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Merrick Pet Care expands dog treat recall to include all lots

"Beef Filet Squares" and "Texas Hold'ems" treats recalled over Salmonella contamination
Merrick Pet Care expanded the recall of its "Beef Filet Squares" and "Texas Hold’ems" dog treats to include all lots of the products, due to possible Salmonella contamination. The company previously recalled 83 cases of the treats for dogs after a sample tested positive for Salmonella contamination.
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Thieves steal donated Purina petfood from Arizona charity

Missing food would have gone to 1,000 families, charity director says
Two men stole petfood from Angel's Corner charity that would have gone to feeding the pets of 1,000 needy families, according to an article from The charity, located in Williams, Arizona, USA, serves battered women and those who have lost their home in northern Arizona by delivering food boxes to residents and their pets.
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Walmart and Landfill Diversions Program turn unwanted meat into petfood

Petfood distributed to feed Portland area rescued pets
The Landfill Diversions Program partnered with three Portland, Oregon, USA, Walmart stores in an effort to use unwanted grocery store food as petfood for rescued animals, according to an article from Fox News Oregon.  The program collects expired turkey, chicken, beef and pork from stores that would otherwise throw the meats out.
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Evanger's launches 2011 calendar contest for best pet photos

12 winners chosen will receive petfood, calendar
  Evanger's Dog and Cat Food Co. is now accepting photographs for its 2011 annual nationwide pets calendar contest. The company will choose 12 winners as "pet of the month," with winners selected for featured spreads under the calendar themes of Evanger's sport exhibitors, service dogs, rescued pets and most creative pet photo.
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US FDA commissioner says China is improving food, drug safety

China and FDA seek to improve oversight and accountability
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said China is improving oversight of its exporters after a number of a complaints about substandard or tainted food and drugs, including petfood ingredients. FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg said she spoke with Chinese officials on a recent visit who were pursuing a "common agenda" to improve manufacturing practices and regulation of complex supply chains for the food and drug industries.
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Purina publishes Facebook game for pet lovers

Enhances mobile device offerings
Pet lovers can now play the Purina Pet Resort game on the brand's Facebook page. Players can become the manager of their own virtual pet-themed resort, allowing them to build and operate a place to pamper, care for and entertain virtual pets.
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Irving Place Capital to acquire Pet Supplies 'Plus'

Deal expected to be complete in 2010 Q3
Irving Place Capital recently announced its agreement to acquire Pet Supplies “Plus”, a pet specialty retailer in the US. Irving Place Capital will be investing in partnership with PSP’s CEO Harvey Solway, COO Dominic Buccellato and CFO Richard Valade. The transaction is expected to close in the third quarter of 2010.
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Zeus and Co. hosts second annual open house

Event brings vendors together under one roof
Zeus and Co. recently hosted its second annual open house in Arlington Heights, Ill. The petfood and product distribution company owner, David Levy, holds the event to bring together vendors for a customer appreciation day, which more than 300 people attended this year.
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AVMA offers answers about dry petfood and Salmonella

Association explores frequently asked questions on this topic
The American Veterinary Medical Association recently posted on its website a question and answer section related to dry petfood and Salmonella. The content addresses questions the association has received given the recent petfood recalls due to possible or confirmed Salmonella contamination.
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