Local look into a food fiasco | SummitDaily.com

Local look into a food fiasco

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Summit Daily/Mark Fox

SUMMIT COUNTY ” Pet owners continue to deal with the pet food recalls which were expanded again late last week.

“People are just freaking out,” said Paws and Claws Pet Supply owner Shannon Taylor. She has been receiving several calls daily since a recall was issued by Menu Foods in mid-March. Wheat gluten and rice protein concentrate have been named as the contaminated ingredients. Refunds are available.

Taylor said she and other local pet stores are working to help the affected pet owners to find another food that’s a fit for them and their pet, while some others are turning to making their own food.

Local veterinarian Michelle Gross warns that pet owners need to make sure they are educated before preparing their own pets’ food.

“Just throwing them some hamburger and veggies doesn’t do it,” she said. Most pet foods are formulated by an animal nutritionist, and owners should take that into account.

The recall has shown Robert Ginn, the Wal-Mart assistant manager who’s been dealing with the pets section since the recall started, how much people care about their pets. He’s been keeping the recalled items off the shelf, and said even if a recalled product were to make it up to checkout, it wouldn’t be sold once the product is scanned, and its recalled identity revealed.

However, the FDA has no control over this, and has reported some retailers still selling the recalled products.

Pet symptoms of kidney failure, which have been the reported effects of the contamination, include vomiting, not wanting to eat or the pet just generally not acting like themselves.

Gross said concerned pet owners can have a blood test done on their animals to find out if they are suffering from ingesting the toxic ingredients.

Leslie Brefeld can be reached at (970) 668-4626 or lbrefeld@summitdaily.com.

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