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2007-04-01 12:15:55 PM  
Uh, I'd just avoid Alpo/Purina altogether for now. This seems to be getting worse day by day.
 
2007-04-01 12:31:31 PM  
This makes me nervous, because I fed my dog alpo with gravy all last week, and all the cans are gone with the trash now. I hope my puppy will be fine ...
 
2007-04-01 12:40:05 PM  
wildestdreams3214: This makes me nervous, because I fed my dog alpo with gravy all last week, and all the cans are gone with the trash now. I hope my puppy will be fine ...

The problem has been much more pronounced in cats than in dogs, your pup should be fine. This is likely to get worse in the next few weeks, lots of food is manufactured in Menufoods plants. I've heard a rumour that they were aware of the contamination several weeks before the first death. It's a bad scene.
 
2007-04-01 12:44:53 PM  
corgic: The problem has been much more pronounced in cats than in dogs, your pup should be fine. This is likely to get worse in the next few weeks, lots of food is manufactured in Menufoods plants. I've heard a rumour that they were aware of the contamination several weeks before the first death. It's a bad scene.

Well considering that they changed providers of the tainted ingredient well before they announced the recall.
 
2007-04-01 01:46:44 PM  
This sucks so badly... losing a pet because their food's been poisoned it just awful.

/thankfully BlackJack (pic in profile) mainly eats fruits, veggies, and nuts, cause he's a rabbit
 
2007-04-01 02:05:20 PM  
wildestdreams3214: This makes me nervous, because I fed my dog alpo with gravy all last week, and all the cans are gone with the trash now. I hope my puppy will be fine ...

I was in the same boat yesterday morning, digging through trash bags looking for date codes. Around here it seems, everything came from the Allentown plant (1157) and was not affected.

I checked with the vet and they said the symptoms are acute, which means they get sick pretty much right after they eat.

I called the grocery store, and they said "Alpo's not on the list". I said "check again, and let me know if you had any of that stuff". Idiots.
 
2007-04-01 02:20:08 PM  
All right people. Granted there was some tainted pet food. Some animals got sick and a very few died. The media is making you believe that this is another sign of the apocalypse.

This is not unlike, on a slow news day during each winter, the reports of out of control, super deadly flu. When, in fact, the flu is not any more deadly than usual.
 
2007-04-01 02:31:21 PM  
consciousNOT: Some animals got sick and a very few died.

This remains to be verified still. Vets are still reporting cases and those numbers are going to continue to grow as more vets begin their submissions. I don't know what you consider to be very few, but we could be looking at thousands of deaths and potentially tens of thousands of illnesses.
 
2007-04-01 02:45:50 PM  
consciousNOT [TotalFark]

All right people. Granted there was some tainted pet food. Some animals got sick and a very few died. The media is making you believe that this is another sign of the apocalypse.


From:
http://www.petconnection.com/recall_basics.php

"We have reports of more than 2,800 deaths. As we've said before, these are self-reported numbers, but if nothing else they strongly suggest the numbers are higher than the "official" count of 16, more than half of which included animals killed feeding trials."

Obviously all the info isn't in, but it's all very scary for us pet owners, that's for sure. Caring for a beloved pet in kidney failure will rip your heart out, that's for sure.

Link to pet foods not likely to be involved
http://petsitusa.com/blog/?p=210

/no link poppies, sorry
 
2007-04-01 02:59:29 PM  
Where are all the conspircy theories about this? First there was tainted spinach, then E-coli lettuce at Taco Hell, then Peanut Butter Salmonelly time, and now this?

/What supposedly healthy food will kill us next?
//Tofu?
///Oh, I'm sorry, Tofu isn't food
 
2007-04-01 03:13:58 PM  
Is there a site that has the coplete list of recalled foods?
 
2007-04-01 03:14:49 PM  
With kittens dying from all the fapping much less the tainted pet food they will soon be on the endangered list!
 
2007-04-01 03:15:21 PM  
www.mgroves.com

Come ON people!
 
2007-04-01 03:15:48 PM  
I am so goddamned upset/saddened by all of this.

Waiting for some asshole to claim this all just a "theory" or something.
 
2007-04-01 03:17:21 PM  
Hey, I go to the University of Guelph!

/ftfa
//we had a big summit meeting at the vet college here
 
2007-04-01 03:18:45 PM  
LadyHawke911
Actually, seeds aren't that good for bunnies. Domesticated ones anyway.

http://www.rabbit.org/faq/sections/treat.html

/10 year bunny mom
/Yes, I'm a sad individual
 
2007-04-01 03:18:46 PM  
My mom recently lost her cat due to kidney failure and it really shook her up bad. She then heard about this recall and sure enough, the food the cat was eating was on the list. Now she's going through the emotions of losing the cat again, except now she knows it wasn't natural causes.
 
