

    "FDA believes most companies have removed the recalled product; however, some have not," the agency said in a statement.

    The announcement comes two days after Menu Foods expanded its recall to include more types of cat food. Last week it also widened its alert to include products with earlier production dates as well as dozens of more varieties.

    Initially, the company recalled 60 million cans and pouches of wet pet food sold under various brands including Procter & Gamble Co.'s Iams and Eukanuba as well as store brands sold at Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and Safeway Inc..

    A number of other companies including Colgate-Palmolive Co.'s Hill's Pet Nutrition Inc., Nestle SA's Purina PetCare Co. and Del Monte Pet Products have also recalled certain products.

    FDA officials have said the affected foods contained wheat gluten contaminated with melamine, an industrial chemical used in plastics and fertilizer. But the agency is still investigating what caused the confirmed death of 16 cats and dogs. About 12,000 pets have been reported ill.

    The ingredient was shipped by China-based Xuzhou Anying Biologic Technology Development Co. Ltd. to ChemNutra Inc. of Las Vegas, which then sold it to Menu Foods and other makers, according to the FDA. The Chinese company has denied involvement.

    "FDA's priority is to make sure that cats and dogs have safe food to eat," Dr. Stephen Sundlof, head of FDA's Center for Veterinary Medicine, said in the statement.

    Sundlof is scheduled to appear before a Senate Appropriations subcommittee later on Thursday to discuss the pet food scare.

    Sen. Richard Durbin (news, bio, voting record), the Illinois Democrat who announced the hearing, has said he wants the FDA to work with U.S. states to improve manufacturing inspections as well as create a new database for veterinarians and pet owners to report concerns.

    Representative for Menu Foods will not appear before lawmakers. Senators had invited Menu Foods to testify at the hearing, according to congressional staff, but the company instead asked to be represented by the Pet Food Institute, an industry group.
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  • #2
    So Sad

    I switched my dog to Solid Gold's Barking at the Moon (no grains,wheat,wheat gluten period!) I tell all of my customers that at this point I feel they should not trust any food that contains any wheat or wheat gluten in it. Not until they resolve this whole matter, anyway. A few people have said, well my dog/cat's food is not on the list, and I said not yet! I belong to a yahoo group, The Coton E-zine. You can subscribe by going to www.cotonclub.com it's free and of course you don't need to have a coton. The president of the CTCA, Dr. R.J. Russell, keeps us wonderfully informed of what's going on with this recall. He is in my opinion, a brilliant man, whose advice I would trust long before anything the FDA tells me(which isn't much).

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    • #3
      Insane

      Last night I printed out the recalled dog and cat food/treats list from the AVMA site- SEVENTEEN pages long!! I stapled them together and placed them on my counter at my shop, with a cover letter saying that I advise clients to discontinue feeding anything with wheat glutten until this problem is resolved. I only sell and feed my own dogs Wellness, so thank goodness I dodged this, because I think this is far from over.

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      • #4
        okay...now my fiance and i have a problem...does ANYONE know if purina one cat food is on this list? whenever i go to the menu foods website to find the newer listed pet foods it just sends me to a pack type of canned cat food (the types sold in 4 packs)...thats all it does! i cant even view the cat foods that were already recalled! also...my fiance's mom feeds...i believe...purina pro plan..some kind of cat food i dont know specifically what it is...but we would like to find this out...also...the one who feeds the purina one is my fiances dads girlfriend who feeds it to her cat but his cats eat it too because she just fills the bowl up and walks away...she wont listen to reason about it either. NOW we find out that one of the cats pee'd on EVERYTHING in the closet...all over the rubbermaid containers and plastic bags containing stuffed animals...this is HIGHLY unusual but we cannot afford to take them to the vet as we dont know which cat it is...and we had to spend 150 at the evet last month for one of the cats having conjunctivitis!
        any ideas guys?!?!???!
        thanks
        Hound

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        • #5
          HoundLover....

          Originally posted by HoundLover View Post
          okay...now my fiance and i have a problem...does ANYONE know if purina one cat food is on this list? whenever i go to the menu foods website to find the newer listed pet foods it just sends me to a pack type of canned cat food (the types sold in 4 packs)...thats all it does! i cant even view the cat foods that were already recalled!

