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INDEX:Updated Lists: Of SAFE PET FOOD, FDA, Itchmo, PetSitUSA Blog, and FOOD RECALLS~(Please check this thread Daily)

A former member
Post #: 1,184
Scotts expands wild bird food suet recall
March 24, 2009 at 11:13 am

If you like to feed the wild birds in your yard, you should be aware of a new recall of Scott’s wild bird food suet.

Marysville, Ohio – March 20, 2009 – The Scotts Company LLC (”Company”) announced today an expansion of the voluntary wild bird food suet recall. The expanded voluntary recall will include an additional seven (7) varieties of wild bird food suet products and additional manufacturing date codes of the five (5) varieties previously recalled. These additional products may contain peanut meal from the Peanut Corporation of America’s (”PCA”) facilities in either Texas or Virginia, and have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. Cereal Byproducts Company (”CBC”), the Company’s broker, supplied the Company with the peanut meal from these locations.

See the Scotts’ website for a list of recalled wild bird food products, or the FDA website.

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A former member
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Due to deaths & illness, FDA investigates Nutro pet food
Posted: 20 Apr 2009 02:57 PM PDT

Pet owners have been complaining about Nutro for over two years; saying their cats and dogs have either become very ill (and survived) or died after eating the Nutro products. Finally, the word is that the FDA is investigating the pet food, an investigation could prove to be criminal or civil in nature.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has confirmed that the agency is investigating NUTRO pet food, following a series of unexplained illnesses and deaths. Consumers have been complaining for more than two years that their pets have become ill after eating NUTRO products; many have recovered when they were switched to other foods. The company has steadfastly denied that its food is to blame.

Until now, the FDA has been mum about whether it was actively investigating the company. Today, the FDA’s Division of Freedom of Information confirmed the agency has an ongoing investigation into NUTRO — and said that investigation could be criminal or civil in nature. The office did not elaborate on the nature or focus of that investigation.

[...] filed its Freedom of Information request for NUTRO records last year after we uncovered a worrisome trend among dogs and cats across the country. An analysis of our complaints revealed that scores of pets from California to South Carolina had experienced sudden and recurring bouts of diarrhea, vomiting, and other digestive problems.

The only common denominator among those dogs and cats was NUTRO pet food. In nearly every case, we also learned the pets’ conditions improved once their owners stopped feeding them NUTRO pet food. continues to receive complaints about NUTRO from dog and cat owners nationwide. In the past year, we’ve received nearly 500 complaints from pet owners who say their dogs or cats suddenly became ill after eat NUTRO. The problems these pets have experienced are similar: vomiting, diarrhea, and other digestive issues.

NUTRO defends its products and insists its food is safe. Many NUTRO customers also tout the food, saying their pets have had no problems. And veterinarians say several factors can cause gastrointestinal problems in dogs and cats, including changes in diet, newly developed sensitivities to pet foods, and viral infections.

But pet owners who contact us on a nearly daily basis are convinced something is wrong with NUTRO’s food. And they say it’s no coincidence that so many dogs and cats have become sick — with the same symptoms — after eating various flavors of that pet food.

See FDA Confirms Probe of NUTRO Pet Food Deaths, Illnesses from Consumer Affairs for more information:
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A former member
Post #: 1,235
Now FDA says no NUTRO investigation?
by Therese on April 22, 2009

in Cats, Dogs

According to a story from WXYZ in Detroit, the FDA is now saying there is no investigation of NUTRO underway.

(WXYZ) - There has been a lot of web buzz about an article posted on Consumer Affairs’ web site regarding the safety of Nutro Pet Food. Action News has talked with the Food and Drug Administration and they insist there is no “investigation” underway.

An FDA spokesperson says, “Normally, we do not confirm or deny the existence of an investigation. In this situation, though, it’s unfair to the company to leave the implication out there, so I want to state that there is NO INVESTIGATION currently underway into NUTRO products.”

Here’s the rest of FDA: ‘No Investigation into NUTRO Pet Food’

Why do I feel like I’m back in 2007?

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A former member
Post #: 1,236
FDA: 'No Investigation into NUTRO Pet Food'
Last Update: 4/23 6:20 am

(WXYZ) - There has been a lot of web buzz about an article posted on Consumer Affairs' web site regarding the safety of Nutro Pet Food. Action News has talked with the Food and Drug Administration and they insist there is no "investigation" underway.

An FDA spokesperson says, "Normally, we do not confirm or deny the existence of an investigation. In this situation, though, it's unfair to the company to leave the implication out there, so I want to state that there is NO INVESTIGATION currently underway into NUTRO products."

Rumors that the food was making pets sick quickly circulated on the internet because of the report, but Nutro is assuring consumers that their pet food is safe.

