CAT FOOD RECALL

                Concern among pet owners is growing as officials look for the source of contamination that prompted the recall of more than 90 dog and cat foods across North America.The products, totalling more than 60 million cans and pouches, have been responsible for at least seven animal deaths in the U.S., says the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). But numerous unconfirmed reports have popped up across Canada as well.

                The FDA is focusing on wheat gluten as a possible source of the contamination that sparked the recall last week. Because wheat gluten itself wouldn’t cause kidney failure, FDA investigators are examining other ingredients as possible sources of contamination. Those include heavy metals like cadmium and lead or fungal toxins. Aflatoxin, a corn fungus, sparked a 2005 dog food recall.

Veterinarians say the signs of kidney failure are:

  • a change in water consumption,
  • a change in the amount of urination
  • a decreased appetite
  • possible vomiting
  • generalized weakness or malaise

RECALLED PET FOOD LISTS

Cats  | Dogs

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