November 28th 2011 9:24 am
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Per Iams it was a Product Pull. This is a scary revelation, I erroneously thought all pet food recalls were public, they are not! If any of you eat this, please check your labels and share this info with your friends too if you want.
What is a product pull?
The recall notice posted on the Price Chopper website, then promptly removed was "posted erroneously" according to a Iams Customer Service Representative. The notice that three varieties of Iams pet food tested with "elevated aflatoxin levels" wasn't meant for public notice. It was a product pull, not a recall. Thanks to Price Chopper for doing right by petsumers or we wouldn't have even known about this.
For those new to this website (and the truth about pet food), there is something you should be aware of. It is known in the industry as a 'product pull'. We call it a silent recall. A product pull/silent recall is when a pet food manufacturer discovers a problem with a food - which could be serious or could be something insignificant - and in turn the pet food manufacturer alerts retail outlets to 'pull' the product from store shelves and return to the manufacturer.
Iams Customer Service told me this was a "product pull". She stated "a small number of bags did not meet our specifications". "This was not a consumer recall". She also stated that Price Chopper "posted erroneously" the Iams notice to remove some pet foods from store shelves.
The same product pull notice "might have been sent to a couple of other stores" - but we don't know who those other stores are.
But we do know (thanks to Price Chopper) that these three foods tested with "elevated aflatoxin levels"...
Iams Original with Chicken Cat Food
Lot Number 12794177D3
Size 6.8 lbs.
Iams Original with Chicken Cat Food
Lot Number 12794177I5
Size 4 lbs.
Iams Lamb Meal with Rice Dog Food
Lot Number 12794177J4
Size 15 lbs.
Aflatoxin are "commonly found in corn, peanuts, cottonseed, milk, and tree nuts. After ingestion, aflatoxins are absorbed and carried to the liver via the circulatory system. They are then converted by the liver into toxic reactive epoxides which bind covalently to intracellular macromolecules such as DNA, RNA and protein enzymes, resulting in damage to liver cells. In addition to their hepatotoxic properties, aflatoxins are also carcinogenic. Mycotoxin contamination in pet food poses a serious health threat to pets."
From "Mycotoxins and the pet food industry: Toxicological evidence and risk assessment" by Herman J. Boermans and Maxwell C.K. Leung.
Thank you to Price Choppers for doing the right thing and posting the notice that these pet foods contained elevated aflatoxin levels! You bothered to warn consumers that had already purchased these pet foods. That shows real concern and integrity in my book.
Iams, I would love to hear from you (I'm sure my readers would too) on just exactly what the 'elevated levels of aflatoxin' were. I will be glad to share your side of the story with everyone.
Two years ago, thousands of pet owners wrote and called their pet food companies asking to put an end to Silent Recalls. We asked all pet food manufacturers to participate in a program called Pet Food Recall First Alert; which meant the pet food manufacturer would agree to notify customers of any product pull or concern with a pet food. The following companies agreed...
Nature's Logic Pet Food
Mulligan Stew Pet Food
The Honest Kitchen Pet Food
Wysong Pet Food
Complete Natural Nutrition
Solid Gold Pet Food
Dogswell Pet Food
Dr. Harvey's Pet Food
Fromm Family Pet Foods
Redbarn Premium Pet Products
Kumpi Pet Foods
Raw Health Pet Food
Champion Pet Foods (Acana and Orijen)
Thank you to the above companies. Petsumers deserve to know if a pet food tests for elevated aflatoxin levels and any other possible health risk.
Silent recalls or product pulls are NOT good for anyone. Please - all pet food manufacturers - just stop for a moment and think about the pets and the families of those pets that might already be eating foods that you quietly remove from store shelves. Don't those pets and those families deserve to know what is going on?
November 26th 2011 12:02 pm
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You can read about it here:
The products being recalled:
PRODUCT UPC LOT NUMBER SIZE
IAMS Original With Chicken Cat Food 1901403915 12794177D3 6.8 lbs.
IAMS Original With Chicken Cat Food 1901410504 12794177I5 4 lbs.
IAMS Lamb Meal With Rice Dog Food 1901403735 12794177J4 15 lbs.
Reason for Recall:
The product is being recalled due to elevated aflotoxin levels.
Please pass this along.
November 10th 2011 6:37 pm
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Purrs, purrs, purrs and more purrs! Two of my good friends are in need of purrs and the great support that Catster pals are so good at!
Teddy Bearz has been diagnosed with Hypercalcemia, which from our internet surfing can be caused by a variety of things, he has written about it in his diary, please go by and leave some purrs for him and his meowmy.
Our pal Hooch is having eye issues and has been diagnosed with glaucoma, the pressure in his eyes is high and the usual medicines used to bring it down are not working, it has been suggested by his vet that he may have a brain tumor causing the pressure. He has another vet appt with a specialist next week. His meowmy is so heartbroken and has been unable to update his diary. He has been through so much in the last couple of years, please go by and leave him and his meowmy some purrs.
I love both of these guys so much, I have my whole family purring, please join us.
October 12th 2011 4:23 pm
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We had to say good bye to my sisfur Fay today, she had respiratory problems and just could not get better. Meowmy couldn't let her suffer anymore, it was hard, we are very heartbroken. She was quite a character before she got so
sick, very opinionated, we love her very much, always.
