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Old March 29th 07, 03:26 PM posted to rec.pets.dogs.health,alt.med.veterinary
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Default News roundup - recall

Rest easy, our food is AS safe as pet food. Who sent the food to Cornell 2
days BEFORE recall?
http://www.sciam.com/article.cfm?cha...DC-E7F2-99DF-3
25B0C8F34C09E95&pageNumber=1&catID=4
Sundlof noted that the FDA has the same authority over pet food as it does
over most of the human food supply. "There are really no differences in the
regulation of animal food and the regulation of human food," he says. "The
same people that inspect human food plants also inspect pet food plants,"
grading the facilities as high- or low-risk, and then monitoring the
high-risk venues more carefully.
[..]
According to Richard Goldstein, a kidney specialist at Cornell University's
Animal Health Diagnostic Center, all of the animals affected by the recall
showed similar signs of the poisoning. "
[..]
Goldstein says that the center received samples of both food products and
animal remains from Menu Foods a day or two before the recall. Using liquid
chromatography-mass spectrometry (a process that separates complex mixtures
and analyzes ingredients by measuring a weight-to-charge ratio), researchers
compared the constituent chemicals in the food to standards for common
molds, heavy metals and ethylene glycol (or antifreeze, which Goldstein says
is the number one cause of kidney failure). All test results were negative.

........Oregon government works. If this were an incidence of human food
poisoning we'd be hearing the numbers as "suspected" rather than waiting to
report numbers as absolutely confirmed. What's YOUR state doing?
http://www.oregonvma.org/news/recallcases.asp
81 Suspected Cases of Illness or Death Related to Recalled Pet Food

...........And that also goes for you Canadians:
http://www.thestar.com/News/article/197214
In Ontario, meanwhile, the number of afflicted or dead pets from tainted
food is unknown, because there is no central data collection.
That's about to change.
The Ontario Veterinary Medical Association said yesterday it was starting a
tracking program with its 2,300 members to try to get a clearer picture on
how widespread the problem is here.
Nadia Vercillo, spokesperson for the association, said it has already
received dozens of calls from veterinarians.

.............And I'd just like to say that it's been 5 1/2 years since 911.
There apparently is no biosecrutiy in place in either of these countries if
they cannot respond to an event like this in a prescribed, orderly, well
thought out fashion.

........An ironically timed piece in February DVM mag about food safety and
large animals:
http://www.dvmnewsmagazine.com/dvm/a....jsp?id=408426
Veterinarians are falling short of their original mandate to be guardians
of the nation's food supply, and that could pose a security risk in the
event of a major food-animal emergency, a recent study shows.
Released by the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges and the
American Veterinary Medical Association, the study evaluated the need of
veterinary medicine to take greater responsibility for the animal food
supply system, one of the founding duties of the profession.
Because not enough veterinarians are available within state and federal
agencies or in rural community practices to respond to major animal-health
emergencies, there is a security risk to the modern food system, the study
indicates.

Get your money out Menu
http://www.940news.com/nouvelles.php?cat=23&id=32898

LIST OF PET FOODS NOT involved in recall:
http://petsitusa.com/blog/?p=210


http://www.theledger.com/apps/pbcs.d...EWS/703280411/
1004
Local veterinarians and pet owners are still dealing with the fallout after
a massive pet food recall earlier this month.
[..]
Dr. Kecia Howell, of the Polk County Animal Hospital in Lakeland, said that
at the height of the food scare, her office saw about 20 animals. She said
she saw one 4-year-old cat that seemed to be affected.

"We don't know yet if there's going to be permanent damage to her kidneys,"
she said. " We hope she is going to recover."
[..]
Howell said the food scare has left a lot of doubt in people's minds. She
said that's hard for people who may have bought more expensive, top-shelf
brands like Science Diet.

"If you feed food like that, you tend to think 'I'm doing the best I can for
my pet,'" she said. " When you find that it's poisoned, you lose
confidence."

She said she herself even has doubts about recommending the foods.

........On the failure of the media
http://www.doggedblog.com/doggedblog...ur_little.html

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