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 on: October 31, 2015, 09:02:37 PM 
Started by Admin-Kat - Last post by Admin-Kat
FDA Recalls, Market Withdrawals, and Safety Alerts

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 on: January 20, 2009, 11:06:06 AM 
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Obama Shop - flags

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 on: April 15, 2008, 09:29:33 PM 
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Update:

Simon has not had any more seizures since I stopped feeding him Beneful -- March 2007.

Simon has 2 more tumors.  He'll be having surgery again, fairly soon.

Kat

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 on: March 16, 2008, 08:55:54 AM 
Started by Admin-Kat - Last post by slt
Mahatma Rice:  I have not contacted this company however they print a "Grown in USA" label on their packages.

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 on: October 29, 2007, 09:12:02 AM 
Started by Admin-Kat - Last post by Admin-Kat
Thanks MadCarol for the post!

I did find the test results after I posted my comment.  Don Earl, PetFoodRecallFacts.com  & ConsumerAffairs are doing a remarkable job -- hands-down.

This is the link to MadCarol's test:  http://www.pfpsa.org/ExpertoxAnalyticalLabReport.pdf

Here is ConsumerAffairs article on Carol's sick kitties & the acetaminophen findings:  http://www.consumeraffairs.com/news04/2007/10/pet_food_recalls80.html

This is the link to ConsumerAffairs "Pet Food Recall" index - for all articles:  http://www.consumeraffairs.com/news04/2006/pet_food_recall_index.html

Here is Consumer Affairs article about Menu Foods testing for melamine:  http://www.consumeraffairs.com/news04/2007/10/pet_food_recalls81.html

Kat

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 on: October 28, 2007, 06:47:32 PM 
Started by Admin-Kat - Last post by madcarol
Please refer to pfpsa.org and they have the test results with the dates and "flavors"--mine were the foil packs. (the test was sent by that website)

The notice you posted is the one where ARE saying they will test --they are compiling "their own samples"  to test "as soon as possible" and also I have 14 more packets---they have not asked for them.

Also check consumeraffairs.com on news from Oct 24th and 18th for two great articles---this writer is very interested in this as she has been covering since March.   
Any more questions---let me know-- Grin

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 on: October 27, 2007, 03:35:11 PM 
Started by Admin-Kat - Last post by Admin-Kat
MadCarol:

If you have a link for Menu Foods statement regarding new testing, please post.  I found a statement that they do not see the need to retest:

http://www.menufoods.com/recall/index.html  (bottom of the page)

Here's their statement:

"Clarification regarding reports of acetaminophen
We are aware that a laboratory recently produced a report that a Menu Foods product or products tested positive for acetaminophen. We are accumulating samples of the products we understand were used in that test to conduct our own testing as soon as possible. Based on the information available, we understand that the product or products in this recent test were part of the recall of melamine-contaminated products earlier this year.

Following a claim by that same laboratory earlier this year that non-recalled pet food produced by Menu Foods tested positive for acetaminophen, Menu Foods had tests performed by the California Animal Health and Food Safety Laboratory at the University of California Davis (“UCD”). UCD did not find acetaminophen present in the Menu-produced pet food it tested. We understand that the FDA undertook similar tests with similar results, and decided that there was no need to do any further testing."


Also, do you have a date/batch number for the Special Kitty?  Dry or canned?  Variety?

Thanks for the post!

I hope your kitty/kitties are doing ok.

WHEN WILL THIS ~EVER~ END???

kat

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 on: October 26, 2007, 09:28:08 AM 
Started by Admin-Kat - Last post by madcarol
This is my first post and I am here to get the word out to watch as Menu Foods has put a notice on their website as they are retesting the Special Kitty cat food as mine tested on 10/11/07 was positive for acetaminophen and melamine but not cyanuric acid.  I want the word out so we are watching---they have not contacted me for more of the same fodds (which I have had since March 22 in my freezer).  Tel your fellow pet lover to pay attention to MenuFoods' new test results !

