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March 2008

Pet Food Recall: Roll Over Pork Tenders Premium Dog Treat

A Canadian made dog treat is being voluntarily recalled due to salmonella..

PRESENCE OF SALMONELLA BACTERIA IN ROLL OVER PORK TENDERS PREMIUM DOG TREAT

OTTAWA, March 13, 2008 - The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Rollover Premium Pet Food Ltd. are warning consumers not to purchase or use the Roll Over Pork Tenders Premium Dog Treat described below. This product may be contaminated with the bacteria responsible for salmonellosis in humans.

The affected Roll Over Pork Tenders Premium Dog Treat was sold in 50 g packages bearing UPC 0 60766 88138 1. All lots up to and including 07 MAR 10 are affected by this alert.

Roll Over Pork Tenders Premium Dog Treat was distributed nationally.

There has been one illness reported associated with this product.

People may risk bacterial infection by handling the treats directly or by contact with pets who have used the treats. Anyone who may have handled the treats should wash their hands with warm water and soap. Consumers should dispose of these treats in the trash.

Common symptoms of Salmonella infection are nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain and diarrhea, although more serious consequences are possible, especially in young children, the elderly, and in people with weakened immune systems.

Rollover Premium Pet Food Ltd., High River, Alberta, is voluntarily recalling the affected product from the marketplace. The CFIA is monitoring the effectiveness of the recall.

For more information, consumers and industry can call one of the following numbers:

Rollover Premium Pet Food Ltd.
403-652-4300 or 1-800-616-9267
info@rolloverpetfood.com

CFIA at 1-800-442-2342 / TTY 1-800-465-7735 (8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern time, Monday to Friday).

For information on Salmonella, visit the Food Facts web page at http://www.inspection.gc.ca/english/fssa/concen/causee.shtml.

For information on receiving recalls by e-mail, or for other food safety facts, visit our web site at www.inspection.gc.ca.


Identification for Dogs & Cats - Keeping Pets Safe

I read heartbreaking statistics about lost pets and accidents that could have been avoided with just a little planning. Our companion animals are family members and they can't always protect themselves. That's our job as pet parents. So here are a couple of things to help keep your pet safe during this glorious Spring season.

Even though I am sure that you keep a close eye on your companion animal when outdoors, a number of things can happen to separate you. If this does take place, the proper identification will help reunite you with your pet. Animals without ID tags are often mistaken as strays and they are sometimes treated differently, so make sure your dog or cat has the proper identification. I suggest a sturdy, yet comfortable, breakaway collar with an ID tag containing your pet's name plus your name, address and phone number. Also, hook your pet's rabies tag on the collar.

As some collars can fall off and others break away if caught on an object, a microchip is a good idea. This is a very small device that your veterinarian can inject under the skin around the shoulder blades. The chip has a number that is registered with the manufacturer and other local, state and nationwide agencies. Many shelters and vets have scanners that read the number on the microchip. Then, it's a simple call to the manufacturer or agency to get your name and phone number for a happy ending.

Lawn and Garden Dangers

As the weather warms up, the neighborhood seems to wake up to lawn and garden care. Many common fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides can be toxic to animals if inhaled or ingested. There is some indication from recent studies that the rising rate of certain cancers in dogs and children may be linked to herbicides and pesticides. To be safe, make sure you read and follow the directions carefully. During and after treatment, be sure to keep your pets away from the lawn or garden until the area is completely dry. In some cases, this could mean an entire day. If your pet is accidentally exposed to any lawn or garden treatment, act quickly. Wash your pet immediately with liquid dish soap and call your veterinarian.

Want a safer alternative? Go organic. In general, these kinds of lawn and garden treatments are safer. However, again, please read and follow the instructions carefully.

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100 Calorie Snack Packs - Worth The Price?

100 Calorie Snack Packs are all the rage. They are easy to track calories but most of them aren't very nutritious and are very costly. They typically cost more per ounce than larger serving packages. It seems as though each day there are more and more "mini" 100 calorie snack packs available of your favorite foods and the television advertises them non-stop.

