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More pet food recalls 4/5/07



 
 
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Old April 6th 07, 02:18 AM posted to rec.pets.dogs.health,alt.med.veterinary
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Sunshine Mills, Inc. Issues Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Certain Branded
and Private Label Branded Dog Biscuits
http://www.fda.gov/oc/po/firmrecalls...ills04_07.html
As a precautionary measure, Sunshine Mills, Inc. ("Sunshine"), a branded and
private-label pet food manufacturer based in Red Bay, Alabama, is
voluntarily recalling a portion of its branded dog biscuits made at its Red
Bay, Alabama biscuit plant during part of March 2007. These brands include:
Nurture Chicken & Rice, Nurture Lamb & Rice, Pet Life Large, Pet Life Extra
Large, Pet Life Large Variety, Pet Life Large Peanut Butter, Lassie Lamb and
Rice, and Pet Life People Pleasers Dog Treats. Private label biscuits for
six of Sunshine's customers were also affected.

Menu Foods has expanded their recall dates on some products. As I
understand it these recalls are going BACKWARDS in time to November 8,
2006.. This recall was issued today. There is no info on the FDA page,
only links to MenuFoods.
Dog: http://www.menufoods.com/recall/product_dog.html
Brands affected are Award, Companion, Eukanaba, Giant Companion, Grreat
Choice, Iams, Mixables, Nutro Natural Choice, Nutro Ultra, Ol' Roy Canada ,
Ol'Roy US, Pet Pride Good and Meaty, Presidents Choice, Priority US,
Springsfield Prize, Stater Brothers, Stop and Shop, Tops Companion

Cat: http://www.menufoods.com/recall/product_cat.html
Authority, Best Choice, Companion, Compliments, Eukanaba, Giant Companion,
Hill Country Fare, Iams, NutroMax Gourmet Classics, Nutro Natural Choice,
Pet Pride, Presidents Choice, Sophistacat, Special Kitty Canada, Special
Kitty US, Stop and Shop Companion, Tops Companion, Wegman,

A letter from the Pet Food Institute exclusively to the PetConnection
readers:
http://www.petconnection.com/blog/20...-letter-to-rea
ders-from-the-pet-food-institute/

I was gonna say, well at least they didn't wait until Friday, but tomorrow
is Good Friday and lots of people have off, so it's about the same game.

Got any time to make copies and run around to stores that sell pet food
tomorrow?

buglady
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Old April 6th 07, 01:46 PM posted to rec.pets.dogs.health,alt.med.veterinary
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Default More pet food recalls 4/5/07


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Transcript of CNN segment on recalls Aired April 5, 2007 - 22:00 ET
http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIP...05/acd.01.html

ROBERTS: Now on to our other top story; the tainted pet food. An untold
number of cats and dogs may have been exposed.

Tonight, our investigation has led to some troubling new questions.

CNN's Joe Johns is "Keeping Them Honest" tonight.

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)

JOE JOHNS, CNN CONGRESSIONAL CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): The day would end
with a provocative question: Was the pet food accidentally contaminated. Or
was it deliberate?

But it began with another recall, this time, an Alabama company that makes
dog biscuits. It received some of the suspect wheat gluten containing a
chemical known as melamine, believed toxic to dogs and cats. The FDA said
recall of the products manufactured by Sunshine Mills pet food company was
delayed, because Sunshine apparently got its Chinese wheat gluten from a
middleman distributor that had purchased the wheat gluten from another U.S.
supplier, a company called ChemNutra.

DR. STEPHEN F. SUNDLOF, DIRECTOR, FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION CENTER FOR
VETERINARY MEDICINE: So, it was a little circuitous route, took us a little
longer to trace that all down. But now we believe that we have accounted for
all the wheat gluten that came from China, that shipment that is -- that is
high in melamine, that we have accounted for all of it that has come into
this country. And -- and, by the way, it all went into pet food.

JOHNS: Meaning it did not enter the human food supply chain.

How and where the melamine got into the wheat gluten is still a mystery. But
the investigation took a new turn today, when the FDA told CNN it is looking
whether there could have been a profit motive for deliberately introducing
melamine into the wheat gluten. In other words, it might not have been an
accident and may have been about money.

(on camera): That's right. Until now, the assumption has been that this was
an accidental contamination, because melamine is used in plastics and
pesticides, and has no business in pet food. However, the chemical could
potentially be used to raise protein levels in the gluten, which could
increase the price or make it easier to sell.

SUNDLOF: That's -- that's one of the theories that we have. In fact, that's
one of the ones that we are pursuing, because, as you indicated, adding
something that would increase the protein content of the wheat gluten would
make it more valuable. So, that's -- that's a distinct possibility. But
it's -- it's only one theory at this time.

JOHNS (voice-over): All the companies, including the company in China, have
denied adding melamine to the wheat gluten in the pet food.

The FDA also that the number of pet food complaints it's received since the
start of the scare is now at 12,000, the volume it would normally get over a
two-year period.

In announcing the latest recall, Sunshine Mills said, no dog illnesses or
deaths have been traced to its dog biscuits, which contain 1 percent or less
of wheat gluten. Pet owners aren't the only ones watching. Plans for
hearings in the Senate have now firmed up.

SEN. RICHARD DURBIN (D), ILLINOIS: What's happened over the last several
weeks is unacceptable. What we have found is a threat to the lives of pets,
dogs and cats, across America, a threat that should have been minimized and
maybe even avoided.

JOHNS: When asked whether the worst is over, the FDA says it thinks so. The
number of dead pets as a result of all this remains unclear. Officially, FDA
only confirmed 16, though the real number is likely to be much higher.

Joe Johns, CNN, Washington.



 




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