F.D.A. Bids to Regulate Animal Food, Acting After Recall and Deaths

 

Pigs ate at a farm in Middletown, Pa., in 2012.

JESSICA KOURKOUNIS FOR THE NEW YORK TIMES
By SABRINA TAVERNISE
October 25, 2013

The Food and Drug Administration proposed rules on Friday that would govern the production of pet food and farm animal feed for the first time.

The regulation would help prevent food-borne illness in both animals and people, officials at the agency said, as people can become sick from handling contaminated animal food and from touching pets that have eaten it.

The proposal comes six years after the biggest pet food recall in history, when a Chinese producer contaminated dog and cat food with melamine, a compound used in plastics, causing the deaths of animals across the United States.

The public outcry helped lead to the inclusion of animal food in the Food Safety and Modernization Act, a landmark food safety bill, which passed with broad support in 2010 and was the first major overhaul of the Food and Drug Administration’s food safety laws since the 1930s. It gives the F.D.A. more control over food imports as well as broad new powers to set standards to prevent contamination of produce and processed food. The rules proposed Friday offer details on how this would be accomplished.

Jerky treats have also caused pet deaths. Since 2007, the F.D.A. has counted about 580 pet deaths, nearly all dogs, connected to chicken, duck and sweet potato jerky treats, nearly all of which were imported from China. It is not clear if the new regulations could have prevented the deaths because the F.D.A. is not sure yet what the hazard is.

The agency had received more than 3,000 complaints about the jerky over five years. The reports involve more than 3,600 dogs and 10 cats. One sickness associated with the treats, an illness of the kidneys known as Fanconi syndrome, appears to be concentrated more in smaller dogs, the agency said.

The proposal is open for public comment for 120 days. If passed, it would regulate the production of feed for millions of farm animals, including cows, pigs and chickens, as well as pet food. In all, there are about 78 million dogs and 86 million cats as household pets in the United States.

Much like regulations proposed for human food this year, the rules would require makers of animal food sold in the United States to develop a written plan to prevent food-borne illnesses, like salmonella, and to put it into effect. Producers would need to put protective procedures into place at critical points in the production process where problems are likely to arise.

For example, for canned dog food, producers might have to set up a system to monitor whether the food has been cooked long enough at the right temperature, said Michael R. Taylor, deputy commissioner for foods and veterinary medicine. They would also need to keep records to document it.

“We know from experience that when the system doesn’t deliver, people get irate,” Mr. Taylor said. “It’s all about having a systematic plan to make the food safe.”

The rules would also require producers to correct problems that arise and re-evaluate their plans at least every three years. And they would require them to maintain standards of cleanliness for the facilities and people who work in them. Smaller businesses would have more time to comply with the rules, once they become final. If companies do not comply, the agency said it could take any number of actions, including issuing warning letters, advising consumers, and in some cases, seizing products and prosecuting producers.

The proposal does not address the use of antibiotics given to animals, sometimes in feed. Public health advocates warn that the practice is contributing to dangerous levels of antibiotic resistance in humans.

 

 

http://mobile.nytimes.com/2013/10/26/health/fda-moves-to-regulate-food-for-animals.html

Jerky treat recall: 600 pet deaths and 3,600 fall ill, list of pet treat recalls

October 23, 2013
A jerky treats recall is making headline news Wednesday morning after a variety of jerky pet treats are included in the recall. The jerky treats that fall under this recall are all made in China and they are suspected to have caused the death of 600 pets and sickened 3,600 others, according to “Fox and Friends” live on Wednesday Oct. 23.

The Christian Science Monitor today reports that the FDA is asking for the help of pet owners whose dogs and cats have become sick after eating a jerky treat. The FDA has no idea why so many animals have gotten sick and died after eating these pet treats. They are asking that you report any sickness or death of your pet after eating these products to the FDA.

The majority of the deaths and illnesses prompting this jerky treat recall have been dogs, but a small amount of cats are included out of the 3,600 illnesses. The symptoms come on rather quickly after the pet eats one of the jerky treats:

Within hours of pets eating one of these jerky treats they can suffer from a decreased appetite, decreased activity, vomiting and diarrhea among other symptoms. These treats are sold under a variety of brand names as jerky tenders or strips made of chicken, duck, sweet potatoes or dried fruit. Most of these jerky treats were made in China.

The FDA reports that severe cases of sickness after a pet ingesting a treat have occurred, which involves kidney failure, gastrointestinal bleeding, and a rare kidney disorder. The companies below have voluntarily recalled their products.

The Jerk treat recalls include:

Nestle Purina PetCare Co. recalled:

Waggin’ Train
Canyon Creek Ranch brand dog treats

Del Monte Corp. recalled:
Milo’s Kitchen Chicken Jerky
Chicken Grillers home-style dog treats

Publix stores recalled their private brand of:
Chicken Tenders Dog Chew Treats

IMS Pet Industries Inc. recalled:
Cadet Brand Chicken Jerky Treats sold in the U.S.

Other companies had removed their jerky treats from the store shelves when in January a New York state lab found evidence of up to six drugs in some of the jerky treats made in China.
You can read the entire FDA statement on the jerky treats recalls here on the FDA website.

 

http://www.examiner.com/article/jerky-treat-recall-600-pet-deaths-and-3-600-fall-ill-list-of-pet-treat-recalls

 

 

PRETTY for PETS

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One of our favorite animal advocate, friend and neighbor, Andrea Grane, is attempting to raise funds for pets in need. We will tell you all about the campaign later. In the meantime, the Jumping Bulldog has come up with an idea to support Andrea and the needy pups of Heavenly Angels Animal Rescue.

We are pleased to share with you “PRETTY for PETS”.

