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« on: August 25, 2009, 07:58:06 AM »

Please see Sandi K's post and links to Truth About Pet Food and Petition at The Petition Site.

http://itchmoforums.com/news-recall-related/hhs-report-on-recall-authority-for-melamine-contaminated-pet-food-2009-t9017.0.html;msg134261#msg134261

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/3/Pet-Food-Safety

Stop the FDA from Killing More PetsTarget:111th Congress of the United StatesSponsored by: TruthaboutPetFood.com
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« Reply #1 on: August 25, 2009, 08:17:47 AM »

Thanks JustMe, thats a good idea to put it in its own thread.  We need to get lots of signatures.  Its a simple matter of putting an electronic signature, takes only a few seconds and might be very worthwile.  At the very least it would show a united voice which is so desperately needed.   Also, anyone who is a member of any other pet forums, if they could post the link to the petition that would be wonderful! 
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« Reply #2 on: August 25, 2009, 02:16:33 PM »

Cross-posting text of petition posted with permission from Susan Thixton:

http://www.truthaboutpetfood.com/articles/429/1/Enough-is-Enough/Page1.html

Stop the FDA from Killing More PetsTarget:111th Congress of the United StatesSponsored by: TruthaboutPetFood.com

Do you know that the FDA is partially responsible for countless deaths of dogs and cats during the 2007 pet food recall?


This is not a feeling or hunch, this is FACT.  The Office Of Inspector General recently released its review of the FDAs handling of the 2007 Pet Food Recall, the deadliest Pet Food Recall in history.  Their findings blatantly state the FDA was lax in following their own procedures to remove deadly, contaminated pet food from store shelves. 

The result of this lax behavior? 

Perhaps thousands more dog and cat deaths in the United States and Canada.  Countless thousands of families with holes in their hearts.  Perhaps cumulatively millions of dollars spent on veterinary bills trying to save the life of a beloved pet. 

Here are quotes from The Office of Inspector General report...

FDA has developed procedures for monitoring recalls and assessing a firms recall effectiveness.  However, FDA did not always follow its procedures in overseeing three of the five recalls that we reviewed.  Furthermore, FDAs procedures were not always adequate for monitoring large recalls.  FDAs lack of authority, coupled with its sometimes lax adherence to its recall guidance and internal procedures and the inadequacy of some of those procedures, limited FDAs ability to ensure that contaminated pet food was promptly removed from retailers shelves.

Because FDA did not perform a detailed reconciliation of Menu Foods production records and raw material lists at the time of the March 2007 inspection, FDA was unaware that the production records did not document the transfer of 11,000 pounds of contaminated wheat gluten to a Canadian plant before the recalls began.  FDA remained unaware of the transferred wheat gluten until April 9, 2007, when FDA learned that the University of California at Davis had traced the death of a pet to a brand of Menu Foods pet food that was not on the recall list.  On April 11, 2007, FDA began an in depth reconciliation of Menu Foods%u2019 records and confirmed that the Canadian plant had produced melamine-contaminated pet food that was not on the recall list.
During the first round (of pet store inspections), FDA did not always adhere to its procedures when conducting audit checks at the 64 retail stores:
   Of the 64 store visit forms, 40 were missing one or more pieces of required information, such as the amount of product that the store had removed from its shelves and the amount still remaining on its shelves.
   FDA did not tabulate the results of the 64 store visits and therefore could not adequately assess the effectiveness of the recall effort as required.  Our tabulation of the first round of audit checks, based on the information available on the store visit forms, indicated that 20 percent of the stores visited still had recalled products on their shelves.
In addition, some of the 1,195 store visit forms that inspectors submitted did not contain all requested information or contained misclassified results.  For example, the store visit forms for 31 stores classified the recalls as effective even though the stores (1) had not received notice of the recalls or (2) said that they had received notice of the recalls but had not removed the products from their shelves.
According to FDA officials, FDA had specified during recall strategy discussions that Menu Foods should conduct effectiveness checks at 100 percent of its affected distributors and retailers, which FDA estimated to total more than 10,000.  Thus, Menu Foods conducted effectiveness checks at fewer than 30 percent of its distributors and retailers.  We found no evidence that FDA had followed up with Menu Foods to determine why the firm had not promptly initiated and completed the specified level of effectiveness checks.
 

In September, 2007, just months after the Deadliest Pet Food Recall in History, Congress mandated the FDA to initiate an improved Recall Notification System for pet food (required by law to be accomplished by September 2008).  http://www.truthaboutpetfood.com/articles/62/1/FDA-says-Dog-Ate-Homework/Page1.html

This has NOT been done.

