Friday, March 23, 2007

Pet Food Recall Aftermath

First off, let me just say that Corrina is fine. Now I can relate my story without worrying anyone! :)

This morning I awoke to not one, but two piles of vomit on the floor (one of which I stepped in, bleck!). They were obviously from the dog. Not good. She didn't seem lethargic, which was a good sign, and she ate her breakfast fine. Still, I was concerned. I called the vet and, even though she was fully booked, she wanted me to bring Corrina in. The dog's demeanor was that of a healthy pup, but sometimes they don't want you to know they are in pain, so better to be safe than sorry. Dr. Rhode (who is the most awesome vet ever!) had me bring in a couple pouches of Corrina's old food and ran blood & urine tests on the pup. She said it was probably that the puppy ate something that didn't agree with her, but she was glad I brought her in just be safe. And she is fine, as I stated earlier. Dr. Rhode said that she is extremely healthy. Thank goodness! Now I can obsess about something else! ;)

Now, onto the Recall news. As you may have heard they have identified the substance that caused the deaths as aminopterin, which is a chemotherapy drug that is also used as a rat poison in other countries, but not the US. Apparently it was used as an abortion drug at one time as well. This drug is not even in current use as a cancer treatment, only in research! According to the news reports, they have no idea how it found it's way into the food, however they are NOT launching a criminal investigation! WHAT?! Why the hell not?! How did this substance, that is basically outlawed in the US except for research, find it's way into 2 separate food processing plants?!

Your government at work, folks!


Saltwater purls said...

SO two questions about your widget, is it considered piracy to upload music onto the internet (or only when other people download it) and who are the bands?

Ruinwen said...

I'm glad that Corrina is doing fine and very healthy. :) No criminal investigation seems a little irresponsible of the FDA don't ya think?

Anonymous said...

Actually, the behavior of the FDA isn't surprising, especially with this particular administration. The news reported that China sprays its wheat with the rat poison, probably to control the rat population that might be eating that wheat. If this is the source, and no one's sure about that yet, the U.S. probably won't have any say in it, and it'll be up to the pet food companies to change their source of ingredients. Too early to tell yet, but I hope no other pets have problems from this. Glad your baby is fine, Kim.

Kimberly said...

Ingrid, I believe it is only piracy if you are downloading the music. Uploading legally obtained music to a file site is legal. And using a widget to play the music on your site isn't illegal, otherwise the internet radio stations would be shut down.

As for the artist, right now the play list includes Grant Lee Phillips, Robyn Hitchcock, Essex Green, Tom Waits, XTC, Elvis Costello, Bauhaus, Barenaked Ladies, Belly, Portishead, Cake, Elton John, King Crimson, Mazzy Star, Men at Work, The Kinks, Randy Newman, OK Go, Natalie Merchant, REM, Squeeze, & Glenn Tilbrook.

Was that too much info? :)