Our question this week was:
Dr. Debra – Do you know anything about LiveSmart foods being recalled?
Hi – thanks for your email. Yes, I just looked up and found a press release on this recall that I’ll paste it below.
LiveSmart Weight Management Chicken and Brown Rice Dog Food Recalled Due to Potential Melamine Contamination
Courtesy of AVMA
LiveSmart Weight Management Chicken and Brown Rice dog food was recalled by its manufacturer SmartPak on Friday, April 20. SmartPak is the fourth of five manufacturers that received potentially contaminated rice protein concentrate supplied by distributor Wilbur-Ellis. According to the SmartPak Web site, less than 1,200 pounds of product had left the company’s facility prior to the recall and SmartPark notified every affected pet owner via telephone and email (see the SmartPak Web site at: http://www.smartpakcanine.com/PetFoodRecalls.aspx).
The other pet food manufacturers that received potentially contaminated rice protein concentrate imported from China by the Wilbur-Ellis company included: Blue Buffalo Company, Natural Balance Pet Foods, and Royal Canin. Dr. Stephen Sundlof, director of the Center for Veterinary Medicine at the FDA, said that FDA tests were positive for melamine in a product by a fifth pet food manufacturer, but that manufacturer has elected to conduct private tests prior to recalling its product. Results are expected to be known within a day.
Melamine-contaminated wheat gluten was the source of the initial pet food recall issued on March 16, 2007. That recall has resulted in the recall of hundreds of dog and cat foods produced by Menu Foods.
In the wake of these recalls, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) reminds pet owners to continue to consult the AVMA listing of recalled pet food and discontinue feeding pets any food that has been recalled. The AVMA advices that any animal that is showing symptoms such as loss of appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, and changes in urination-common symptoms after consumption of recalled pet foods-should be seen by a veterinarian as soon as possible.
For a full list of recalled products, go to http://www.fda.gov/ora/fed_state/recalls/Recall.xls
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