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FDA, Petco, and dog foods
I called the FDA this morning and was told that since I didn't have the lot number of the bag of food that I couldn't file a report. The lot number is at the top of the bag and gets ripped off when you open it. I have the bar code and the sell by date but that isn't enough. That taught me to always keep the lot number and I wonder how many dogs get sick that the FDA won't take a report on.
There's a test kit you can buy online to test your dog's food for bacteria but the man from the FDA said that there could just be a piece of food that was tainted and unless you tested the whole bag that the test wasn't helpful.
He also said that canned food was safer than dry because it's chemically heat treated..but something could still get in there.
He went on to say that what the public doesn't know is that there are only several places that make most of the dog foods and that while you may think you're feeding the best, you probably have the same ingredients as in a cheaper bag but under different labels. (That doesn't make sense to me but I'm repeating what he said)
One person at Halo takes reports of animals getting sick from their food and she's on the phone. I'm waiting (and waiting, and waiting) for her to call me back.
I called the vet's office and asked if tests were run to find a bacteria and was told yes and given the name of the bacteria found. The receptionist didn't know how to spell it but we have an appt this afternoon and will have the vet write it down for us. It's spiro something or another that showed as the bacteria that got the dogs sick.
Oh, I almost forgot something important. He said that none of the food at the Petco facility was tainted and that it was the facility that was dirty but not where the food was.
Last edited by JASHavanese; 07-07-2008 at 10:59 AM.