The same laws required that the FDA properly define pet food ingredients, update pet food processing standards, and provide updated labeling standards (required by law to be accomplished by September 2009).  http://www.truthaboutpetfood.com/articles/62/1/FDA-says-Dog-Ate-Homework/Page1.html

This has NOT been done.

Despite Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act Law, an FDA policy allows pet food to contain diseased animals and euthanized animals; ground up and packaged as Healthy, Premium Dog Food or Cat Food. http://www.truthaboutpetfood.com/articles/137/1/Undeniable-Proof-the-FDA-allows-Pet-Food-to-Break-the-Law/Page1.html

FDA policy does NOT override Federal Law; yet no one in Congress Seems to Care.  http://www.truthaboutpetfood.com/articles/161/1/Congress-Doesnt-Care-the-FDA-is-Violating-Federal-Law/Page1.html

 

Enough is Enough!

 

Attention 74 Million U.S. Pet Owners

Are we going to sit around and wait for the next deadly pet food recall?

Or Are we going to do something to prevent it?


Please READ and sign the Petition to the 111th Congress of the United States (its their job to regulate the FDA).

There are 74 Million U.S. Homes with Pets.  Estimating two voting age residents of each home, we as a group are 148 Million Votes Strong.  Together WE HAVE THE POWER TO DEMAND THE FDA ABIDE BY FEDERAL LAW AND POSSIBLY PREVENT THE NEXT DEADLY PET FOOD RECALL!

Please Read and sign the Petition and forward to every pet owner you know.

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/3/Pet-Food-Safety
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« Reply #3 on: August 25, 2009, 05:14:34 PM »

The petition is up to 464 signatures already.
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« Reply #4 on: August 25, 2009, 05:54:24 PM »

I just checked and the petition does allow people from other countries to sign, so our Canada neighbors, our Australia friends, anyone can sign it.  Please sign and pass it around and let other forums knows about it too!  Yay!  Its interesting because you can go to the petition site and read all the comments from people.  Sad and encouraging at the same time...
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« Reply #5 on: August 27, 2009, 06:51:41 AM »

Over 600 signatures now on the petition, still needs tons more, please share with anyone you know...

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/3/Pet-Food-Safety
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« Reply #6 on: August 27, 2009, 07:05:16 AM »

I signed and so have some of my family members. I forwarded
to all in my address book.  Maybe we could try to keep this
bumped up for visitors to the forums.
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« Reply #7 on: August 27, 2009, 03:41:52 PM »

Good idea to keep it bumped up, rom6. I signed.
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« Reply #8 on: August 27, 2009, 04:11:17 PM »

I copied the article & forwarded it to the county humane society (Scooter, Ling, Diva & Dolly's former "home") hope they'll share it too.
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« Reply #9 on: August 27, 2009, 04:12:25 PM »

Good idea BP,we should all send it to any rescues we know.
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« Reply #10 on: August 28, 2009, 07:53:50 AM »

663 signatures on the petition, tons more still needed, please share with other pet parents, pet forums, etc

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/3/Pet-Food-Safety
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« Reply #11 on: August 28, 2009, 09:16:54 AM »

Sent it to contact the Whitehouse, my Senators, my Congressman, and Nancy Pelosi. Animal welfare
orgs are sure not jumping on this bandwagon. Is that because they depend on pet food donations?
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« Reply #12 on: August 28, 2009, 11:43:52 PM »

I would be more than happy to sign the petition. I got it via email the other day but thought I would be exempt, not being a US citizen.  I am curious that it will accept signatures from citizens of other nations. Does your government recognise informal petitions of this nature though? The only type of petition recognised here has to follow a particular formal format and is made to our House of Representatives, there are strict guidelines to follow. It can be presented independently or via a Member of Parliament, perhaps your local member. How does it work for you there?

I am happy to cross post it to a site I visit that is more of a warm fuzzy site and is U.S. based - haven't seen any of you lot over there!

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« Reply #13 on: August 29, 2009, 07:32:38 AM »

Hey, The Cats Mother, cross-post anywhere there are loving and concerned pet owners. People sure need
to know nothing has been done to prevent 2007 from happening again. Thank you.
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« Reply #14 on: August 29, 2009, 11:15:50 AM »

I am happy to cross post it to a site I visit that is more of a warm fuzzy site and is U.S. based - haven't seen any of you lot over there!

Could you share a link to this site?  Thanks.
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