Although the pet food recalls haven't affected those of us here in the EU (stringent regulations concerning animal feed, including pet food, were developed in the EU after mad cow disease became a major issue) , the entire tainted pet food mess in North America is still of concern. So many pets have become ill or died, and it's hard to know what foods are now safe! Every day more foods are being recalled, including very high-end brands that were supposed to be organic.
The Keep Our Pets Safe cyber-march is on today, and there are memorial marches in cities all over Canada and the United States. A postcard blitz is also being organized in the U.S., to demonstrate the scope of this pet food recall, as the FDA continues to publicize only "16 confirmed deaths" when there have been reports of many, many more.
I hope that this tainted pet food tragedy will be a wake-up call for the U.S. and Canada to strengthen their regulations concerning pet food, just as mad cow disease provided the impetus for reform in the E.U.
My thoughts and prayers are with all the animals who have become sick or died from eating tainted pet food, and their families and those who loved them.