Monday, December 20, 2010

Kroger Recalls Pet Foods Due to Possible Health Risk

The Kroger Co. said today it is recalling select packages of pet food sold in some of its retail stores because the products may contain aflatoxin, which poses a health risk to pets.

Kroger stores in the following states are included in this recall: Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia.

The recall also includes Dillons and Gerbes stores in Kansas and Missouri; Baker’s stores in Nebraska; Food 4 Less stores in Nebraska, Illinois and Indiana (Chicago area); and Jay C, Hilander, Owen’s, Pay Less and Scott’s stores in Illinois and Indiana.

Stores the company operates under the following names are not included in this recall: Ralphs, Fred Meyer, Fry’s, King Soopers, Smith’s, QFC, City Market, Foods Co., and Food 4 Less stores in California and Nevada.

Kroger is recalling the following items:

* Pet Pride Cat Food sold in 3.5 lb. packages with a sell by date of OCT 23 11 DP and OCT 24 11 DP under the following UPC code: 1111088128
* Pet Pride Cat Food sold in 18 lb. packages with a sell by date of OCT 23 11 DP and OCT 24 11 DP under the following UPC code: 1111071357
* Pet Pride Tasty Blend Poultry & Seafood Cat Food sold in 3.5 lb. packages with a sell by date of OCT 23 11 DP and OCT 24 11 DP under the following UPC code: 1111088152
* Pet Pride Tasty Blend Poultry & Seafood Cat Food sold in 18 lb. packages with a sell by date of OCT 23 11 DP and OCT 24 11 DP under the following UPC code: 1111074580
* Pet Pride Kitten Formula Food sold in 3.5 lb. packages with a sell by date of OCT 23 11 DP and OCT 24 11 DP under the following UPC code: 1111071903
* Old Yeller Chunk Dog Food sold in 22 lb. packages with a sell by date of OCT 23 11 DP and OCT 24 11 DP under the following UPC code: 1111074566
* Old Yeller Chunk Dog Food sold in 50 lb. packages with a sell by date of OCT 23 11 DP and OCT 24 11 DP under the following UPC code: 1111074563
* Kroger Value Cat Food sold in 3 lb. packages with a sell by date of OCT 23 11 DP and OCT 24 11 DP under the following UPC code: 1111000018
* Kroger Value Chunk Dog Food sold in 15 lb. packages with a sell by date of OCT 23 11 DP and OCT 24 11 DP under the following UPC code: 1111071559
* Kroger Value Chunk Dog Food sold in 50 lb. packages with a sell by date of OCT 23 11 DP and OCT 24 11 DP under the following UPC code:1111000108

Aflatoxin is a naturally-occurring toxic chemical by-product from the growth of the fungus Aspergillus flavus on corn and other crops. If your pet shows any symptoms of illness, including sluggishness or lethargy combined with a reluctance to eat, yellowish tint to the eyes and/or gums, and severe or bloody diarrhea, please consult your veterinarian immediately.

The safety of our customers and their pets is important to Kroger. The company is using its Customer Recall Notification system to alert customers who may have purchased these recalled products through register receipt tape messages and automated phone calls. Customers who have purchased a recalled item should not use it and should return it to a store for a full refund or replacement.

Customers who have questions about this recall may contact Kroger toll-free at (800) 632-6900. For more information, please visit www.kroger.com/recalls9.

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Monday, December 6, 2010

Tricks To Get Your Dog To Behave

(StatePoint) You've trained him to sit, lie down and obey, but still your dog likes to take an occasional bite out of the sofa. What do you do?

"Many owners might be tempted to reprimand their dogs for what they interpret as bad behavior, such as inappropriate chewing and digging, but often such behavior is a sign of boredom," says Gina DiNardo, spokesperson for the American Kennel Club (AKC) Canine Partners Program.

Here are some of the AKC Canine Partners' best tips to keep your pooch from becoming bored and acting out:

Take Preemptive Measures

An easy way to keep your dog entertained and prevent unwanted behavior is to give him a variety of toys and rotate favorites. Put "old" toys out of sight for a month or two, then bring them out again. Items in which you can put a treat will keep your dog extra busy.

Dogs that are left unattended for hours during the day often become restless and act out. Leaving the radio or television on when you are away should keep them company and calm nerves.

Also keep in mind that a well trained dog is a happy dog. A good training program, such as the AKC Canine Good Citizen Program, will teach your dog basic good manners such as sitting and coming when called, as well as other behaviors for daily situations. 

Spend Time Together

Like humans, dogs are social animals. Unlike humans, they rarely complain about where you go, so long as you're with them. 

"Owners can ensure their dog is happy and well socialized with some easy steps that will not only curb Fido's boredom but increase the bond you have with him," said DiNardo.  "Try incorporating your dog into your daily errands and activities, like exercise, to benefit his health and yours."

 Take your dog for walks or throw a ball around to get him up and moving. Or play hide-and-seek by keeping your dog occupied in one room with treats while you go and hide in another, then call his name and see if he can find you. Or conceal a treat in one hand while holding both arms out, and let your dog select one. He gets the treat if he picks correctly.

Put Fido to Work

When in doubt, give your pooch a task. Teaching him to fetch the paper or simply making him sit before getting a treat will give your dog a sense of purpose and accomplishment while keeping his mind occupied and body out of trouble.

For more ideas on having fun with your dog, visit the AKC Canine Partners website at www.MoreDogFun.com.    


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Saturday, December 4, 2010

Public Meetings Scheduled for December Re: Alligator Management Plan

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division will hold three public meetings to accept public comment on the recently completed Alligator Management Plan. Those interested are encouraged to bring these meetings to the attention of others that also may be interested in participating. 

“Alligators are a natural renewable resource and regulated alligator hunting is an important management tool. The objective of this plan is to ensure the long-term conservation of alligators while providing sustainable harvest opportunities through science-based management decisions, “says John W. Bowers, Assistant Chief of Game Management.

All meetings will begin at 7 p.m. on the following dates and at the following locations:

·         Dec. 14, 2010: Bainbridge College-Rm. 710, Bldg. D, 2500 E. Shotwell St., Bainbridge, GA, map to location available here: http://www.bainbridge.edu/aboutbc/map/campusm.htm

·         Dec. 15, 2010: Wayne County Courthouse-174 North Brunswick Street, Jesup, GA

·         Dec. 15, 2010: Henry County SPLOST Management Building – 116 South Zack Hinton Parkway, McDonough, GA

Any participant at a meeting may present data, make a statement or comment, or offer a viewpoint or argument, either orally or in writing. Statements should be concise to permit everyone an opportunity to speak. Participants must register upon arrival and notify the registering official of their intent to give a statement. Those unable to attend a meeting may submit written statements by December 31, 2010. Statements should be mailed to:                        

Georgia Department of Natural Resources
Wildlife Resources Division
Game Management Section
Attn: John Bowers
2070 U.S. Highway 278, SE
Social Circle, Georgia 30025

These meeting sites are accessible to people with physical disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to Brandon Anderson at (770) 761-3045 no later than Friday, Dec. 10, 2010.

For more information on the scheduled public meetings, visit the Wildlife Resources Division website at www.gohuntgeorgia.com or contact the Hunter Services Office at (770) 761-3045. To view a copy of the Georgia Alligator Management Plan, visit gohuntgeorgia.com (select “Hunting”, “Game Management”, then “Alligator Management Plan”).

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