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« Reply #30 on: October 10, 2009, 05:00:06 PM »

Here we go again. My heart goes out to this poor woman, her cat and the others who will undoubtably either perish or be sickened from yet another lack of concern and QA from a PFC. Most people will not know about this soon enough to save their cats. I do hope they are spreading the word among all vets. Is there a notification system?
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« Reply #31 on: October 11, 2009, 07:40:10 AM »

Your statement is just so spot on Petslave!  At this site  http://www.amcny.org/  is a statement from State of New York, Dept of Agriculture and Markets about the Diamond pet food recall.  Im still not understanding why FDA has not put out a notice about this, if New York Dept of Agric is, wouldnt you think FDA would?  FDA, your system doesnt work...I see nowhere where there is any concern for pet owners and pets, these types of recalls need to be advertised as much as possible to avoid other cats getting ill, shouldnt that be their primary concern?  I guess I will never get it... Undecided
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How very sad.  This statement by the company really makes me mad,

"The company says vitamin B-1 deficiency would only have been a problem if the food was fed by itself and not mixed with other cat food. "

Isn't the food supposed to be complete?  Did it say on the bag, "NOT to AAFCO standards as a complete food, feed your cat something else too"?  Many people feed their pets one food at a time.  That's what many of the companies push on us all the time in their advertising.
 

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« Reply #32 on: October 12, 2009, 09:01:33 AM »

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/sophia-yin/pet-food-company-recalls_b_316041.html

A veterinarian who writes for Huffington speaks out on Diamond Pet Edge cat food recall

Sounds so reasonable and well handled with all the information consumers don't have access to.
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« Reply #33 on: October 12, 2009, 12:14:56 PM »

Yeah isnt it nice that Diamond and a couple of vets knew about the problem....so where is the ethical responsibility on the part of the vets to get word out to FDA about this and for Diamond to publicize this recall as much as possible so no other cats get affected?  Im not impressed.

The vet said "Diamond Pet Food has been working closely with veterinarians and has been extremely forthcoming and helpful. They were right on the ball getting the testing done, communicating with us what they were finding, and helping clients to cover the bills."

Pardon me while I gag.  And again, how bout those that didnt know this was the reason their cat was ill because the vets involved and Diamond failed to get word out as much as possible.  Angry


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« Reply #34 on: October 12, 2009, 12:35:00 PM »

I don't think you can predict this. We've seen this problem in canned diets, kibble and home cooked diets. However, most of the cases I've seen personally have been associated with smaller manufacturers, although Diamond is a large company with a long history of experience with various brands. Hopefully, we will discover the exact cause of the error and that this is an isolated incident that will lead to improved quality control.


Excuse me, but is this vet on glue? "Diamond is a large company with a long history of experience..." This should have read, "Diamond is a large company with a long history of recalls and they obviously don't do any testing prior to releasing their products." She also thinks that this will lead to improved quality control. BAHAHAHA! I think I've seen more of these things happening lately to very large companies -- hello Nutro and friends? They don't even know what the cause of the error is. Hey, maybe they use the same premix manufacturer that Nutro uses. They seem to have a QA problem too.
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« Reply #35 on: October 12, 2009, 06:47:03 PM »

And no mention anywhere about any deaths. Soooo disgusting.
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« Reply #36 on: October 12, 2009, 09:57:42 PM »

http://www.whec.com/news/stories/S1183603.shtml?cat=572

WHEC-TV, Rochester, NY October 9, 2009

Cat dies apparently from pet food

"A major pet food maker has recalled two brands of dry cat food in the Rochester area. But it wasn't soon enough for a Rochester woman whose cat died apparently from eating the food.

""Lovely Lilly. I miss you so. And I don't understand why she had to go." Amy Parnell read from a poem she wrote after four-year-old cat Lilly died last month. "A more loving kitty I have never known. Your purrs ring loud in my ears. Our time together was much too short, but the love we shared will last forever."

"Parnell has three other cats. She described Lilly as a plain old domestic short hair cat. Parnell noticed something wrong one day when Lilly didn't come to eat with the other cats. "I found her and she was kind of curled up with her head on her chest. When I got her to open her eyes, her pupils were very dilated. And she wasn't able to stand," said Parnell. "I picked her up and she fell right over."

"Parnell says her cat died apparently from eating Premium Edge cat food, which was found to be missing thiamine, also known as vitamin B-1. The company discovered the problem after a number of pet owners and veterinarians called in about cats showing neurological symptoms. The company said it did not find any toxins in the food.

"Parnell said her veterinarian did a bunch of tests, but couldn't figure out why a healthy four-year-old cat was seriously ill.
"And they all felt that letting her go would be the thing to do because the cost would have gone into the thousands of dollars. It's hard. I'm buying her and my cats expensive cat food, thinking I'm doing something really good for them. And it ends up taking her life. It's kind of hard to swallow."

"Parnell bought the cat food at a store in Stone Ridge Plaza in Greece. The company says vitamin B-1 deficiency would only have been a problem if the food was fed by itself and not mixed with other cat food. And Parnell said that apparently was the problem. Lilly was finicky, and it was the only pet food her cat lilly would eat.

"The company has asked all retailers to pull the Premium Edge Finicky Adult Cat and Premium Edge Hairball Cat foods with the following codes (RAF0501A22X 18lb., RAF0501A2X 6 lb., RAH0501A22X 18 lb., RAH0501A2X 6lb) from shelves.