NUTRO also released this statement to concerned consumers:

On April 20, posted a story claiming that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has an ongoing investigation into NUTRO® pet food. This is not true. We have confirmed with the FDA’s division responsible for regulating pet food, the Center for Veterinary Medicine, that there is no current or ongoing investigation of Nutro Products, Inc.

We want to assure our consumers, associates, retailers, and all those who feed NUTRO® products to their pets that our products are safe and conform to the standards set by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the U.S Department of Agriculture and the Association of American Feed Control Officials. All NUTRO® products undergo rigorous quality assurance testing beginning with raw ingredients and ending with testing finished products. This includes testing to confirm that no melamine, mold toxins, or pathogenic bacteria are detected in any NUTRO® pet foods.
A former member
Post #: 1,239
Click below for full list of websites to go to for PET FOOD RECALL LISTS and information:­
A former member
Post #: 1,297
FDA speaks: NUTRO not under investigation
by Therese on April 29, 2009

in Cats, Dogs

Straight from the horse’s mouth…

April 28, 2009

FDA Statement on Nutro Products, Inc.

FDA is clarifying that Nutro Products, Inc. is not currently under investigation. FDA does not typically confirm or deny the existence of an FDA investigation. It has recently come to our attention, however, that a media report incorrectly concluded and reported that Nutro Products, Inc. was the subject of an investigation.

You’ll find the NUTRO announcement on the FDA website.

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A former member
Post #: 1,311
Pet food recall: NUTRO dry cat food
by Therese on May 21, 2009

Pet Food Recall

Nutro has announced a recall of some of their dry food today:

Franklin, Tennessee (May 21, 2009) — Today, Nutro Products announced a voluntary recall of select varieties of NUTRO® NATURAL CHOICE® COMPLETE CARE® Dry Cat Foods and NUTRO® MAX® Cat Dry Foods with “Best If Used By Dates” between May 12, 2010 and August 22, 2010. The cat food is being voluntarily recalled in the United States and ten additional countries. This recall is due to incorrect levels of zinc and potassium in our finished product resulting from a production error by a US-based premix supplier.

Two mineral premixes were affected. One premix contained excessive levels of zinc and under-supplemented potassium. The second premix under-supplemented potassium. Both zinc and potassium are essential nutrients for cats and are added as nutritional supplements to NUTRO® dry cat food.

This issue was identified during an audit of our documentation from the supplier. An extensive review confirmed that only these two premixes were affected. This recall does not affect any NUTRO® dog food products, wet dog or cat food, or dog and cat treats.

Affected product was distributed to retail customers in all 50 states, as well as to customers in Canada, Mexico, Japan, Korea, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, New Zealand, and Israel. We are working with all of our distributors and retail customers, in both the US and internationally, to ensure that the recalled products are not on store shelves. These products should not be sold or distributed further.

Consumers who have purchased affected product should immediately discontinue feeding the product to their cats, and switch to another product with a balanced nutritional profile. While we have received no consumer complaints related to this issue, cat owners should monitor their cat for symptoms, including a reduction in appetite or refusal of food, weight loss, vomiting or diarrhea. If your cat is experiencing health issues or is pregnant, please contact your veterinarian.

Consumers who have purchased product affected by this voluntary recall should return it to their retailer for a full refund or exchange for another NUTRO® dry cat food product. Cat owners who have more questions about the recall should call 1-800-833-5330 between the hours 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM CST

The news release and a list of recalled NUTRO cat foods is on the NUTRO website, as well as this press release which lists the recalled NUTRO cat food.

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A former member
Post #: 1,314
Pet Food Recall Information

The following websites have information about the pet food recall that began in March, 2007.

Blogs and websites by individuals

The Pet Food List - list of foods that, for the most part, were not recalled. This list originally started as a blog entry here on but was later moved to its own domain
Pet Connection - the best and most in depth reporting of the pet food recall. Pet Connection also has information on kidney failure.
Pet Food Tracker - lists of recalled foods
Pet Food Recall Facts - information on foods that tested positive for contaminants
Pets Need a Voice Too (PNV2) - Organizer of nationwide marches & memorials for pet victims
Defend Our Pets - recall information, including petitions

Industry Websites

FDA - pet food recall lists and information
Menu Foods - the manufacturer of a major portion of the recalled foods

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A former member
Post #: 1,316
NUTRO Pulls Greenies Dental Chews from Supermarkets

Snacks will be distributed only through veterinarians, specialty retailers

Truman Lewis

May 03, 2009 20:00 EDT

NUTRO Products, Inc. says it is pulling its Greenies line of pet dental chews from supermarkets and other mass markets. Beginning in June, the Greenies — which have been blamed for illness and deaths in some dogs and cats — will be distributed only through veterinary hospitals and pet specialty retailers.

