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Sent: March 10, 2008

We have not seen an animal-related FDA recall in some time (for which we are thankful). However, we received one today. It follows:

"The Hartz Mountain Corporation is voluntarily recalling a second specific lot of Hartz Vitamin Care for Cats due to concerns that bottles within the lot may have been potentially contaminated with Salmonella. Hartz is fully cooperating with the US Food and Drug Administration in this voluntary recall. Hartz recalled a specific lot code of Hartz Vitamin Care for Cats last November due to similar concerns. Both lot codes were manufactured for Hartz by UFAC (USA) Inc. in 2007, and were removed from distribution last November. However, bottles from the second lot had been shipped to customers prior to their having been removed from distribution."

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Also, we were asked by Carolyn Danese of the Humane Association of Georgia to post this message -- and we are delighted to do so:

Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture Tommy Irvin is urging parents to think twice before giving animals to children this Easter.

"Chickens and ducks generally do not make good pets for children, especially considering a child's susceptibility to germs," says Commissioner Irvin. The birds often carry harmful Salmonella bacteria,
and each spring some children become sick after receiving an Easter chick or duckling.

"Parents should also note that chicks and ducklings often die at a very early age or can grow to have completely different temperaments than when they were young. Aggression can increase as the birds mature, and
the habits of some birds, such as the crowing of a rooster, can prove frustrating to both neighbors as well as owners.

"Rabbits can make good pets, but those thinking about purchasing one should do some research first. Rabbits are not "low-care" alternatives to cats or dogs. They need special care and have special veterinary
needs. They are not low-care animals.

"Many people are disappointed that rabbits rarely conform to the cuddly stereotype seen on greeting cards. Rabbits feel frightened when picked up and may kick, struggle, scratch or bite. They instinctively react to sudden changes and may run away or try to bite when approached too quickly and too loudly. For these reasons, many children, especially young children, may find it difficult to interact with a rabbit and lose interest."

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