2007-04-01 03:19:13 PM  
aglassonion These are the most complete lists I could find, direct from Menu Foods:


Recalled cat food

Recalled dog food

 
2007-04-01 03:19:47 PM  
Duh, nuts. Not seeds. I'm a idiot today. Sorry.
 
2007-04-01 03:19:58 PM  
This calls for the creation of the DFDA (doggy food and drug administration).
 
2007-04-01 03:20:55 PM  
Typical careless Chinese. I read the other day that there was a tunnel collapse in Beijing, and they locked down the site for over a day in order to prevent the police from finding out about it. Does anyone in China actually care about their reputation?

It's astonishing how stupid people are in general.. take mad cow for example.. someone thought it was a great idea to feed vegetarian animals ground up animals in their feed.
 
2007-04-01 03:22:16 PM  
What cracked me up is the fact that a lot of high-priced "prestige" brands are made by the same people that make the grocery-store brands. Glad I don't have any pets, but I do feel sorry for the people whose pets are caught up in this mess.
 
2007-04-01 03:22:42 PM  
Do what I usually do, just feed your cat Spaghetti-Os and cheese.
 
2007-04-01 03:23:01 PM  
most of the food being recalled is crappy food to begin with. dont feed your pet mcdonalds, feed it canidae or natural balance.
 
2007-04-01 03:24:08 PM  
Considering how much wheat we produce in the U.S., it is a load of crap that they imported it from China. Yeah it might be cheaper but that is because they don't have to adhere to the stricter safety regulations we have here. I guess we can see why that "rat poison" is illegal in the U.S.

There should be a law on importing food whether for human or pet consumption, that they must follow our regulations to produce it before it can be sold over here. There is a reason we have those regulations as you now can see. It is for our own safety.
 
2007-04-01 03:24:47 PM  
Orijen is the only food I've been able to make my picky dog eat for more than a few weeks. Best quality food I've come across based on the data, but I haven't tried it myself.
 
2007-04-01 03:24:51 PM  
I feed my cat the dry Purina stuff, plus an occasional can of Fancy Feast. I'm keeping a very close eye on her...
 
2007-04-01 03:25:28 PM  
what, no alf reference?
 
2007-04-01 03:25:44 PM  
Not a problem. Kitty religion ftw:

img109.imageshack.us
 
2007-04-01 03:25:51 PM  
The Chinese can't have poisoned the food.If they did that, what will they serve for take out?
 
2007-04-01 03:27:00 PM  
Bugler
Typical careless Chinese.

They're not exactly known to be dog lovers. I read somewhere that the government was actually culling family's pet dogs. Maybe that tainted wheat gluten was meant for their own dog food production.

I just checked the cans of Alpo in my house and they all have the production code 1157, so hopefully they're ok because my dog just ate some.
 
2007-04-01 03:29:22 PM  
OK, for the apologists saying "this is not so bad": My cat had *three* pouches of the Iams stuff. That was enough to send her to the hospital for 8 days, IV all the time, racking up a $4000 bill. And if we hadn't gotten her there on the first signs of trouble, she'd likely be dead. When we brought her in, the doc put her survival chances at 50:50.

This is a *major* clusterfark.

If you have a pet and have even the slightest suspicion they ate that stuff, bring them to the vet ASAP, run a kidney check.

The "official" count of 16 is only the animals that died in a test run MenuFoods did - they sure as heck don't acknowledge anything else. Who knows, somebody might actually hold them liable.... As for their promise to cover vet costs - their own phone people claim to know nothing of it so far.
 
2007-04-01 03:29:39 PM  
Well, fortunately the dry food that my cats stuff themselves with doesn't use wheat gluten. The canned food does, but isn't part of the recall (and they've been pigging out fine without any problems).

This whole situation is just disturbing. While Menu Foods needs to take some of the responsibility here, methinks the brunt of the financial blame needs to fall on the bastards in China who produced the gluten, and apparently didn't bother to do any QA on it.

My condolences to any Farkers who've lost their pets due to this royal farkup. I can't imagine losing Shiathead (Emma) and Stinky (Augustus) like that.
 
2007-04-01 03:32:35 PM  
Hmm. One of my girlfriend's cats died a week or two ago. . . the others didn't get sick, but she was also on a special diet because she had already steadily been losing weight.
 
2007-04-01 03:34:16 PM  
Considering the typical Chinese standard for quality control it is a wonder that more incidents like this have not occured.
When was the last time you went to a store and found junk that was NOT made in China?
 
2007-04-01 03:35:57 PM  
Nope - the axe needs to go down on MenuFoods. They *knew* it was poisoned, and didn't let the public know for weeks. (They got initial reports Feb 20, didn't even test till Feb 27)

When they released the PR notice for recall, they marked it as "not for use by U.S. wire services" - trying to keep it quiet as long as possible.

That's about as shady as you can get without actively comitting a crime.
 
