Wednesday, May 30, 2007
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
The following is a link to a handout of Dr. Hodgkins' talk:
Safe Pet Foods and Truthful Labels: Are They Possible?
Elizabeth Hodgkins DVM, Esq.
Also present at the meeting was one of the co-authors of the following article, Cory Haggart:
Pet Food & Nutrition: A Necessary Review For Veterinarians This article offers a Canadian perspective on the pet food industry and the current status of pet nutrition. It's a must-read for pet owners and vets alike.
Olivia Chow, MP, spoke about her Private Members Bill for regulation of the pet food industry in Canada. The bill is currently being drafted and more information will be provided here as it becomes available. In the meantime, she advised to continue writing to your elected representatives, the Minister of Agriculture, party leaders and opposition critics to let your feelings be known about the issue.
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
Minister of Agriculture Chuck Strahl (among others) has stated that testing would not have detected the contaminants in the recalled foods. Itchmo.com has some interesting commentary on that thought, pasted below. Click here to go to the original blog post on Itchmo's site.
Can food safety be solved with testing?
Pet food companies have maintained that testing would not have caught melamine spiking since it was so unexpected. But two issues have raised doubts about just how much testing was done in the first place.
- Spiking food ingredients with fake-protein was so widespread, there were cases in the US as well as brazen requests for melamine scraps by food makers in China.
The FDA said pet food makers received wheat flour, not wheat gluten. Two substances very different from each other.
- Melamine was visible in the tainted foods.
- Now, companies are beefing up their testing processes and offering new testing services. We don’t think that testing will catch every possible problem. We believe the industry must escape its “who can get to the bottom the fastest” mentality, and look to raise the bar by finding partners and suppliers they can trust, while giving consumers the most honest, accurate, and up-to-date information to make informed decisions.
"Despite serious misgivings about the credibility of China's veterinary system, Ottawa gave approval earlier this year to allow a Canadian company import "gourmet" pet food from two Chinese plants that produce food only for human consumption."
Click here to read the full article.
Tuesday, May 1, 2007
"Sometime in the next couple of years, when the public gaze has drifted from the tainted pet food epidemic and we've all forgotten what melamine is, a judge in Ohio or California or Ontario will take up the daunting question of what a dog or cat is worth. There was considerable legal debate on this topic even before the current uproar. But if an animal's curative effect on the human heart plays any part in the calculation, the courts might start at a small house in Floral Park, N.Y., where the wounds wrought by the poisoning epidemic will stay raw for a long time to come...."
Thursday, April 19, 2007
Note: Seating is limited. Please call to register at 416-603-9664.
Date: Friday, May 18, 2007
Location: Cecil Street Community Centre, 58 Cecil St, Toronto(Cecil and Spadina, just south of College)
Time: 7:30 pm
Guest speakers include:
Dr. Elizabeth Hodgkins, DVM, ESQ.
Dr. Elizabeth Hodgkins has over 30 years of experience as a veterinarian. Her book, Your Cat: Simple Secrets to a Longer, Stronger Life takes on the pet food industry and advises pet owners how to provide safe pet nutrition. Dr. Hodgkins recently testified as an “expert witness” at the US Congressional Investigation into pet food in Washington, DC.
Olivia Chow, MP Trinity-Spadina
Olivia Chow will be discussing her proposed Private Members Bill on pet food regulation.
Click to view downloadable pdf of flyer here
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
"Strahl chomps down on pet food problem, launches regulatory review"
Global News Story
We have their attention, now we need to keep the pressure on. Keep writing letters and emails...the CFIA needs to know that this is an important issue to Canadians!