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Oct. 21, 2008  
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Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC) Names New President
from PIJAC
The Board of Directors of the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC) is pleased to announce Pamela Stegeman, formerly Vice President of the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), has been named President. The newly created position of President reports directly to the Board of Directors and is part of a new organizational structure and key component of a four-year growth plan to ensure PIJAC’s independence and continuity. More

Same Vaccine Protects Birds, Cats, People from Avian Flu
from Science Daily
A single vaccine could be used to protect chickens, cats and humans against deadly flu pandemics, according to an article published in the November issue of the Journal of General Virology. The vaccine protects birds and mammals against different flu strains and can even be given to birds while they are still in their eggs, allowing the mass vaccination of wild birds. More

Canada Requires Testing For Feed, Pet Food Ingredients from China
from The Country Guide
Dairy ingredients and soybean meal coming from China for use in Canadian livestock feed now must be tested for melamine. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency, working with the Canada Border Services Agency, ordered the new testing regime for such products on Friday, "effective immediately," looking both for melamine and for cyanuric acid, often found along with melamine. More

New Pet Food Factory to Provide Jobs in Missouri
from The Columbia Tribune
A new dog food plant is bringing up to 60 new jobs to northeast Missouri. Milan Processing started operating yesterday in the former location of ConAgra and Bluff Country Foods in Milan. The new tenant is a division of Delaware-based Pet Poultry. It has already hired 20 employees and will hire an additional 30 to 40 workers over the next six to eight months. More

Judge Approves $24 Million In Pet Lawsuit
from The Associated Press
A federal judge Tuesday approved a $24 million settlement for owners of dogs and cats who were sickened or died after eating pet food contaminated with an industrial chemical sourced in China. The ruling by U.S. District Judge Noel Hillman clears the way for U.S. pet owners with claims to start receiving checks next year. A Canadian judge has scheduled a hearing for Nov. 3 to determine whether the settlement can also apply in that nation. Under the deal, pet owners have until Nov. 24 to file claims. More

Seven Ways to Survive a Slow Economy
from 7 Lucky Dogs
In this blog post, the author suggests seven strategies specifically to pet business owners to make the best of a slow economy. Strategies include strengthening brand identity, public relations, web site enhancements, and referral programs. More

Hartz Recalls Batch of Rawhide Chips for Dogs
from NEWSInferno
The Associated Press is reporting that the Hartz Mountain Corporation has recalled a specific lot of its Hartz chicken-basted rawhide chips for dogs. There are concerns that one or more bags in the affected lot might be contaminated with salmonella. The lots involved are two-pound plastic bags of chips with lot code JC23282 and UPC number 3270096463. The chicken-based rawhide chips were distributed to a national retail customer, Hartz confirmed; Hartz would not name the customer. Hartz reported that its normal testing through an independent laboratory did not detect salmonella in any of its rawhide products; however, sample testing by another laboratory indicated the presence of the bacteria in a bag of the chicken-basted chips. “Hartz is investigating the difference in test results and the potential source of the problem. It said no animals or humans had been reported ill,” according to the Associated Press. More

Symbol Name Last Change
ALO ALPHARMA, Inc. 33.11   1.1%
CENT Central Garden and Pet Co 4.00   1.7%
CHD Church & Dwight Co., Inc. 57.44   1.0%
CLX Clorox Company 59.37   0.4%
CL Colgate-Palmolive Company 64.74   0.2%
DLM Del Monte Foods Company 6.03   4.2%
IAX International Absorbents, Inc. 2.59   0.0%
JAKK Jakks Pacific, Inc. 21.65   5.5%
KFT Kraft Foods, Inc. 29.49   0.3%
ODC Oil-Dri Corporation of America 16.73   1.6%
OPCO OurPet's Company 0.27   0.0%
PECD Pet Ecology Brands, Inc. .06   0.6%
PETS PetMed Express, Inc. 15.60   0.8%
PETM Petsmart, Inc. 20.56   1.9%
PFE Pfizer, Inc. 17.76   2.4%
PG Proctor & Gamble Company 63.75   0.2%
SGP Schering-Plough Corporation 14.96   3.2%
SPC Spectrum Brands, Inc. 1.28   1.5%
WOOF VCA Antech, Inc. 23.10   0.3%

from (Stock quotes published at 9:45 a.m. Eastern, Oct. 21, 2008)

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