Thursday, March 22, 2007

Pet Killers

Is this a strong title, yes. But if you have pets, and like in my house they are like family, then no other title to this post would suffice.

I don't know if you've been following the saga of MenuFoods, who knew their wet dog and cat food was tainted and causing grievous injury and death to pets, yet took their sweet time to recall their product.

I am livid, even though thankfully my two cute little cats are fine. If they weren't, I'd be going postal on some CEO's ass over at MenuFoods.

Go read and recommend this diary. This story NEEDS more attention.

It's just another case of corporate abuse and Bush-style regulation.


At 11:22 PM, Blogger Cliff Schecter said...

Thoughts my brethren (and sisteren)...

At 1:42 AM, Blogger Jambon said...

Cliff, you mean to tell me those "voluntary compliance" industry standards aren't working? I am SHOCKED!

Seriously though, it's quite scary how vulnerable our food supply is for humans let alone pets. I worked in the grocery end of it for over 5 years and you'd be shocked at what went on there. There are so many areas in which things can go wrong and the regulation is an absolute joke (the health inspector came once a year if that, and we usually got "tipped off" to their arrival anyhow)

And I worked for well respected union staffed grocery chain! I can only imagine what the other low paying companies are like. frightening eh?

At 9:13 AM, Blogger Mary Ellen said...

I was in a total panic when I first heard that story. Before I realized that it was only the canned food that was affected, I noticed the dog food I buy was on the list.

I still have to wonder how safe a lot of that pet food is. I had 4 Siberian Huskies in the past (used to compete in dog sled races), and every one of them died from some form of cancer. The last one died from liver cancer. They were always given, what I thought was the best, dog food on the market. It just seems strange, I had a dog when I was a kid that lived a very long and healthy life and his food didn't have the problems that I'm seeing in pets now.

It seems that the cats took the biggest hit from this tainted food. I guess their renal systems can't handle much and they didn't have much of a fighting chance. It breaks my heart...I'm allergic to cats and can't own one, but love them dearly.

At 11:55 AM, Blogger Basheert said...

Hi all - since I have four purebred and ridiculously expensive cats (SEE AVATAR), I was pretty upset as well. My girls eat an extremely (again) expensive dry food and wet food is added ONLY for the water involved (we live in the desert SW and cats are notoriously bad water drinkers).

When I saw one of the brands I use on the Menufoods website, I clicked on the excel spreadsheet and discovered I had a CASE of contaminated food. There was no question where it came from since I always buy food by the case and from Petsmart.

I immediately took it back - and there were no questions asked. This was Day 2 of the story. They had already pulled everything off the shelves and gave me whatever I wanted (I changed to ProPlan) as a return. They were horrified and were taking back anything people wanted.

Out of that case, 6 cans had been eaten. Fortunately my girls remain fat and healthy and obviously they hadn't eaten the contaminated food.

I feel very lucky - the fact that they knew about the contamination before it was announced and ignored the deaths is appalling. They should be SHOT!

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