“We believe that pet medical professionals at veterinary hospitals and well-trained, knowledgeable staff at pet specialty stores are best equipped to answer pet owners’ questions about our products and to make the right recommendation,” said Carolyn Hanigan, vice president of marketing for Nashville, Tenn.-based NUTRO.

The company said that staff education was a primary concern for the Greenies dental chew line, as each of five sizes is formulated for a corresponding weight range

It's the latest attempt to resolve highly-publicized incidents of pet deaths attributed to the popular treats. Pet owners said the treats failed to be properly digested and led to fatal intestinal obstructions.

In February 2006, the company said it would clarify the instructions on the packaging. The green-tinted treats are in the shape of a toothbrush and are promoted as an effective way to prevent gum disease in animals and promote oral health.

The dental chews were reformulated to be "more highly soluble and thus safer, yet effective as a daily preventive of oral disease," the company said in a November 2007 statement. Independent studies conducted by the University of Illinois confirmed the high solubility of Greenies, according to the statement, which said that the Veterinary Oral Health Council (VOHC) had awarded its Seal of Acceptance to Greenies for plaque and tartar control.

In 2005, a New York couple filed a $5 million lawsuit against Greenies' then-manufacturer, S&M NuTec, charging the treats are unsafe and inadequately labeled. The couple charged an undigested Greenie caused the death of their four-year-old Dachshund. The company was later acquired by NUTRO.

Jennifer Reiff and Michael Eastwood say their minature dachshund died two days after they fed him a petit-sized Greenie.

KIRO-TV in Seattle reported in 2005 that the Food and Drug Administration had begun an investigation of the complaints but nothing more was ever heard of the supposed probe. has received complaints from several pet owners whose pets died or became ill after chewing the popular treats.

"We gave such a treat to our Japanese Chin on Friday and she is dead," said Mary of Sayville, N.Y. in September 2007. "The vet did an autopsy and she choked on a piece of this allegedly digestive greenie. My vet told me that a number of dogs have either choked to death or died as a result of intestinal blockages caused by Greenies."

Rose of Phenix City, Ala., said in September 2006 that her Maltese became ill after eating a Greenie: "She couldn't eat or drink. She almost died. ... My dog was sick for 2 weeks and was in the intensive care and given IVs."

Lisa of Simi Valley, Calif. was luckier.

"My Standard Poodle, Hummer, got into a bag of Greenies which had not even been opened — they were still sealed in the bag in the shipping box. He weighs around 54 pounds and ate appoximately 8oz. Later he was rushed to the pet Emergency Clinic had to spend the night and we were told to watch him carefully the next several days," she said in a 2006 complaint.

Lisa said Hummer was rushed back to the hopsital in Noctober for emergency surgery.

Greenies were developed in the late 1990s when two dog owners, Joe and Judy Roetheli, teamed with a well-known board-certified veterinary nutritionist to develop a dog chew treat formulated to control dental tartar, plaque and gingivitis, and formulated to taste great while reducing bad breath.

NUTRO is owned by Mars, Inc., one of the world's largest producers of pet food, confectionary, beverage, food and health food. The privately-held company is headquartered in McLean, Va.

A division of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has denied that it is investigating NUTRO Products Inc., whose pet foods are the subject of more than 700 complaints from consumers who say their dogs and cats became ill and, in some cases, died after eating NUTRO products.


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A former member
Post #: 1,355
Pet food recall settlement on hold
by Therese on May 26, 2009

Pet owners who were hoping to get a settlement from the 2007 pet food recall will have to wait. Two appeals are holding things up and there’s no telling when they’ll be resolved.

Payments in a $24-million settlement of claims spurred by the largest pet food recall in U.S. history remain hung up in court.

Although the settlement was approved last November by U.S. District Court Judge Noel Hillman in New Jersey, two separate parties have appealed the settlement, effectively blocking payments indefinitely.

“This is holding it up for everybody,” said Lisa Rodriguez, a lawyer serving as liaison counsel for the 100-plus class action suits covered by the settlement.

Rodriguez said the appeals have barely advanced. “We’re just in a holding pattern right now. I don’t think there’s been a briefing scheduled yet. We’re still some time away from having the Third Circuit (Court of Appeals) even address it unless they try to deal with it summarily,” she said, referring to a quick dismissal.

A total 24,950 pet owners in the United States and Canada have applied for compensation under the settlement, according to Russell Paul, co-lead counsel for the class. Those claims are being evaluated by the accounting and consulting firm Heffler, Radetich & Saitta LLP in Philadelphia.

For the rest of Pet food settlement stalled by appeals see VIN News.

And, in other pet food recall news, Consumer Affairs has pet owners’ reactions to the recent NUTRO cat food recall.

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