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 on: August 28, 2007, 06:49:04 PM 
Started by jbhennigan - Last post by jbhennigan
In recent new, Tyson Foods publicly announced that they were going to make major changes in their live production practices and label their retail chicken as “Raised without Antibiotics” with a premium attached. Unfortunately, Tyson Foods is intentionally misleading their customers and consumers. With respect to antibiotic usage, they have made no changes to their live production feeding programs. They just changed their labels with the OK from the USDA!!!! They are still using polyether ionophore antibiotics in all of their live production feeds. This issue needs to be addressed immediately, and Tyson needs to be exposed for their lack of corporate integrity.

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 on: August 01, 2007, 08:26:36 AM 
Started by Admin-Kat - Last post by Admin-Kat
UH, WHY WOULD THEY INTRODUCE A BILL TO LABEL THIS PATHETIC PRACTICE???

STUPAK PROVED AT THE FDA HEARING THAT PUTRID MEAT CAN ~APPEAR~ FRESH & WHOLESOME WITH THE
CO PACKAGING !!!  WHAT IS GOING ON Huh? !!??!!






JULY 24, 2007 -- WASHINGTON -- On the heels of a high-profile congressional hearing on the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) role with the nation's food supply, two members of Congress introduced legislation that would require that meat treated with carbon monoxide (CO) be labeled as such.

The bill, the 'Carbon Monoxide Treated Meat Safe Handling, Labeling, and Consumer Protection Act,' would require that fresh meat, seafood and poultry that has been packaged with carbon monoxide be labeled to inform consumers that the meat has been treated with CO, and also that consumers should not regard the color of packaged meat as an indicator of freshness.

“Blasting seafood, poultry, and meat with carbon monoxide can make meat that has spoiled appear to be fresh, red, and wholesome when, in reality it has spoiled,” said Congressman Bart Stupak (D-Mich.), a co-sponsor of the bill. “This practice of disguising meat's freshness exposes consumers to serious health hazards and food borne illnesses.”

Carbon monoxide gas is a substance that enhances the "bloom" of fresh meat product that has been packaged.

Alleging that “carbon monoxide is solely used to mislead consumers,” the bill’s other author, Congressman Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) said: “The meat looks fresh and there is no notice on the package that tells consumers they shouldn't trust their eyes.

“While the European Union has banned the use of carbon monoxide because of its potential to 'mask the visual evidence of spoilage,' the FDA made a contrary decision last year without any formal evaluation, solicitation of public comments or independent investigation of the risks associated with the practice. Our legislation provides the necessary warning so consumers can make healthy choices,” Markey said.

Stupak, who chairs the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee's Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, said that his recent hearing into the FDA's capacity to protect the nation's food supply had helped demonstrate the danger of treating meat with carbon monoxide.

Stupak said subcommittee investigators discovered large numbers of seafood imported from China and Vietnam, “arriving in airtight packages containing carbon monoxide. When tested, fully 20 percent had to be refused because of contamination or decomposition. In other words, this was rotten seafood made to look fresh with the use of carbon monoxide.”

Stupak commended Pleasanton, Calif.-based Safeway Inc., which said last week it would no longer stock meat packaged in carbon monoxide gas.

In a letter to the lawmakers, Safeway s.v.p. Michael McGinnis said that while the retailer believes the packaged-meat format is safe as it contains only trace amounts of CO, it was pulling the CO-treated meat from its departments in view of "concerns with customers who do not have the benefit of the background on this process and may be confused."

Safeway indicated that only a "limited selection" of its meats are packaged in CO, and that it had pulled all such product was pulled from shelves Tuesday, save for lamb and veal, which it will pull from shelves on July 27.

Last year, Stupak repeatedly urged the FDA and the Department of Health and Human Services to rescind their ruling that treating meat with carbon monoxide is “generally regarded as safe.”

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