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Orijen Recall Update- BUT should you still feed it?

By Dr. Andrew Jones

Hello again fellow readers.

First a short update on the Orijen Recall.

The Orijen Cat Food has so far ONLY
affected cats in Australia.

NO North American Cat have been affected.

BUT it is expected that HUNDREDS of cats in
Australia are affected.

I talked to a company representative yesterday, and
they still don’t know what is causing this.

They have tested for the toxin that I wondered
about, – yet the definitive toxin has yet to
be discovered.

The irradiation appears to be affecting some
component of the food.

Here is a more current story on
the Orijen Cat Paralysis in Australia:


Cat food firm blames deaths on quarantine controls

Kelly Burke Consumer Affairs Reporter

THE Canadian manufacturer at the centre of a local
pet food scare caused by paralysis in more than 40
cats has placed the blame squarely on the shoulders
of the Australian Government.

In a statement released yesterday, Champion Petfoods,
of Alberta, said it was pulling out of the Australian
market after independent tests from a US laboratory
on its Orijen brand of cat food showed that dangerous
levels of irradiation mandated by the Australian
Government appeared to be to blame for the outbreak
of serious illness among Australian cats.

Five animals have so far had to be put down, although
it is believed a number of cats in other states were
also destroyed before the link to the Orijen brand of
food had been made.

The company, which exports to 50 countries, said only
Australia demanded its pet food be irradiated because
Orijen was not highly processed or cooked at the same
high temperatures as most other imported pet foods.

Citing a US study last year which found that levels
between 36 and 47 kiloGrays of Cobalt 60 gamma rays
were linked to neurological symptoms similar to those
found in the affected Australian cats, the pet food
company said the minimum level of 50 kGYs demanded by
the Australian Government for the imported product was
clearly excessive, and had possibly led to a serious
depletion of vitamin A.

The only human foods approved for irradiation in Australia
are imported herbs and spices, ranging from 10 to 30 kGYs,
and tropical fruit, irradiated at no more than 1 kGY.

A spokesman for the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries
& Forestry said Australia required all dry and semi-dried
pet food to be either heat-treated or irradiated and
Orijen was just one of a number of pet food manufacturers
that exported to Australia.

“No other manufacturer has reported any similar issues,”
he said.

The Sydney cat neurologist who first identified the link
between the pet food and the outbreak of illness in the
local cat population, Dr Georgina Child, was sceptical
of the company’s claims.

“There is nothing to suggest any of the cats I have seen
are vitamin A deficient … and while all the cats have
eaten Orijen, most have also eaten a variety of other
foods,” she said.

The study quoted by the company was based on the findings
of just eight cats and concluded that further research
was required to support any link between vitamin A depletion,
irradiation and neurological illness, Dr Child said.


P.S. So should you feed this to your cat now?

All of the Orijen Cat Food is produced at their
plant in Alberta- then shipped. The toxic Australian
food originated from there.

And How is it that other pet foods have NOT been
affected by irradiation except for Orijen?

I am not going to feed it to my cat, OR sell it
at my practice until they determine WHAT is causing

P.P.S. The moral of the story here?

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It’s Your Pet…Heal Them At Home!

Best Wishes,

Dr Andrew Jones, DVM

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Topics: Cat Health, Dog Health, Pet health | 3 Comments »

3 Responses to “Orijen Recall Update- BUT should you still feed it?”

  1. Avatar Irene Borkotn Says:
    December 26th, 2008 at 12:42 pm

    Thank you Doc for all your tips to keep our loved critters heathly and happier. Sharing your knowledge with us is much appreciated.
    God bless you and your family,
    Irene Borkton

  2. Avatar linda botbyl Says:
    December 30th, 2008 at 10:58 am

    When will you get the same good food for all our cats??

  3. Avatar Rosemarie Buchanan Says:
    June 28th, 2011 at 8:24 pm

    We are Canadian, and have given Orijen to both dogs and all five cats since the poisoned pet food scandal a few years ago (melamine from China, wasn’t it?).

    Thankfully, the Orijen we feed our pets is not irradiated. I have nothing but the highest praise for this company, and the food it produces. While I am not a scientist, let me state that it’s most likely Australia’s irradiation of the pet food that’s causing the problem.

    Orijen keeps our five rescued cats, and two rescued dogs, happy and healthy. My loyalty to that brand is not going to change because of the Australian government’s bad practise.


Dr. Andrew Jones, DVM