2007-04-01 03:37:09 PM  
Phew, thank goodness my cat only eats dry food.

Also, U of G repreeesent.
 
2007-04-01 03:39:14 PM  
Bugler: Typical careless Chinese. I read the other day that there was a tunnel collapse in Beijing, and they locked down the site for over a day in order to prevent the police from finding out about it. Does anyone in China actually care about their reputation?

In China, everything, and I mean everything takes a distant second place to the advancement of the economy. If an abstract idea could have a cult of personality, the Chinese economy would be the textbook example. There are environmental laws and workplace safety regulations, but to call them "toothless" would be too generous.

I used to work with a company that was (briefly) employed to do consulting work with a coal mine in Manchuria. The working conditions there would have been enough to make Dickens queasy. This was a state-run enterprise; I shudder to think of how much worse a private firm would be.
 
2007-04-01 03:40:07 PM  
I'm getting the idea that nobody has looked closely at pet food up to now, and this situation is overturning a lot of rocks. If they keep analyzing it, I'm betting that a lot of weird substances are going to be found.
 
2007-04-01 03:40:32 PM  
groby
Nope - the axe needs to go down on MenuFoods. They *knew* it was poisoned, and didn't let the public know for weeks. (They got initial reports Feb 20, didn't even test till Feb 27)


Have a link for that?

 
2007-04-01 03:42:41 PM  
My cat only eats dry food, twizzlers, carrots, and triscuits. I have tried to give her canned stuff before, but she usually ignores it or tries to bury it in the kitchen. She hasn't learned yet that linoleum is not a good substitute for dirt. The only canned stuff that she will eat is fancy feast with beef chunks. None of that paste stuff, it's gotta be little cubes with sauce on it.
 
2007-04-01 03:44:02 PM  
www.icanhascheezburger.com
 
2007-04-01 03:46:51 PM  
My condolences and well wishes to all the pet owners/parents who are going through this out there. It seems our Alpo cans are in the clear. Good luck beating this thing.

/btw the last thing I'd want is a picture of my dog on CNN because he died from poisoning. Poor Pebbles.
 
2007-04-01 03:48:04 PM  
Unfortunately no linky. It was IIRC part of their original timeline on their website - and vanished before I was able to grab a screenshot. (I was worried about my cats - not thinking too clearly).

I hope somebody, somewhere made a copy so we can nail them.
 
2007-04-01 03:50:27 PM  
I'm just feedin' my cat from the table from now on. This is bull.
 
2007-04-01 03:54:47 PM  
more kitty pictures!

I missed caturday on 4chan :(
 
2007-04-01 04:00:03 PM  
"Typical careless Chinese. I read the other day that there was a tunnel collapse in Beijing, and they locked down the site for over a day in order to prevent the police from finding out about it. Does anyone in China actually care about their reputation?"

Absolutely! I've been saying for years, too much of what comes out of china is garbage & crap.

FWIW, I've been feeding our dog one of the 'holistic-type' dry foods with cleaned cooked chicken. She's been on this for years, won't touch canned food & she's doing well. If you look at the cost, it really isn't an added expense.
 
2007-04-01 04:01:21 PM  
I feed my dog, Pudgy, Nutro natural dry dog food. I called Nutro foods and asked them about it:

Foreign sounding lady who answered the phone: Thank you for calling Nutro foods.
Me: Hi. I have a question about your products. I see on your website that the food I feed my dog isn't involved in the recall, but I have some questions nonetheless. The recalled food spans several brands, and according to information that I have read on the internet, was all made in one specific factory at the same time, right?
Her: I'm not sure what the ingredients are in your dog food.
Me: Yeah, but unless you have been living under a rock for two weeks you have heard about this recall, right? I mean, as a worker in a call center for a dog food company you have probably received a few calls about the dog food recall, right?
Her: Yes.
Me: So, according to my information this food was all made at the same factory?
Her: Yes.
Me: And it was made from the same batch of tainted ingredients?
Her: Yes.
Me: So why do I pay more for Nutro food than I would for, say, Ol' Roy?
Her: Probably just the brand name.

Nutro foods has confirmed what I have suspected all along. It's all the same crap. Don't buy expensive dog food for your dog. I love my dog, but I don't buy her brand name crap. I don't buy brand name crap for myself just because it has a brand name. For some reason (possibly because it is written on the outside of the bag of dog food) I thought I was buying her food that is better for her than the crappy WalMart brand. It's not. It's the same crap. Boo corporate greed.
 
2007-04-01 04:02:19 PM  
Considering the typical Chinese standard for quality control it is a wonder that more incidents like this have not occured.

You said Chinese and quality control in the same sentence! Good one.
 
2007-04-01 04:04:11 PM  
They need to act on this. If all the cats and dogs get sick, then we'll start keeping monkeys as pets, and we know where that leads..
 
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