PetSmart Recalls Grreat Choice Dog Biscuits

The risk of salmonella contaminated peanut butter has lead to the recall of Grreat Choice Dog Biscuits at PetSmart. These are the effected products:

  • Small Assorted 32 oz.  barcode 73725702900
  • Small/Medium Assorted 4 lb.  barcode 73725700601
  • Small/Medium Assorted 8 lb.  barcode 73725700605
  • Small/Medium Assorted 10 lb.  barcode 73725702755
  • Large Assorted 8 lb.  barcode 73725700638
  • Extra Large Assorted 8 lb.  barcode 73725700779
  • Peanut Butter 4 lb.  barcode 73725700766

PetSmart also has information on the recall.

Pet Food Recall: Australia, Taiwan, & China

Three countries are recalling pet food. The recalls may not effect most of you, but they do highlight the continuing safety problems with pet food.

Australia is recalling Orijen Cat Food after over 20 cats became ill with symptoms of paralysis.  Some had to be euthanized.  The irradiation of the cat food is suspected to be the cause.  Australia requires that certain foods coming into the country must be irradiated.  Pet food must be irradiated at higher levels than human food.

Approximately 400 stray dogs in Taiwan died of liver failure after being fed Peter’s Kind-Hearted Dog Food in shelters.  The food was manufactured by Ji-Tai Forage Company and was contaminated with aflatoxin. It’s believed none of the food was sold in stores.  Aflatoxin is a toxic mold and one of the most carcinogenic substances on Earth.

China is recalling Optima dog food after it was linked with the deaths of at least 20 dogs in Beijing, Shanghai, Nanjing, and Hangzhou.  It too is believed to be contaminated with aflatoxin. There is some confusion as to the origin of the dog food. It may have been manufactured in Australia by Doane International Pet Products (owned by Mars Pet Care, U.S.), but Doane reportedly only manufactures in the U.S.  It is also possible the food is counterfeit.

I generally don’t run around like Chicken Little shouting the sky is falling, but the idea that gamma irradiation might have made Orijen Cat Food lethal is sobering.  Find out more about irradiation and U.S. policies concerning it from:

DIY: Crocheted & Felted Pet Bed

crochetbedFor those of you who crochet, here’s a pattern for a pet bed (scroll down) called Kitty Cuddles.  It’s crocheted & felted and is based on the KittyPi Bed (which is knitted & felted.)

The bed is shaped like a flat-bottomed bowl.  It’s soft and comfy, but has some structure due to the felting.  The bed looks very different before felting.

You’ll need to use a natural fiber yarn to get it to felt.  Here are a few  tutorials on felting:  this one covers both hand & machine felting, here is a printable one on machine felting, and another on hand felting.