Dogs cannot contract “mad cow disease” from eating food that was made from the rendered remains of an infected cow, say authorities from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). Nor are dog owners at risk of contracting the disease from a dog who ate dry dog food made from infected meat.
These concerns spread like wildfire among dog owners upon hearing the news that two varieties of The Pet Pantry’s Canine Dry Food are being recalled by the company. Authorities in the CFIA recently traced rendered products from the Canadian cow discovered to be infected with bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) to The Pet Pantry, located in Carson City, Nevada, whose owners in turn traced the ingredients to specific batches of their products.
The voluntary return of the 1300 affected bags is a precaution to prevent discarded dog food from getting mixed with feed for cattle, goats, or sheep; cud-chewing ruminants ARE at risk of contracting the disease if they eat products that contain infected meat, even in foods that have been rendered. Customers who purchased dog food from The Pet Pantry since February should check their supplies and, if found, should call the company at 1-800-381-7387.
The Pet Pantry’s Canine Maintenance Diet, with a “use by” date of “17FEB04”
The Pet Pantry’s Canine Beef with Barley, with a “use by” date of “05MAR04”