Pet Food Contaminated by Rat Poison
ABC News reports on the pet food recall:
"A source close to the investigation tells ABC News that the rodenticide, which the source says is illegal to use in the United States, was on wheat that was imported from China and used by Menu Foods in nearly 100 brands of dog and cat food."
The name of the chemical is aminopterin. A press conference is scheduled for later today by experts in New York, whose food laboratory found the contaminant.
[Update] New York State officials confirmed in a news conference that the name of the chemical is aminopterin. Menu Foods confirmed they do not know where or how it entered the supply chain to contaminate its wet foods products (see complete list at www.menufoods.com/recall. The company said it will take responsibility for pet owner bills for cases they determine are related to the recall.
Officials continue to investigate and expect the number of affected pets to increase.
The New York State Food Laboratory equipped to discover the toxin is a member of the food emergency response network setup by the Department of Homeland Security after 9/11. Aminopterin and other chemicals like Aluminum Phosphide and Ammonia are on a DHS list of extremeley hazardous substances.