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FSA issues feline pancytopenia update
Fold Hill Foods is working with Lincolnshire County Council to resume production.

'No causative link between pancytopenia and the recalled food has been established.' 

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has issued an update on the recent rise in cases of feline pancytopenia.

In the update, which addressed a number of commonly asked questions, the Agency confirms that no causative link has been found between feline pancytopenia and the recalled cat food products.

In the tests of the recalled food run by the FSA, higher levels of mycotoxins were identified in some samples, including T2 and HT2 compounds. 

As mycotoxins are found in some feed and do not indicate that they are the cause of feline pancytopenia, the FSA has said that 'no causative link between pancytopenia and the recalled cat food products has been established.'

In the update, the FSA outlined the next steps in the feline pancytopenia investigation as a continued investigation into the cause of the rare condition, which will take the form of a multi-agency approach. 

A 'frequently asked questions' section in the update advises pet owners to continue to follow the advice in the original recall notice, and reassures pet owners of the FSA's continued commitment to the investigation. 

The full update can be read at https://www.food.gov.uk/news-alerts

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Prestigious veterinary awards open for nominations

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 Nominations for the prestigious PetPlan Veterinary Awards 2022 are now open, with five accolades up for grabs including: Practice of the Year; Vet of the Year, Vet Nurse of the Year, Practice Manager of the Year and Practice Support Staff.

Anyone can nominate an outstanding veterinary professional or practice for an award, from colleagues to pet owners, friends and family. Nominations remain anonymous, and Petplan will send everyone who receives a nomination a certificate to display in their practice.

Nominations can be made at petplanvet.co.uk and remain open until Monday 10 January. 

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New online CPD otitis podcast created

A new 15 minute podcast on treating animals with otitis has been created by Dechra Veterinary Products. Featuring general practice vet Carolyn Kyte and veterinary dermatology specialist Natalie Barnard, the two vets will discuss their experiences treating otitis, and why owners are significant in successful treatment.

Dechra Brand Manager Carol Morgan commented: "What Carolyn and Natalie bring to the table with their new podcast for the Dechra Academy is a light and insightful discussion about communication and education being the keystone for better otitis outcomes and how vets can improve on their consultation skills to handle cases better."`

The podcast, called 'Think Differently about Otitis', is available to access for free on the Dechra Academy on-demand learning platform here.