          As of yesterday, the foods you named were not on the AVMA's list. Since their current list that I printed out is 17 pages long, and seems to grow daily, you might want to find another food to feed, one without wheat glutten, until this is over. Better safe than sorry. Currently, Nestle Purina Corp. has only recalled a number of their Alpo brand canned foods..... yup, same company makes both. Here is the link to the AVMA site's list.

          http://www.avma.org/aa/menufoodsrecall/products.asp

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          • #6
            oh sorry i didnt realize i must not have included this...but i feed evo and my fiance feeds evo to his three cats...but his dads girlfriends cat also lives in the house and SHE feeds purina one. (claims its better than OUR food because ahem...it has YOGURT in it...so of COURSE that makes it ALOT better than our food.) and she will NOT stop filling the bowl up! she dumps a whole cup full of food into HER cats bowl (whereas his three cats get fed twice a day and a certain amount) and just LEAVES it there. down on the floor. for the other cats to get too. now one of his cats, if there is food avalible he will just sit there and eat...and eat...and eat...and eat...and he has TOLD her...time and time again....DO NOT LEAVE FOOD DOWN FOR YOUR CAT BECAUSE MY CATS GET INTO IT. IN one ear OUT the other it seems with her. dosnt help matters now that she dosnt like him living there anymore...and her cat only eats a small amount of food and then hes done and walks away...so theres still a whole bowl full of food for the other 3 to get to...and she constantly is dumping food in the bowl. thanks for the link BTW his mom was very concerned about her cats getting sick and dying but her b.f claims that you cannot switch cats foods on them...im hoping to get her to switch to something better....
            thanks for the list link!
            Hound

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            • #7
              I posted a notice in the shop about the recall when it first came out, listing affected brands and the menu foods website. Now with so many more being added all the time, I'm telling people to avoid foods & treats wiyth wheat gluten until they figure this mess out. I've also decided to avoid eating any wheat products myself, as I am now unsure if it's in the human food supply and don't want to find out a month from now that it is.

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              • #8
                i personally would not feed ANY food that purina makes...after all they are on the list (even if pro-plan is not on the list at the moment)....they are not to concerned about the quality of the ingredients that they use. why would you want to gamble with your pet's health???

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by elliemae View Post
                  i personally would not feed ANY food that purina makes...after all they are on the list (even if pro-plan is not on the list at the moment)....they are not to concerned about the quality of the ingredients that they use. why would you want to gamble with your pet's health???

                  You can't blame Purina for this mess. And why would the Purina company have spent 100 years and billions of dollars on researching animal nutrition to make ****** dog and cat food?

                  Purina makes a wide variety of animal foods, including diets for zoo animals, and they're highly regarded. They make horse feeds, calf milk replacer, rabbit feed, goat feed, even monkey chow. Most avian vets and breeders of large birds recommend using monkey chow that has been soaked in water for hand feeding baby hookbills. My parrots were raised on monkey chow when they were babies, and their vet was impressed with how healthy they were. So why would Purina make ****** dog and cat food, when they make other animal foods that are not ****?

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                  • #10
                    that is very true helly....also another dog food that i ran across....a old english mastiff breeder feeds it to their dogs...and i happend to look at the ingredients and ground yellow corn was in it! also I dont personally FEED purina...my fiance's DADS GIRLFRIEND is the one that feeds it. to HER cat. but she leaves the food down and HIS three cats get into it. we feed innova evo. and when theres 4 cats in a household, and 3 eat one brand and 1 eats another and you have 1 ignorant person who dosnt really give a **** about the other 3 eating too much food...well theres not much you can really do.
                    we do the best we can...but you cannot be there 24/7 to monitor the cats eating out of the food bowl...especially if my fiance goes to work during the day, she is either at home or goes to work later on in the day and dumps a whole container of food into the bowl...then what are you supposed to do?
                    personally i myself switched my cat to felidae when our two dogs (one now) where eating canidae...this was BEFORE i switched to raw for our remaining dog...got them eating a premium brand...then switched eddie to raw...then my cat and my fiance's cats went from felidae, to innova, to innova evo. before this my dogs where eating whatever **** food there was around....alpo, purina, come n get it...beneful...etc etc...and my cat was eating meow mix and his where eating meow mix, 9 lives, etc.
                    so id say we have made a great progress!
                    Hound

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