Are 100-calorie bags worth the cost? "We are a nation on the go, looking for convenience and used the right way, there is nothing wrong with them," said dietitian Julie Walsh. "Used the wrong way and you are going to pile on a lot of additional calories that don't add a lot of nutrients to the diet." The Center for Science in the Public Interest has compared the costs of 100 Calorie packs against the bigger portions and found price increases of over 200%. You're going to pay more for the packaging, too. With a full bag of pretzels, the cost is about 17 cents an ounce. Divided into 100-calorie packs, the same pretzels cost nearly 40 cents an ounce, more than double. According to Walsh, "Whenever you pay for convenience, there's going to be a higher price."

What else can you eat that is 100 calories? A container of yogurt or an apple flavored with a tablespoon of peanut butter, which is a much healthier snack, Walsh said.

From director Michael Jacobson: "Hundred-calorie packs are an ingenious way for companies to charge consumers more for less," [...]. "Manufacturers get the best of both worlds--they make more money, and they look like they're helping people control their weight." When you purchase these 100 calorie snack packs you will notice that there isn't much in each serving. 100 calories is not a lot and most people will not be "filled up" or satisfied after eating just 1 snack pack.

Many of the 100-calorie pack items are free of trans fats and low in sugar, but don't confuse them with a nutritious snack, experts say. That's because they're highly processed, and not nearly as good for you as fresh fruits and vegetables. It is definitely cheaper to buy in bigger packages or bulk and repackage yourself into smaller serving sizes. Look at the back of the bag and see how many ounces, chips, cookies, etc is 1 serving size and the number of calories and pack accordingly.

Don't forget about nutrition! While cookies and chips may taste good they are not fuel for your body. Try a whole food snack instead.

Here are the 10 worst offenders along with the percentage increase that consumers pay for the 100 calorie versions.

1. Cheese Nips 279%

2. Keebler Chips Deluxe Cookies 250%

3. Chex Mix 248%

4. Ritz Crackers/Snack Mix 229%

5. Goldfish Pretzels 196%

6. Keebler Graham Crackers 188%

7. Oreo Cookies/Thin Crisps 187%

8. Keebler Sandies Cookies 185%

9. Snyder’s Pretzels 175%

10. Chips Ahoy Cookies/Thin Crisps 175%


Hartz Vitamin Care for Cats Recalled

The Hartz Mountain Corporation is voluntarily recalling a second specific lot of Hartz Vitamin Care for Cats due to concerns that bottles within the lot may have been potentially contaminated with Salmonella. Hartz is fully cooperating with the US Food and Drug Administration in this voluntary recall. Hartz recalled a specific lot code of Hartz Vitamin Care for Cats last November due to similarconcerns. Both lot codes were manufactured for Hartz by UFAC (USA) Inc. in 2007, and were removed from distribution last November. However, bottles from the second lot had been shipped to customers prior totheir having been removed from distribution

Read the FDA article


Is Your Pet Food On The Recall List?

On March 15, 2007, FDA learned that certain pet foods were sickening and killing cats and dogs. FDA found contaminants in vegetable proteins imported into the United States from China and used as ingredients in pet food.

A portion of the tainted pet food was used to produce farm animal feed and fish feed. FDA and the U.S. Department of Agriculture discovered that some animals that ate the tainted feed had been processed into human food. Government scientists have determined that there is very low risk to human health from consuming food from animals that ate tainted feed. All tainted pet food, animal and fish feed, and vegetable proteins continue to be recalled and destroyed.

As a result of FDA and USDA's comprehensive investigation, on February 6, 2008, FDA announced that two Chinese nationals and the businesses they operate, along with a U.S. company and its president and chief executive officer, were indicted by a federal grand jury for their roles in a scheme to import products purported to be wheat gluten into the United States that were contaminated with melamine.

Check this list monthly as it is always being updated....

Check to see if your dog or cat food is on the recall list


What Is BHT In Dog & Cat Food?

Do you know what BHT is?  Do you wonder when you see it listed in your dog and cat food ingredients if it is good for your pet?  BHT or Butylated hydroxytoluene is made from petroleum or coal tar.  BHT is found in most synthetic fragrances.

