[Um, what does the FDA do?]
More information about this from ConsumerAffairs.com (added 6pm)
Dog owners warned about potentially contaminated food
May 21, 2007 - Dog owners are being warned about a batch of possibly contaminated food, sold at a Visalia Costco around mid-April, after at least four dogs fell ill.
Two of the dogs who became sick, a nine-year-old chocolate lab named Bob and his 1 1/2-year-old adopted sister, Pearl, have been staying at the Lone Oak Pet Clinic in Visalia, since May 11, after they began throwing up.
"We took them in... and her kidney was 80 percent shutdown,” said owner Ken Womack.
The dogs are being fed through intravenous tubes and are regaining their strength, but their struggle doesn’t seem to be isolated.
Two other dogs apparently came in earlier with the same symptoms.
Veterinarian Dr. Matt Humason says “We began asking questions...we found the dogs all ate the same food from the same store at the same time... so we sent a sample to get it tested and it came back positive with melamine."
All four dogs ate Nutra Nuggets brand food.
A sample was sent to a lab at UC Davis and Womack's fears were confirmed. "All I'm trying to get people to do is notify the people and let them know we may have problem. Unfortunately I feel Costco has been very hesitant to do that."
That's because Womack and the owner of the other sick dogs threw out the bags once they took the pet food home.
They're working with the distributor to track down the specific batch number. A Costco representative tells KSEE 24 news once it's been tracked, they will immediately yank the product in question.
Until then, there are a lot of sleepless nights ahead for Womack,"I feel bad we fed them the food. They'd eat anything. In essence, it's our fault giving them the good, really it is. I feel responsible."
Dr. Humason offers some tips to keep your pet safe:
- watch the recall list
- monitor your animal
- If your pet is:
or has diarrhea, you are urged to call the vet immediately
As seen in my last post, UC Davis has reported melamine in Nutra Nuggets. I’ve just spoken with Diamond Pet Food, the manufacturer, and have more info…
- The product in question is Nutra Nuggets 40 lb. Lamb & Rice
- Product code: NLR0404, with a best by Oct 9 & 10, 2008
- The Nutra Nuggets product in question was sold at Costco in CA, WA, OR, AZ, NV.
- It was not sold in Fred Meyer or Smart and Final
Diamond is still waiting on confirmation from the testing. I’ll update as soon as I have more info.
Have you sent pet food out for testing? Email me and let me know!
Do you suspect other pet food not on the recall list has made your pet sick? Email me and let me know.
I've heard from some of you - thanks! - and will get out an interim list as soon as I can, hopefully later today.
And, I **really** apologize for the delays - I've been dealing with some chronic pain issues made worse by too much computer time and so it's been slow going. More info on that and my history with 'but-the-FDA-said-this-medicine-was-safe' another time. (Just stopped taking Oxycontin and other RX pain meds a few weeks ago because of the side-effects, and I'm adjusting slowly. )