Latest Update on Pet Food Recall - RAT POISON!

United States
March 23, 2007 12:14pm CST
I can't believe it. How is that possible they have been saying it was wheat gluten the was the possible culprit and now this?? March 23, 2007, 11:17AM Rat poison found in tainted pet food ALBANY, N.Y. — Rat poison has been found in pet food blamed for the deaths of at least 16 cats and dogs, a spokeswoman for the State Department of Agriculture and Markets said Friday. Spokeswoman Jessica Chittenden would not identify the chemical or its source beyond saying it was a rodent poison. ABC News reported it was aminopterin that may have been on imported wheat used in the pet food. Aminopterin is used to kill rats in some countries but is not registered for that use in the United States, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. The chemical, also a cancer drug, is highly toxic in high doses. Officials from the agriculture department and Cornell University's Animal Health Diagnostic Center would not immediately confirm the ABC report but scheduled a news conference Friday afternoon to release laboratory findings from tests on the pet food. The Food and Drug Administration has said the investigation was focusing on wheat gluten in the food. Wheat gluten itself would not cause kidney failure, but the common ingredient could have been contaminated by heavy metals or mold toxins, the FDA said. State and FBI officials said they knew of no criminal investigations in the case. The pet deaths led to a recall of 60 million cans and pouches of pet food produced by Menu Foods and sold throughout North America under 95 brand names. There have been several reports of kidney failure in pets that ate the recalled brands, and the company has confirmed the deaths of 15 cats and one dog. Menu Foods last week recalled "cuts and gravy" style dog and cat food. The recall sparked concern among pet owners across North America. It includes food sold under store brands carried by Wal-Mart, Kroger, Safeway and other large retailers, as well as private labels such as Iams, Nutro and Eukanuba. Menu Foods is majority owned by Menu Foods Income Fund of Streetsville. The company also makes foods for zoo cats, but those products are unaffected by the recall. The company's chief executive and president said Menu Foods delayed announcing the recall until it could confirm that the animals had eaten its product before dying. Two earlier complaints from consumers whose cats had died involved animals that lived outside or had access to a garage, which left open the possibility they had been poisoned by something other than contaminated food, he said. Menu Foods planned a media teleconference for later Friday, a spokesman said. A spokesman for New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo said he was not aware of any criminal investigation involving the tainted food. FBI spokesman Paul Holstein in Albany said Friday he was not aware of any FBI involvement in the case. "I don't know where we'll go from here," he said. A complete list of the recalled products along with product codes, descriptions and production dates was posted online by Menu Foods and is available at http://tinyurl.com/2pn6mm. The company also designated two phone numbers that pet owners could call for information: (866) 463-6738 and (866) 895-2708. FDA pet food recall information: http://www.fda.gov/oc/opacom/hottopics/petfood.html Menu Foods: http://tinyurl.com/2pn6mm http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/ap/nation/4656004.html
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@Tsferrets (421)
• United States
23 Mar 07
What I don't understand is how these culprits get the poison in the food whether its people or animal..Isn't someone watching or testing.. Am I going to die next? This is a serious problem that someone better answer to.. Tammy
• United States
23 Mar 07
You are right, we the public, need answers to how and why this happened in such a major manufacturing company. We all need to demand it as our rights as US citizens.
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• United States
23 Mar 07
To me it seems even worse knowing that is was not detected before. Surely they have quality control
• United States
23 Mar 07
I was going to post on this too, but glad you beat me to it. It is a subject in which everyone needs to be informed and stay informed. This is an atrocity. I hope that the company gets their butts sued off. I had a can of the dog food, but hadn't fed it to my pets. I never feed them wet food, and someone gave me a can of Nutro. I was going to feed it to them the night of the recall. These are MAJOR pet food suppliers, that manufacture food for almost all the major brands. I saw some pictures of some of the pets affected and it broke my heart in two. This one cat is going to have to be put to sleep, because she is now paralyzed. It's heart wrentching. If this poison isn't registered for use in the US, what was it doing in that factory, and how did it find it's way into the food? I want answers, and it seems like most of what is going on is "covering up the facts" to protect the company. What about protecting the pets? My pets are my babies, they are members of my family. Sorry to rant, this just has my dander all ruffled up. Thanks for letting me my friend.
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@mari61960 (4895)
• United States
23 Mar 07
I thought it was just the foil pouches at first. I give my chi's Ol' Roy gourmet canned food as a treat. They don't like any sliced meat and gravy styles. I did give them a can of it the other day...and then I saw that the cans were affected too. I was in a panic all day but only Bella ate it and just a few pieces. I don't know how I ended up with two cans of it...I just found another in the bag just now. But the dates on the can don't match the dates they say are affected. I'm not feeding to anyone anyway...lol This is just so upsetting, how do we know what is safe anymore??
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@weemam (13377)
23 Mar 07
This is just terrible , the world has gone mad , i stopped reading the newspapers because everything was so sad , people have no respect for life whether it be humans or animals , it is just so sad xx
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@gabs8513 (48715)
• United Kingdom
26 Mar 07
Well I just can't believe this so how do we know that our Pets are safe?
@jennybianca (12914)
• Australia
25 Mar 07
Rat Poison! Good Heavens. I remember yoir discussion on the problem dog food, & I even agreed it could be wheat gluten. How carelless & irresponsible. Fortunately I don't think this will affect Australia. But I feel very saod for those people who have lost loved pets.
@cabergren (1181)
• United States
24 Mar 07
When I heard the news yesterday I couldn't believe. How does something like that get in pet food. I do buy one of the brands for my cats and thanks god none of the cans were the affected ones. I have three young cats. I feel so bad for the people that lost their pets. What I really can't understand is why this company waited so long to say anything. It is being said that they knew about 2 weeks before they said anything. That is criminal. I don't know if I will ever buy that brand of cat food again.
@classy56 (2883)
• United States
23 Mar 07
you know they will try an find a way to get out of this mess.an they are already saying some pets could have gotten it out of the garages.{rat posion}.someone knows how that poison got in the cat-dog food. but they arent going to say how or when.im sure alot of people are going to suit them.an i hope they do.but it may be years before we know the truth.