April 3, 2007

A couple of reasons to care about the pet food recall

Posted in Animals, News at 10:44 am by The Lizard Queen

I haven’t seen much about the pet food recall except on the pet care/veterinary blogs I read. However, it’s something that just about everyone should be interested in; Christie Keith explains why:

This is, of course, a story about people who have lost what is sometimes the most precious thing in their lives, a companion animal. But let’s say you don’t care about that. At all.

This is also a story about corporate ethics. About a possible cover-up. About a suspicious delay in issuing a recall. About a timeline that raises a lot of questions.

It’s a story about the food supply. The HUMAN food supply. Even if the suspect ingredient, wheat gluten, was sold as “for animal consumption only,” as we are being told, what was it about this food item that earned it that designation? What are the parameters for “unfit for human consumption”?

The whole post is well worth reading.  And then on Sunday, this news came out:

Del Monte Foods has confirmed that the melamine-tainted wheat gluten used in several of its recalled pet food products was supplied as a “food grade” additive, raising the likelihood that contaminated wheat gluten might have entered the human food supply.

(Hat tip for the latter item goes to Pet Connection, which has been doing a great job following this story and all its wayward branches.)  It’ll be interesting to see what happens from this point on…


1 Comment »

  1. Cara said,

    Omgosh- my mom’s cat is in renal failure and the vet thinks that it’s a result of this tainted food. All he’ll eat is IAMS dry food (that was recalled) and whatever those cat treats are (that were recalled). Pounce! That’s it. Really, he’s so fussy- he won’t even eat tuna fish. He’s so bizarre, but a pretty good cat anyway. And it’s completely a coincidence that they even discovered it before he got really sick or died… he had his yearly check up and just turned 8 (I think) and they asked if they could do a “senior pet” screening. Of course Jim said of course, and they found the renal failure (not full yet, but serious enough). He hadn’t really had major symptoms, except that my mom thought he was throwing up a little more than usual (he catches a lot of stuff outside, so he throws up regularly anyway) and he wasn’t quite as playful. Wasn’t to the point that they’d take him to the vet yet, if not for the regular appointment.

    They’re so lucky that they caught it when they did and are treating it. I can’t imagine the people who are losing their pets over this. :(:(:(:( It’s just so awful.

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