"Symptoms of thiamine deficiency:
- Ventroflexion (bending in a downward position) of the neck
- Muscle weakness
- Ataxia (wobbly walking)
- Seizures
- Fixed, dilated pupils
- Paralysis of the muscles around the eye"

Just a question - with the above symptoms - are not some the same as in the cats in Australia? Would blasting food with cobalt radiation destroy more nutrients then anyone lets on? Was this Premium Edge blasted or not - does anyone know? Mind you these are just questions that stand out from the symptom list.
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« Reply #37 on: October 13, 2009, 12:31:31 AM »

Hello JJ
The exact same thought crossed my mind when I first saw this.

However to the best of my knowledge (and there are many different symptoms with the irradiated Orijen cats) I do not recall anyone reporting dilated pupils or paralysis of the muscles around the eyes. Nor was there, as far as I can recall, any report of forward flexion of the neck. I am sure Dr Child would have mentioned these symptoms in her published paper had that been the case.  I agree with you the other symptoms are the same/similar. If anyone from the Orijen affected cat community cares to report if they have seen any of these symptoms, it can only add to the body of knowledge and yes, raise alarm bells as to what happened to the Premium Edge food to cause this disaster. Poor lady in Rochester, I do so feel for her.

As you can probably imagine, I've done quite a bit of Googling on ataxia in cats and it can be caused by a number of different things and the symptoms are often similar but the other symptoms occurring with the ataxia tend to vary according to the cause.

Now I know about this forum, I check in every so often to see what other pet foods are being recalled and the symptoms/causes. And I am now convinced that feeding petfood to our pets is something of a Russian roulette game and prefer to only feed human grade food to my pets now.

Thanks for still thinking of us down here. Recapping:

97 affected, 30 dead, around 40 recovered to a good degree, and 15 still in some stage of recovery/rehab and with a fair degree of ataxia and/or paralysis. (According to Dr Child when I saw her recently with my cat, who is one of the 15). And still no closer to pinpointing the exact mechanism of the disease process, but certain it was irradiation-caused. Inequitable degree of reimbursement by Champion across the board from the ones I know about. Some who were over the Fund cap getting a second  payout in the review, others not, with no explanation. And now a formal letter to tell us that's the end of their involvement, no more reimbursements, no more research (in spite of saying they would continue to research) and none of their own test results announced (in spite of promising they would). Instead the quoting of case history path results/Australian vet research on their website without permission and without paying for it. Unhappy owners, unhappy vets.

Sorry, not wishing to hijack, just need to keep this front of mind you understand, now they've washed their hands of it I don't care how pi88ed off I make them.  Angry


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« Reply #38 on: October 13, 2009, 06:38:19 AM »

I, too, thought about the Oz cats, but the reason for their symptoms are mainly due to demyelination. I don't expect that any of the Rochester cats have had an MRI and if they had, we don't know about it. The other thing I was thinking about was the other cats that had similar symptoms around the same time as the Orijen recall, but in different parts of the country. There was one particular, in the UK who eventually passed away. I wonder if a thiamine deficiency could have been the cause.
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« Reply #39 on: October 13, 2009, 02:46:40 PM »

One of the scientific papers that we found when the first reports of sick cats came out of AU discussed a thiamine deficient cat food.  They never mentioned the brand in the article unfortunately, but it was so long ago it probably doesn't matter.  (article may be disturbing to some)

http://www.erin.utoronto.ca/~w3bio319/

According to what they found, paralysis happens in only a few weeks for cats not getting enough thiamine.  Not a lot of leeway when it comes to levels of thiamine in cat food.  It's absolutely necessary for it to be there, and in sufficient quantities.  Another reason they need to clean up their act on pet food supplements.


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« Reply #40 on: October 13, 2009, 04:23:43 PM »

Since you can't get too much of the water-soluble B vitamins, I always give my clan a brewers yeast tablet every couple of days.
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« Reply #41 on: October 13, 2009, 05:28:39 PM »

I add brewers yeast powder to every other batch of homemade. I usually have 3-4 at a time in the freezer & rotate them. I've been doing this for 2 years now & I know things can be forgotten. I've done it myself,but when its homecooked you make yourself a note to adjust what you add in the bowl. Pfc's need to start letting people know there is a problem,not waiting until pets are sick &/or dying. A brewers yeast or B complex crushed & added to the food would have prevented this from being such a problem,if only people knew they needed to add it.
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« Reply #42 on: October 20, 2009, 10:02:33 AM »

I put this info in a separate thread but thought it should be put here too.  FDA has put out a notice on the Diamond Premium Edge cat food recall!  You can tell by their statement, this was not done by the company but by FDA.  This is great to see! Maybe this can help serve as notice to other companies who try to keep their recalls silent, that FDA can put out notices on their own if they feel the problem is serious enough to harm pets. I just hope no more kitties are affected by this food....

http://www.fda.gov/AnimalVeterinary/NewsEvents/CVMUpdates/ucm187218.htm
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« Reply #43 on: October 20, 2009, 11:27:56 AM »

I don't think we have a copy of this yet:

http://rocnow.com/article/local-news/200991015007

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle October 15, 2009

"At least 14 cats in the Rochester area have been sickened by problem cat food that has been voluntarily recalled by the maker.

"On Oct. 3 Diamond Pet Foods, based in Meta, Mo., announced the recall of Premium Edge Finicky Adult Cat Food and Premium Edge Hairball Cat Food, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

"The food, sold in bags with the codes RAF0501A22X, RAF0501A2X, RAH0501A22X, and RAH0501A2X, lacked thiamine, an essential vitamin for cats, which helps maintain a healthy central nervous system.

"Problems associated with the cat food have been concentrated in the Rochester area. There has been one other case of a cat affected by the food in New York City, according to the ASPCA."
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« Reply #44 on: October 20, 2009, 12:36:43 PM »

I wonder why it's so localized?  Is this a food that is only sold in that area?
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