Monday, April 02, 2007

Dog/Cat Food Poisoning Update

The following press release is from the FDA on the poisoned wheat gluten that was in various recalled brands of “chunks & gravy” type wet dog and cat food. The toxin was also now found in Alpo’s “Prime Cuts in Gravy” wet dog food with certain date codes on the bottom. Nestle Purina PetCare Co is recalling those coded cans that were made at a specific plant in a particular batch. I Googled Nestle Purina PetCare and the information concerning the code numbers was listed.

I checked my pantry since I use both Kal Kan and Alpo wet food as a little flavoring on the dog’s kibble and found I had a couple of recalled cans on hand -- two out of the six -- which makes me wonder if I had other cans that the dogs have already eaten? Since the food’s used as a flavoring rather than as a full meal, that means I may have only poisoned my pooches . . a little? No way of telling now.

When I took the two cans back to the store, the clerk scanned them and up popped a code: Do Not Sell. Recalled, etc. So I asked and, Yes, Ralphs headquarters received the recall notice with the can batch code numbers and programmed their check-out computers nationwide to alert so that when any cans came through the line, they’d be caught. Which means, from the point of a dog food company notifying all retail chain headquarters, whatever recalled merchandise was still on the shelves would be caught. Which is a bit of a first-alert comfort if you happened to miss a brief story in a newspaper, but not real helpful if you just bought dog food the day before.

So, if you have pooches and kitties, I’d keep checking the various websites for updated lists since, as you see from the press release below, this particular batch of wheat gluten came from a company that sells a whole bunch of product to a whole bunch of manufacturers, so who knows where this stuff will turn up next.

One site to check: or Google in the brand name and track down who manufactures it, or Google in Menufoods and keep a sharp eye out in the paper for more alerts. It’s possible that this tainted wheat gluten ended up in other places besides Fido’s food bowl.

The Press Release:

FDA Pinpoints Suspected Seller of Wheat Gluten
April 1st, 2007FDA just issued this warning against the import of specific wheatgluten from a maker in China. The full name of the company is: XuzhouAnying Biologic Technology Development Company Ltd. This company alsoexports wheat flour, cornstarch, sweet potato starch, protein powder,zinc oxide, carrots, garlic, ginger, and other agricultural products.(Web site) ...


Anonymous said...

Kitty Heaven
2 cans sardines packed in oil
2/3 cup cooked rice
2 chicken livers, cooked in water and drained
1/4 cup chopped parsley
Combine all ingredients in a food processor or blender and process just until mixture is blended. Store in refrigerator, tightly covered.

My kitties love it.

Anonymous said...

Bev. De Witt-Moylan here:

Years ago Ann gave me a recipe which I adapted slightly for my own use. My dogs loved it. It did take up its share of space in the fridge, but was worth it. If you find anything awry, Ann, please jump in to correct. Though this mix is what my dogs got!!

It calls for a pound package of brown rice, a package of barley (the supermarket size, whatever that is), and a package of lentils (same as barley). Rinse everything and check the lentils for stones. Add a gallon of pure water (we have reverse osmosis), a little bouillon for flavor, and a LARGE bag of frozen vegetables. Bring to a boil, stir, and lower the heat the same as you would for rice - very low. Let it cook for about an hour, checking now and then for doneness. Be extra careful of the temperature of this mix if you plan to serve it right away after cooking. IT HOLDS HEAT.

I stored this in the fridge and heated it to lukewarm in the microwave. My dogs would eat two cups at a time. I'd often add cooked chicken or something else to sweeten the pot. They would get kibble bought from the vet and other goodies in between. I also used to give them a cup or so of canned pumpkin heated slightly or mixed in. They loved that for a while, but then they got sick of it and wouldn't touch it anymore!!

Here is a little quote which one of my braille students discovered in a book she read recently called THE DOG WHO LOVED TOO MUCH:

"If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die, I want to go where they went."