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Consumer Confidential: Food, feed and fraud

October 5, 2009 |  9:51 am

Here's your manic-Monday roundup of consumer news from around the Web:

-- In a glaring sign of the economic times,  Gourmet magazine is being closed  by parent Conde Nast Publications. The nation's oldest food magazine is the latest victim of a prolonged advertising slump in the media world. Also on the chopping block, according to reports, are Modern Bride, Elegant Bride and Cookie, a parenting magazine. Gourmet's ad pages were down 50% in the second quarter from a year earlier.

-- Diamond Pet Foods has pulled certain bags of its Premium Edge Finicky Adult and Premium Edge Hairball cat food from distribution. The company said it found deficient levels of the supplement thiamine. The recall follows a similar move by Nutro Products, which discovered that a worker's hard hat had left bits of plastic in some puppy food after falling into the company's machinery. Concerned pet owners should check both companies' websites for the latest info.

-- The Oregon attorney general's office is warning consumers not to get duped if they receive a call from someone claiming to represent a police, fire or public-safety organization. Chances are, the call is actually from scammers trying to score some easy money from people who think they're helping emergency responders. Anyone wanting to donate money to such causes should do so directly, not to some stranger on the phone.

-- David Lazarus