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Pet parents, take note!

First the good news: In late April 2010 I wrote about a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that negated a 1999 law intended to stop the production and sale of so-called Crush Videos, in which women’s feet are filmed while they are crushing small animals to death. I’m happy to report that, as of Wednesday, July 21, 2010 the U.S. House of Representatives had voted 416 to 3 to pass H.R. 5566, titled the Prevention of Interstate Commerce in Animal Crush Videos Act of 2010. H.R. 5566 is said to have been carefully worded so that it will not face the same problems that led to the 1999 bill being rescinded. Now senators must put together a Senate version of the bill, and soon.
On the pet food front, there are several recall notices. On August 9, the FDA announced that frozen mice from Biggers and Callaham LLC, doing business as MiceDirect, which are used as food for reptiles, have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. The FDA is actively investigating positive Salmonella findings in samples taken at the company’s Cleveland, Ga. plant. After it was informed of the positive samples, Biggers and Callaham voluntarily recalled all frozen mice, rats and chicks purchased between May 2009 and July 23, 2010. Consumer inquiries may be made to 1-888-INFO-FDA. (The CDC cautions that snakes and other reptiles can harbor many strains of Salmonella for several years, but still appear healthy.)
In July, Merrick Pet Care, Inc. of Amarillo, Texas recalled 86 cases of its 10oz “Beef Filet Squares for Dogs” pet treats (Item #60016 Lot # 10084TL7 Best by March 24, 2012) because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. Consumers who have purchased 10 oz. packages of “Beef Filet Squares for Dogs” are urged to return the unused portion to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-800-664-7387 (M-F 8 to 5 CDT).
Feline’s Pride has expanded its July 1, 2010 voluntary recall of Feline’s Pride Raw food with ground bone for cats and kittens, Natural Chicken Formula, Net Wt. 2.5 lbs. (1.13 kg., 40 oz.) produced on 6/10/10 to include the product produced on 6/21/10, because it may be contaminated with Salmonella. Consumers with questions should contact the company at (716) 580-3096, M-F 10 a.m.-4 p.m. EDT.
The Procter & Gamble Company (P&G) in July began a voluntarily recall of two specific lots of its prescription renal dry cat food as it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella: Iams Veterinary Formulas Feline Renal 5.5 lbs available by prescription in the U.S. For information or a product refund call P&G toll-free at 877-894-4458 (M-F 9 a.m.-6 p.m. EST).
P&G in the last two weeks added these four items to their recall: Iams Veterinary Dry Formulas, Eukanuba Naturally Wild, Eukanuba Pure, and Eukanuba Custom Care Sensitive Skin. For information, product replacement or refund, call P&G toll-free at 877-340-8823 (M-F 9 a.m.-6 p.m. EST). (Please note that this phone number is different from the number above for P&G’s prescription diet for felines with kidney disease.)
Natural Balance Pet Foods, Inc., of Pacoima, CA, announces a voluntary recall of Natural Balance Sweet Potato & Chicken Dry Dog Food with the “Best By” date of June 17, 2011, in 5-lb. and     28-lb. bags because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.
If your pet may have been exposed to any of these products and is showing symptoms of illness, stop feeding the suspect food and contact your veterinarian as soon as possible.
If you have purchased one or more of these products, follow the manufacturer’s directions for disposal and contact them at the number given above for more information.



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