TODAY 20070319: AVA probes US pet food recall


Follow-up to the news, Yahoo News 20070317: Animal owners frantic onpet food recall, posted yesterday. This is what AVA says of the situation here. Nevertheless, please do keep an eye out if you’re using these brands. FYI, Science Diet is sister companies with affected brands Iams and Eukanuba.

And once again, I just want to say: But if you do use brands like Proctor and Gamble’s Iams/Eukanuba/Science Diet or Royal Canin, just to name 2, do think about changing to better and more ethical brands anyway. Reference info on food here.

Also, regardless of whether there’s a food scare or not, DO make it a habit to observe your furry baby’s eating and toilet habits – it could mean the difference between life and death.

Update: More pet food recall news. (25 Mar 07)

This story was printed from TODAYonline

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Monday • March 19, 2007

AVA probes US pet food recall

The Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority (AVA) is investigating the recall of several brands of pet food in North America and Mexico. Canadian pet food company, Menu Foods, has recalled dog food sold under 46 brands and cat food sold under 37 brands, after it received complaints from pet owners in the United States that their dogs and cats vomited and suffered kidney failure after eating the products.

Menu Foods said about 10 pets have died. The recall covers its “cuts and gravy” food that was sold under brands such as Iams, Nutro and Eukanuba from Dec 3 last year to March 6 this year.

The AVA said it is aware of the recall and is investigating to find out if any of the affected pet food has been imported into Singapore. In the meantime, it advises the public to stop feeding these products to their pets immediately. Dogs or cats that have consumed the suspect feed and show signs of kidney failure — such as loss of appetite, lethargy or vomiting — should be taken to the veterinarian.

Proctor & Gamble, which owns the Eukanuba and Iams brands, says products bought from authorised dealers in Singapore are safe. It said none of the affected Eukanuba or Iams products was exported to Asia. — Channel NewsAsia

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