Our groomers make doggie accessories with materials they pay for themselves, and each dollar donated will be rewarded with a free accessory 

Check it out, and please let us know what you think about this idea.

 

FDA to vets: Watch out for jerky pet treats; some linked to illness, death

By CNN Staff

updated 9:53 PM EDT, Tue October 22, 2013
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • The FDA says it’s received reports of thousands of pets getting sick
  • Official: “This is one of the most elusive and mysterious outbreaks we’ve encountered”
  • The agency asks veterinarians to report illnesses tied to jerky pet treats
  • The FDA says most of the treats involved were made in China

(CNN) — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has a message for veterinarians and pet owners: If dogs or cats get sick after eating jerky pet treats, let us know.

The agency says it’s received reports of more than 3,600 dogs and 10 cats that got sick after eating jerky pet treats since 2007. Of those cases, the FDA says, more than 580 pets have died.

“This is one of the most elusive and mysterious outbreaks we’ve encountered,” said Bernadette Dunham, director of the FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine.

“Most of the jerky treats implicated have been made in China,” the FDA said. Investigators have tested more than 1,200 samples but haven’t uncovered what could be causing the illnesses.

On Tuesday, the FDA issued a letter to veterinarians asking for helptracking the illnesses. The agency also released a fact sheet for pet owners warning of possible symptoms, including decreased appetite, decreased activity, vomiting, diarrhea, increased water consumption and increased urination.

“FDA recommends that pet owners whose pet becomes sick after eating jerky pet treats should hold on to any unused portion of the product in its original container for at least 60 days, in case FDA calls to request samples for testing,” the fact sheet says. “Owners should place the container inside a sealable plastic bag, if possible.”

The FDA says there isn’t a particular brand for which consumers should watch.

“The illnesses have been linked to many brands of jerky treats,” the FDA says. “The one common factor the cases share is consumption of a chicken or duck jerky treat or jerky-wrapped treat, mostly imported from China.”

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NEW website launched!

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The Jumping Bulldog is pleased to announce the release of its newly designed website!

The website is more engaging with its modern client-centric and eye-catching layout. The site’s homepage welcomes visitors with:

  • a truly “jumping bulldog”,
  • bold colors,
  • a modern design,
  • a section for donations to your favorite pet charities,
  • a section with feature and special sale products,
  • an integrated blog,
  • enhanced shopping capability, and
  • online appointment booking.

You will also experience improved probe search functionality, adding to the user-friendly design.

We look forward to using our blog to provide you with even more information about our latest products and tips and tricks, and on how to have happy and healthy pets.

Keeping in touch with social media, the Jumping Bulldog is embracing Facebook and Twitter as a form of communication with our customers. Join the conversation by adding us to your favorite social media network, and to stay ahead on our latest products and pet related information.

The website will be updated on a regular basis, with news of events, product launches and new content.  So, please visit often; and if you experience any problems using the new website or if you have any suggestions, please contact us at info@jumpingbulldog.com.

We hope that you will enjoy browsing our new site, finding more options and information each time, and that it will be yet another way for enhancing your pet’s life.

And don’t forget, you can always book your grooming appointment online!

For the Luv’ of Pawz Charity Event @ the Jumping Bulldog

With great delay, but with no less joy, I’d like to share the PETS ALIVE “For the Luv’ of Pawz” event results.

 WE HAVE COLLECTED

$4,707 in cash donations and over $2000 in goods and food donations, and two dogs found loving new homes!

The organizers from PETS ALIVE have assured us that the Jumping Bulldog’s charity event on September 21, was BY FAR their most successful event this year.

Here is a huge YAY and THANK YOU to all the wonderful ladies from PETS ALIVE, for coming to Astoria, and for trusting the Jumping Bulldog with your lovable charges!!!

We must say a most heartfelt THANK YOU to all of the WONDERFUL FRIENDS, CUSTOMERS and SUPPORTERS of the Jumping Bulldog –it is amazing what our community can do when help is needed!  YOU GUYS ABSOLUTELY ROCK and I LOVE YOU ALL!!! 

Huge thanks are due also to Damian Jackson, who very generously DONATED a HOTDOG STAND, a POPCORN MAKER, a SLUSHY MACHINE, ALL the fixings AND HIS STAFF to ensure a successful event!  Damian, we are humbled by your generosity!!

Monica, our ever so patient and talented tattoo artist, who sat through countless crazy ideas and fulfilled everyone’s wishes.

And then there was Abigail Hammer, our 9–year old volunteer, who racked up a whooping $240 by yelling “a dollar for a life, please. Just one dollar!” and her 7-year old brother Dante.

We cannot forget our wonderful volunteers Gloria, Jesse, Carol, Amy, and Zoe and her two friends Brandon and Jacob, who walked our pups tirelessly throughout the day, and gave them a hefty dose of TLC –thank you so very much, guys!!

We would also like to express our thanks to our resident photographers Basia Avgostidis from “My Dog Needs a Walk”, and Patrick Barrigan, and Ian, our videographer, for sharing their time and talent with us to document the event.

And lets not forget the amazing JB staff for holding the fort all day, and for lending a hand wherever they could –you guys are the BEST ever!!

Last, but must certainly not least, thank you ever so much to my amazing and wonderfully caring friend Olga Vlachos.

Olga, your tenacity to help pets in need is inspiring, and PETS ALIVE and I are blessed to count you among our closest supporters and friends. Without you, none of this would have happened, and the entire pet population of PETS ALIVE thanks you –as do we! We love you, Olga!!!!

And all the goodies you stayed up baking for 24 hours straight weren’t bad either

With much love,

Tania & the JB Team

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