I know most everyone is aware of this pet recall. Catymology shares some shocking statistics and brings up an interesting questions. The food producers could offer to refund the cost of the food. It’s unlikely they will offer to pay for more if there continue to be more cases of pet illness. Owners who have pets who are effected may have hundreds of dollars in medical bills, irrespective of whether the pet lived or died.
The website that Aloysious links to has a more general analysis of the legal implications. It’s a short article. It mostly covers the various legal action that could be taken if owners are unsatisfied with Menu Foods offers of recompense.
Things to do get into the food supply. It happens with humans. I think pet food issues should be taken just as seriously. I’m fortunately that although I only eat canned food, we eat only organic brands carried by our local coop. The People’s Co-op looks for foods that are mostly local (although I doubt the pet food is) and organic. They’ve stopped carrying brands that have additives that may not be good for people, such as high fructose corn syrup. We’ve been eating a new brand they started carrying a few months ago. Georgia loves it. Before that we would get it when we were closer to the Whole Foods. The coop checkers always ask if our cat likes it.
Having had several cats and read about pet food, it’s harder to judge what is okay in a pet food versus what isn’t. We expect these foods to be nutritious. We expect them to be safe. We expect that they will give us energy and offer us what we need to get from food.
In our household, we look for human quality ingredients, which means no “by products”. While as cats we might eat the beaks and chew the bones for marrow, we doubt there is much nutrition in them after this processing. We look for minimal amounts of additives and as few preservatives as possible. No BHA or BHT, both of which are known allergens. We try to get organic foods whenever possible. We also try and stick with foods that make our naturopathic vet happy to know we are eating. Vets typically know about quality control at the food companies.
We feel badly for those pet owners who were trying to feed premium brand foods, as most of these are, and who are paying the price because of a what sounds like a “supplier” change. Shouldn’t something have been checked before changing suppliers?