More Deaths from Contaminated Pet Food
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The FDA has reported just 14 deaths from contaminated pet food, but there are 11 in LA County alone and a network of veterinarians says there've been more than 100. What goes into pet food? What's the state of regulation? We look for some answers. Also, Orange County gets a new Supervisor--by a 3-vote margin.
Vietnamese-American Becomes OC Supervisor after Contested Election ()
Janet Nguyen was sworn in today as Orange County Supervisor, at 30 the youngest ever and the first of Vietnamese heritage. At a news conference, she held three fingers up in the air, a demonstration of her scant margin of victory after a second re-count of votes cast early last month. Peggy Lowe covers county government for the Orange County Register.
Pet Food-Related Deaths Higher than Reported by FDA ()
Two years ago, 75 dogs died from liver failure due to a fungus found on Diamond Pet Foods. Last week, the Food and drug Administration said 14 dogs and cats have died of kidney failure due to the rat poison in foods supplied by Menu Foods of Ontario, Canada. Menu Foods says 16 have died. Meantime, 60 million pet-food containers have now been recalled--with 95 different labels. While the FDA has confirmed 14 deaths, a network of veterinarians says today there have been more than 100. Are expensive pet foods any different than cheap ones? How much do federal, state and local governments regulate a $16 billion industry? We hear from a network of 30,000 veterinarians.
- Paul Pion: Founder of the Veterinary Information Network
- Jean Hofve: Holistic Veterinarian
- Jonathan Fielding: LA County Director of Public Health
- Pedro Cisneros: Veterinarian at the Collett Veterinary Clinic
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