September 28th 2011 1:15 pm
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Sorry we have not been here much. I am doing pretty good health-wise. My sisfur Fay is very sick right now with a respiratory infection, she is not responding well to the antibiotics and that has the vet and meowmy worried that something else may be going on, she has a appt. with the vet tomorrow. She could use some purrs.
I posted a couple of new photos on my page, one of cute little Stormy who was nicknamed Stormin Norman after me. He is super cute and his meowmy has raised him on a bottle since he was only about a day old. We are so thankful he is doing well.
I also posted a photo of the guardian angel that came with my mini-me, Meowmy got a new camera weeks ago and is still not used to it, as you can tell!
And speaking of Guardian Angels, my pal Sonny Bono has offered to be my guardian angel. I know he will be a good one. I kinda figure I have a lot of guardian angels helping me out.
My friend Tigger is turning 19 this week and he has plans to party all week long! Happy Birthday Tigger.
September 22nd 2011 10:36 pm
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Yesterday I got a package in the mail, I knew it was mine as soon as meowmy walked in the door with it. I could not wait for her to open it! It was my prize from the lovely Katerina for winning her diary caption contest. I rubbed all over the box until she got it open and then I rubbed my face all over the figurine copy of me. I so enjoyed getting a prezzie in the mail! I have pictures of it on my page, you all have to go see them! It is truly a treasure and it even came with a smaller guardian angel cat just for me! I have been needing one of those too. Meowmy is going to try and sneak the mini-me out so she can show the girls at the vet, but I will be keeping an eye on it, she is going to have to wait until I fall asleep.
Thank you Katerina, you would not believe how exciting this was for me and what a special treasure this will be for meowmy to keep forever! Meowmy was so happy to see me so excited and I tired myself plumb out! It was a great day for me.
I have had a busy week, my gotcha day was Wednesday and I had so many friends stop by, it was just wonderful, thank you all.
Of course the week wasn't all great, I had to go to the vet on Tuesday to be weighed. I got a good report and have even gained some weight, but meowmy took some of my siblings in for vaccinations at the same time and I had to listen to them whine the entire trip!
August 23rd 2011 9:07 am
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I just got back from the vets. My jaundice is hanging on but has improved slightly. My appetite is still not good, I just don't want to eat much. But I am eating small amounts, just not enough. Meowmy is syringe feeding me to make sure I get enough to eat, I hate it. I am still hiding for the most part and very tired of being messed with. I hissed at the vet today and tried to scratch him but he had two assistants holding me so I didn't get in any good kicks or scratches today. But at least I do still feel good enough to put up a good fight.
I am so very grateful for all of the purrs, comments and prezzies. We are big believers in the power of prayer and I know it is helping me and meowmy. Thank all of you who are displaying my picture on your page, you guys are the best. Everyone's support has meant so much to us, I don't think we could get through this without all of you.
August 18th 2011 6:42 pm
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First I must thank you all for making my tenth birthday my best ever. Given the year I have had it was a very important birthday for me.
I loved all of the comments and messages and of course the prezzies and pictures. You were all so kind to me and I love you and am so thankful to have such good friends.
I am sorry I have not updated you all on my health, I was doing good in July (26th) when I went to the vet and my medicine was discontinued, but it didn't last.
I started getting sick again just a week later and just kept getting worse. I am back on all of the medicine again, for a week and a half now and I am still not feeling good.
I have lost interest in food and am barely eating. I am hiding from the rest of the cats because I don't feel like being sociable, mainly just staying in meowmy's room.
The vet is doing all they can and meowmy has been praying a lot that I start feeling better.
Please don't send prezzies, I love them, but I have so many already and there are so many who don't have any. Please just send me some purrs and prayers, I really believe in the power of prayer.
June 11th 2011 2:29 pm
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Being Cat of the Day yesterday was a great honor and terrific fun! Meowmy was already behind in some of my family's birthday thank yous and now she is even further behind! But she will try to get some time this week-end to get caught up. I was so amazed by all of the congrats from all of my friends and even some new friends, really warmed my heart. Thank you all for making my special honor a special day.
June 7th 2011 8:28 pm
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Yesterday was one of those good days/bad days! It was good because my sisfur Marie had a great birthday, a birthday just a couple of years ago we thought she would never see. She is doing so much better. The bad part of the day was me having to go see the vethuman for a check-up. Originally when we made this appt the vet was going to do another round of labs on me, but decided not to. Meowmy was not very happy about that, but I was relieved. The vet says they are already doing all they can for me and the blood test would serve no purpose other than to worry meowmy---she is already worried. I had lost a tenth of a pound, which is not too bad and could have been because I had not eaten much before my visit, the vet was not concerned over it. My muscle tone is still good and my appetite is okay. I am still having to take the prednisone and probably will from now on, also still taking the denamarin and got a shot of B12. I was spitting mad at the vet as usual and got in quite a few good kicks and scratches to both the vet and his assistant.
Me and Marie enjoyed a nice feast of baked chicken in celebration of her birthday, separate plates so I would not get swatted of course. She is not near as sweet as she looks, she does not like any of us very much, she is only nice to meowmy and daddy most of the time.
We know that I will never be well again but for right now I am holding my own and that is the best we can hope for. I am thankful to have so many of my pals purraying for me, I know the power of the paw works! Thank you all for sticking by me, forgive us if we miss a few days here and there, meowmy has been trying to deal with all of this the best she can for my sake, but still has some very depressing days. Love you all, Normy