I ran off and bought 2 large bags of dog food.. that will last a few months.Ban on beef imports chews into pet food
By PATRICK BRETHOUR
From Monday's Globe and Mail
Calgary — Shelves are starting to empty at pet stores across Canada as the ban on U.S. beef imports starts to crimp supplies of pet food.
At least half the country's dog and cat food comes from the United States, and there are already episodes of panic buying of some specialty foods.
"Some people want to come in and buy 10 bags," said Mark Reynolds, who owns two pet-supply stores in the Calgary area called Paws Pet Food. Mr. Reynolds put a two-bag limit in place on Saturday — although he has decided against boosting prices — and is now crossing his fingers that the supplies in his warehouse will be enough to see him and his customers through the import ban.
Pet foods, even those derived from pigs or chickens, cannot be shipped from the United States under restrictions imposed by Canada following the discovery last month of a case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE or mad-cow disease) in Washington state.
Anyone else stocking up?