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Nutro Products Announces Voluntary Recall of Limited Range of Dry Cat Food Products
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- Franklin, Tennessee (May 21, 2009) -- Today, Nutro Products announced a voluntary recall of select varieties of NUTRO® NATURAL CHOICE® COMPLETE CARE® Dry Cat Foods and NUTRO® MAX® Cat Dry Foods with “Best If Used By Dates” between May 12, 2010 and August 22, 2010. The cat food is being voluntarily recalled in the United States and ten additional countries. This recall is due to incorrect levels of zinc and potassium in our finished product resulting from a production error by a US-based premix supplier.
Two mineral premixes were affected. One premix contained excessive levels of zinc and under-supplemented potassium. The second premix under-supplemented potassium. Both zinc and potassium are essential nutrients for cats and are added as nutritional supplements to NUTRO® dry cat food.
This issue was identified during an audit of our documentation from the supplier. An extensive review confirmed that only these two premixes were affected. This recall does not affect any NUTRO® dog food products, wet dog or cat food, or dog and cat treats.
Affected product was distributed to retail customers in all 50 states, as well as to customers in Canada, Mexico, Japan, Korea, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, New Zealand, and Israel. We are working with all of our distributors and retail customers, in both the US and internationally, to ensure that the recalled products are not on store shelves. These products should not be sold or distributed further.
Consumers who have purchased affected product should immediately discontinue feeding the product to their cats, and switch to another product with a balanced nutritional profile. While we have received no consumer complaints related to this issue, cat owners should monitor their cat for symptoms, including a reduction in appetite or refusal of food, weight loss, vomiting or diarrhea. If your cat is experiencing health issues or is pregnant, please contact your veterinarian.
Consumers who have purchased product affected by this voluntary recall should return it to their retailer for a full refund or exchange for another NUTRO® dry cat food product. Cat owners who have questions about the recall should call 1-800-833-5330 between the hours 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM CST, or visit www.nutroproducts.com.
Recalled Pet Food
The varieties of NUTRO® NATURAL CHOICE® COMPLETE CARE® Dry Cat Foods and NUTRO® MAX® Cat Dry Foods listed below with “Best If Used By Dates” between May 12, 2010 and August 22, 2010 are affected by this voluntary recall.
One of my Zeta sisters, Karen, who I met playing SL on FB sent this to me for Miz Olivia:
Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge. When an animal dies that has been especially close to some- one here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water, and sunshine and our friends are warm and comfortable.
All the animals who have been ill and old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind. They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent; his eager body begins to quiver. Suddenly, he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.
You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.
We just got back from taking Olivia to the vets to put her to sleep. I awoke about 6:00AM hearing her "mau" -- she couldn't move herself. I woke Gordy and we were with her until the Vet's opened, then we met with Dr Bishop, he gave her something to keep her calm, then Gordy stayed in the room while I went to the car. I am so ashamed of myself. I'm glad Olivia had Gordy. I hope and pray she knew I loved her and didn't just judge me by my cowardice act of leaving.
I love you Olivia with the O's on your sides, your question mark tail, your bobcat belly, you lioness, princesses, beauty, sense of humor, the way you "rubbed us in", your catmagic finding my lost things.
Be safe come home soon... <--singing "Livia Olivia, have you met Livia, Livia the tatood pussycat..." ##
"In 1993, May 12 was designated as the International Awareness Day for Chronic Immunological and Neurological Diseases, to memorialize the birth date of Florence Nightingale, the English army nurse who inspired the founding of the International Red Cross. The National Fibromyalgia Association (NFA) joined the Awareness Day effort in 1997 and has led the call for increased recognition of fibromyalgia each May 12 since then.
The theme for this year’s Awareness Day is “Fibromyalgia Affects Everyone.” The day will focus on the far-reaching effects of fibromyalgia.
This year will mark the second annual Walk of FAME (Fibromyalgia Awareness Means Everything), a 5k event hosted on May 12 to raise awareness of the disease. This year’s walk will expand to increase participation and maximize outreach efforts by consisting of hundreds of walks in local communities across the country. On May 12, teams of three or more will walk at an array of popular destinations including shopping malls, the perimeter of Disneyland, and high-profile college campuses wearing Walk of FAME t-shirts and handing out information cards about fibromyalgia.
The NFA has other events planned for Awareness Day that range from a group road trip up the coast of California to a candlelight observance.
In an effort to request a proclamation declaring May 12 International Fibromyalgia Awareness Day, the NFA provides a customizable proclamation template to send to local and state government officials for support."
As a person having been dx'd with FMS for ~20 years, I appreciate your support in this effort! Peace! ##
Department of Family Medicine, Anesthesiology, and Psychiatry, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center - Shreveport, Shreveport, Louisiana. PMID: 19398377
Fibromyalgia (FM) has been associated with alterations in brain morphometry and abnormal dopaminergic neurotransmission. Evidence from preclinical models has demonstrated that dopamine plays a role in promoting neuronal integrity. We therefore sought to confirm previous findings of reduced gray matter density in subjects with FM and to determine whether variations in dopamine metabolism might affect gray matter density.
Voxel-based morphometry was used to evaluate anatomical magnetic resonance imaging data from 30 female FM subjects in comparison with 20 age- and gender-matched healthy control subjects. In addition, data from a subset of subjects from both groups who had previously participated in our positron emission tomography study using radiolabeled DOPA (n = 14; 6 FM subjects and 8 control subjects) was used to determine whether correlation might exist between gray matter density and dopamine metabolism.
We found a significant reduction in gray matter density within the bilateral parahippocampal gyri, right posterior cingulate cortex, and left anterior cingulate cortex. In addition, a positive correlation was demonstrated between an index of dopamine metabolism from the ventral tegmental area wherein cell bodies of corticolimbic projection neurons originate and gray matter density, specifically in the bilateral parahippocampal gyri and left pregenual cortex.
The current results confirm our previous findings that FM is associated with altered brain morphometry. Alterations in dopamine metabolism might contribute to the associated changes in gray matter density.
PERSPECTIVE: Fibromyalgia is associated with reductions in gray matter density within brain regions ostensibly involved in phenomena related to the disorder, including enhanced pain perception, cognitive dysfunction, and abnormal stress reactivity. Given mounting evidence of abnormal dopaminergic neurotransmission associated with the disorder, the strong correlation between dopamine metabolism and gray matter density provides insight as to the pathophysiology that might contribute to these changes.