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Apr 21, 2007, 5:28 PM

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Dear Pet Owner,

Since 16th March 2007, US pet food manufacturers have voluntary recalled more than 100 brands of commercial pet foods suspected of contamination. Many pets have died or fallen ill after consumed some of these pet foods. Existing products have been discovered to be contaminated and added to the recall-list everyday. US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) have also identified a banned substance known as melamine to be the likely cause of contamination. Melamine was later found to be present in wheat, rice, and corn gluten imported from China to produce pet foods in US. It is likely that the same raw materials are used in pet food production outside of US [1] and the finished products may have entered our country.

Pets that have consumed contaminated pet foods develop the symptoms of food refusal (anorexia), vomiting, frequent urination (polyuria), and lethargy [2]. As the illness progress, these pets show the symptoms of kidney failure. If your pet shows some of these symptoms, you are advised to refer to your veterinarian as soon as possible. You should also request your veterinarian to perform a blood test specifically on the levels of urea nitrogen (BUN) and creatinine [3].

If you suspect you have recalled pet food or you are not certain about the status of your pet food, you can call up the distributor for verification. The telephone number and address are usually listed on the container. Another good source of information is your veterinarian. Make sure you store your pet food in a safe place to prevent accidentally feed to your pet until you are sure of its status. If your pet happens to develop symptoms of kidney failure as confirmed by your veterinarian, you should report to the pet food distributor immediately. Responsible distributor shall collect sample from you for testing. You can also request the government veterinary laboratory [4] to perform chemical tests for suspected poison on your pet food. All the latest recall information and development of the investigation are readily available in the internet [5].

Please help to disseminate this information and save the animals.



1. http://www.fda.gov/...petfoodrecallup.html
2. http://www.diaglab.vet.cornell.edu/...MenuPFROwnerInfo.pdf
3. http://www.diaglab.vet.cornell.edu/pdf/MenuPFRVetInfo.pdf
4. http://agrolink.moa.my/...vetlab/lablocat.html
5. http://www.itchmo.com/


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