T.W. Enterprises of Ferndale, Wash., is recalling six different dog and cat treats in the wake of cases of Salmonella serotype Thompson infections identified in Canada and the United States, according to a press release on the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Web site. T.W. Enterprises made the treats and distributed them in the United States under the name Aron Pet Food. Aron Pet Food of Abbotsford, British Columbia, distributed products in Canada that were made with raw materials from T.W. Enterprises, the announcement said. “Follow-up analysis indicated that the illnesses were linked to these pet treats,” according to the release, posted by T.W. Enterprises. See also: The company urged people to wash their hands thoroughly after handling any pet treat to help prevent infection. People who have any of the following products were advised not to feed the treats to their pets but to dispose of them securely: Healthy K9 Beef Heart 100% Natural Dog Treats, Healthy K9 Beef Jerkey 100% Natural Dog Treats, Shrimp Snackers 100% Shrimp Treats for Dogs, Salmon Snackers 100% Salmon Treats for Cats, Salmon Snackers 100% Salmon Treats for Dogs, and Shrimp Snackers 100% Shrimp Treats for Cats. The company, the FDA and Canadian authorities are investigating to find the source of the problem, the news release said. Jun 13, 2005 (CIDRAP News) A company is recalling its dog and cat treats because they contain bacteria linked to the illnesses of five people. Salmonella infections can cause watery diarrhea, abdominal cramps, nausea and vomiting, and an illness of several days’ duration. Company news release http://www.fda.gov/oc/po/firmrecalls/tw06_05.html
A recent survey conducted by the Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI) has found that a massive 60 per cent of residents in Georgetown illegally reconnect their water supply after being disconnected.The GWI on Thursday highlighted the major issue while noting that plans are afoot to intensify its disconnection and service removal campaign in a bid to focus on customers who are determined to illegally reconnect their service.The water company said “a sample population of 700 Georgetown customers have illegally reconnected their water service after being disconnected for overdue balances… the utility has intensified its disconnection and service removal campaign across the capital city, with a particular focus on those customers who have illegally reconnected their service.”According to the GWI, most of the customers who would have indulged in the illegal act are domestic customers.Revenue Manager for the municipality, Nicholas Dawalat, explained that the company is currently conducting disconnections in the Queenstown area which will be trailed by other areas in Georgetown such as Stabroek, Alberttown, and Charlestown.According to him, illegal reconnections result in a reduced level of service to customers, loss in revenue and contamination in the lines, which compromises the quality of water provided to customers.He further added that the company’s loss in revenue also affects its ability to purchase chemicals to treat water to ensure that the quality meets World Health Organisation (WHO) standards, as well as its ability to pay its workers.The manager nonetheless noted that disconnections and service removals are the company’s last resort after attempts to contact their customers prove futile.According to GWI, its customers are given 28 days after their bill is due to clear their balance or the option to take advantage of the utility’s wallet-friendly payment plans.If they fail to do so, their service is disconnected, and they are given an additional 28 days to pay their reconnection fee, before their service is removed. The cost for reconnection for domestic customers is $7500 and $16,000 for commercial customers, whereas the replacement fee for both categories is $20,000.It was pointed out that GWI targets all categories of indebted customers, irrespective of whether they are domestic or commercial.