Pet Food Recall: Treats, Iams, Purina, and Science Diet, Now What?
What is going on? The makers of Science Diet have recalled one specific brand so far of their dry cat food. Iams, another well known brand has food recalled. Purina has recalled an Alpo brand. In all some 53 brands of dog food and 42 brands of cat food in the recall were wet "cuts-and-gravy" foods packaged in cans and pouches. So - Now what?
It is beyond a confusing and nervous time for pet owners and dog and cat lovers. A list of brands that have been recalled by Menu Foods is lengthy, and other have sporadic recalls but not enough complete answers have been provided. For now, the Food and Drug Administration says it does not plan to expand the dry food recall since there has not been a trend of illnesses from consuming dry food.
Results from a New York lab initially identified aminopterin -- rat poison -- as the toxin found in the recalled foods. More recent government testing found melamine, a chemical used to make plastics, but those tests failed to confirm the presence of a rat poison, the Associated Press reported Friday. The direct connection between any chemical in the food and renal failure still is unclear, however, and the Food and Drug Administration says further investigation is necessary.
No matter what the food contaminant may be, the bottom line is that many animals were harmed from eating recalled brands, and pet owners want answers! I'm wondering now if I should trust any store bought foods at all as the recall extends every day and now I'm even concerned about the treats
I see that PETA has called for the head of the commissioner of the FDA. I'm not certain if that is the answer but certainly these big money companies and the FDA dropped the ball. It's a shame it is taking so long and there is so much confusing information.
I couldn't risk itany longer, and took my pets to the vet this weekend to have blood work done. $325.00 later I found out that they have no problems. I'm thankful, but still angry it came down to this, and nowI wonder whatI should feed them.
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