It contains toluene.  Chronic exposure has been linked to anemia, lowered blood count, liver or kidney damage, and effects on developing fetuses.

BHT is NOT good for pets or humans!  Please read your labels and think twice before purchasing products with BHT as a preservative. 

Life's Abundance and Flint River Ranch do not contain BHT or any other harmful ingredients to your pets. Feed Safe!


Pet Food Recall Lawsuit

Nationwide Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against Pet Food Companies and Retailers For Misleading Consumers Regarding the Contents of Pet Food.
“Premium” Pet Food Marketed and Sold as “Complete and Balanced” Has Historically Contained Such Items as Euthanized Dogs and Cats, Restaurant Grease, Hair, Hooves, and Diseased Animals, and Other Inedible Garbage.


Keeping Our Pets Safe by Dr Jane Bicks

Keeping Our Pets Safe

Although I live in Florida, it still gets cold here on my small farm in the winter. In fact, just recently the overnight temperature was forecast to fall to 35 degrees and I made sure that all my outside animals were safe and warm and my dog, Otto, and his feline playmates were just as comfortable inside the house. This experience reminded me of how hard the winter cold can be on our companion animals. It can even be deadly at times. And while I am sure that most of you do not live with two horses, a goat, a cow, a dog and two cats, protecting your companion animals from the hazards of the cold weather is quick and easy.

First and foremost, the majority of our companion animals live indoors and they are accustomed to a warm environment. So please keep in mind that indoor pets cannot adjust to the harsh cold just because they are animals. Remember, if it is too cold for you outside then it is too cold for your pet. If your pet is accustomed to being outside during the day, make sure he or she is properly protected. For dogs, a dry dog house with a raised floor and some thick bedding made of straw or blankets will help keep them as comfortable and safe as possible. Check the water bowl to make sure it’s not frozen. Animals should not stay outside for an unlimited amount of time if it is very cold. Young, old and sick animals are particularly vulnerable to the cold and should not be exposed to freezing temperatures for any length of time. Please make sure you consult your veterinarian if you have any questions about this. In the meantime, here are some simple guidelines.

Indoor Tips

Fireplaces and space heaters are great to warm up a room, but they also can spell trouble for companion animals. Most pets will try to get close to a heat source and may accidentally get burned or even tip a space heater over. So keep an eye on your dog or cat so everyone stays safe and cozy.

Pet beds are great places in which to snuggle and keep warm during the winter months. They come in all shapes, sizes, colors and price ranges. Cats love the winter sun, so why not clear a spot near a window for your cat to bask tranquilly during the day.

Indoor heat and humidity changes can raise havoc with your companion animal’s skin and coat, so take a little extra time now and then to brush your furry friend.

Outdoor Tips

Antifreeze is deadly. If enough is ingested, it can cause kidney failure. It is a cruel fact that this toxic substance has a sweet taste, so animals are drawn to it. Even a small amount can be extremely hazardous to your pet’s health. Please clean up spills in the driveway and store containers out of the reach of your companion animals.  An alternative is to purchase a non-toxic antifreeze.  Check with your car mechanic for more information on this.

Although the salt used to melt snow and ice on roadways helps us drive safely, it can be harmful to the pads of your pet’s feet, so make sure you wipe the feet with a damp towel after a romp outside.

Cats and other small animals will often climb inside a parked car, near the engine because it is a warm refuge. Before you start your car, bang on the hood or honk your horn to scare any animals away and avoid a horrible accident.

Before taking your dog out for a winter walk, fit him or her with a sweater or heavy tee shirt. This is an inexpensive way to protect your dog from the cold and it works great for small and large dogs. The freezing cold temperatures constrict the bronchi of the lungs, so it is important to keep the chest warm.

Here’s one final word of advice for all pet parents with senior and arthritic dogs and cats. The cold weather is particularly hard on these animals. Their joints may be become a little more tender than usual and their mobility may decrease due to stiffness. Supervision when climbing stairs or walking on the ice outside is necessary to avoid slip and fall accidents. A ramp will make it easier to get in and out of the house. And, of course, a comfortable pet bed really goes a long way for these animals.

I hope you and your companion animals enjoy a wonderful and safe winter season.


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