Pet Food Recall Expands, Again

Pet owners beware.

The FDA announced today there are more food your pets cannot eat, and the original recall is being expanded.

Is there anything left on the shelves that is safe for our animals?

Today, Sunshine Mills added its dog biscuits to the list of recalled pet foods.

Menu foods, which originally recalled 60 million containers,is widening the dates during which its brands may have been contaminated.

The FDA believes as of today, no more pet food, and no human food is at risk. Dr. Stephen Sundloff of the FDA Center for Veterinary Medicine says, "My recommendation to consumers is, barring unforseen new info, we should Have it all wrapped up."

The FDA says it is traced the contamination to a Chinese importer of wheat gluten.

The agency found that product contaminated with melamine, used in fertilizer and plastics, never in food.

In animals, melamine can cause kidney failure.

At least 14 pets have died. "This is a big food scare for pets and their owners," explains Wayne Pacelle, representative of the Humane Society of the United States.

Some members of congress want hearings to hold the FDA
responsible for not keeping a better eye on the pet food industry.

In a letter to the FDA, two senators claim the agency has never inspected the plant identified as the source of the contamination. "The FDA is in flagrant violation of the trust of the american people, which expects the FDA to assure that pet food is safe," Bruce Friedrich of PETA explains.

Menu Foods has received more than 300,000 complaints about tainted pet food.

The FDA has received about 12,000, twice as many as it normally receives in a year.

The agency emphasizes, the brands involved in these recalls represent only a fraction, just 1% of the pet food on the market.

The pet food recall now includes Menu Foods with a November 8th, 2006 product date.

The FDA says the company started getting complaints February 20th.

It was almost a month later, March 15th, before its products were recalled.

There has been no explanation for why it took so long to get those items off store shelves.

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