Wal-Mart dog treats join pet food recall

By ANDREW BRIDGES, Associated Press Writer

Fri Apr  6,  5:09 AM ET

WASHINGTON – The recall of pet foods and treats contaminated with an industrial chemical expanded Thursday to include dog biscuits made by an Alabama company and sold by Wal-Mart under the Ol’Roy brand.

The FDA said the manufacturer, Sunshine Mills Inc., is recalling dog biscuits made with imported Chinese wheat gluten. Testing has revealed the wheat gluten, a protein source, was contaminated with melamine, used to make plastics and other industrial products.

Also Thursday, Menu Foods, a major manufacturer of brand- and private-label wet pet foods expanded its original recall to include a broader range of dates and varieties. Menu Foods was the first of at least six companies to recall the now more than 100 brands of pet foods and treats made with the contaminated ingredient.

The recall now covers “cuts and gravy”-style products made between Nov. 8 and March 6, Menu Foods said. Previously, it applied only to products made beginning Dec. 3. In addition, Menu Foods said it was expanding the recall to include more varieties, but no new brands.

The FDA knows of no other pet product companies planning recalls, agency officials told reporters.

“Other than that, I think, you know, the public should feel secure in purchasing pet foods that are not subject to the recall,” Stephen Sundlof, director of the FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine, told reporters.

Sunshine, of Red Bay, Ala., sells pet foods and treats under its own brands as well as private labels sold by Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Kmart, Longs Drug Stores Corp. and Stater Bros. Markets. The recall included specific brands like Wal-Mart’s Ol’Roy, as well as a portion of Sunshine’s own Nurture, Lassie and Pet Life dog biscuit brands.

Previously, Menu Foods had recalled some wet-style dog foods it made for sale under the Stater Bros. and Ol’Roy brands as well.

Sunshine said there have been no reports of dog illnesses or deaths in connection with the recalled dog biscuits, which contain 1 percent or less wheat gluten by weight.

The FDA continues to focus on melamine as the suspected contaminant of the pet products, though Sundlof said it could be a marker for the presence of another, not yet known substance. Melamine previously was not believed to be toxic.

Late Thursday, the FDA said 21 pet food samples obtained from consumers tested positive for melamine.

The recall is one of the largest pet food recalls in history, Sundlof said. The FDA has received more than 12,000 complaints but has confirmed only about 15 pet deaths. Anecdotal reports suggest the tally is in the hundreds or low thousands.

Sunshine Mills said it would post a complete list of the recalled dog biscuits on its Web site, http://www.sunshinemills.com.

The FDA last week blocked wheat gluten imports from the Xuzhou Anying Biologic Technology Development Co. in the eastern city of Xuzhou, saying they contained melamine. A Las Vegas importer, ChemNutra Inc., this week recalled all wheat gluten it had bought from the supplier and in turn distributed to pet food manufacturers.

Xuzhou Anying has said it is investigating the claims.

Also Thursday, the FDA warned consumers not to give American Bullie A.B. Bull Pizzle Puppy Chews and Dog Chews to their pets. The FDA said salmonella could contaminate the dog treats, made and distributed by T.W. Enterprises of Ferndale, Wash.

Oh Sheltie Nation members, you are all SO on the ball with the Easter holiday that we are starting early!

What a recovery from St. Patrick’s day “crickets” we were hearing! :)  Stay tuned…more Sheltie Easter fun to come!

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Karen adopted Max and Wilson this year from a new Sheltie rescue group in Georgia, Peach State Sheltie Rescue.  GO KAREN!

Dsc01669smlWho doesn’t love a big, snuggly bed?

When I first saw the Slumber Ball bed in the Doctors Foster & Smith catalog I thought “Gee, that looks comfy!”  So being the good Sheltie mom, I just had to get one for my perfect dog.

When the box arrived however, I thought I’d gone overboard in proving my Sheltie devotion. I purchased the largest one made & the box was HUGE. Seriously, it was REALLY huge…like, 1/2 the size of a refrigerator box huge. I took the bed out & Trevor looked at me like “yea right!” He seemed a little intimidated by it, so I tried to encourage him by demonstrating just how fun it was by getting into it myself.  Of course Trevor is game to try anything mom is doing & he did flop into the bed with me.  It did take him a little time to figure out how to enter & exit the bed with some grace, but by the end of the evening he was comfortably nesting in the ball. He wasn’t even sleeping – but seemed so comfortable he didn’t want to get up either.

The Slumber Ball is stuffed with MiracleLoft® polyfil – which is made thicker and springier than ordinary polyfil.   The bed’s cushioning conforms to your dog’s shape & never rolls or flattens. The best part about this bed?  It has a machine washable cover and an inner liner that unzips for easy care. Sweet!

Even better, you can purchase Replacement Bed Fill to refresh the innards or add even more loft. The 2-lb bag is a combination of MiracleLoft® polyfil and aromatic cedar for freshness and flea repellency.

Trevor weighs about 35 pounds & is shown in the largest size, the 44″ diameter.  The beds do squish down a bit, so if you have any doubts about the right size, I’d round up.  It gives them more room to spread out, or share with a friend.  :)

Doctors Foster & Smith Deluxe Slumber Ball bed…4 paws up!

 

Pet Treats With Salmonella Recalled
Monday April 2, 4:59 pm ET

By The Associated Press

A pet food company announced Monday a nationwide recall of dog, cat and ferret treats that could be contaminated with salmonella. The bacteria could infect both animals and people handling the food.

The announcement is unrelated to the more extensive recall of melamine-tainted dog and cat food that led to kidney failure in pets around the country.

Eight in One Inc., a division of United Pet Group Inc., is recalling all packages of Dingo Chick’N Jerky, Dingo Kitty Chicken Jerky and Dingo Ferret Chicken Jerky.

Salmonella can cause serious infections in pets and children, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems. In pets, salmonella can cause diarrhea, fevers, vomiting, loss of appetite, lethargy and abdominal pain. Animals that do not get sick can infect other pets or humans.

The bacteria could also infect people handling the pet treats. Humans infected with the salmonella can experience fever, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal cramps. It could also cause more serious problems such as arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation and urinary tract problems.

Eight in One has received a report of a dog infected by salmonella, which lead to further testing of this product. Some, but not all, of the samples tested were contaminated.

The treats were sold around the country at Target, PetSmart and other stores.

The company asks consumers to throw away unused portions of the jerky treats. To obtain a refund, call 888-232-9889.

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MaggieOur friend Patrick sent us a heartfelt reminder that as good Sheltie parents, we owe it to our furry children to take good care of them.

“Our first Sheltie Mandy died at age 12 from being overweight.  I learned a terrible lesson from this tragic loss and want all Sheltie owners to know how important it is to keep your Sheltie fit.  They are natural herders and want to get to the outdoors as often as possible.  Please take time to take care of your own health and the health of your Sheltie…get out to the park and have a good run at least 4 times a week…daily is even better.”

Thanks to Patrick & Maggie Girl for the caring reminder & lovely spring photo.  :)