Friday, March 23, 2007

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 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.


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At 8:46 AM, Anonymous Angela said...

My 15 year old lab died last month. Why? The vet claims fluid in the chest. But he stopped eating and drinking water. Didn't move. He was eating Nutro dry dog food. The vet claims it came on "suddenly." No warning. We then gave him gravy dog food to get him to eat. So we're unsure why he died. In fact, no one will know until we hear more, or as I say, the real facts will come out. I will bet every dollar I have that there is MORE contamination with this recall. Why did it take three months to hear about this poisoning by CHINA? The food was contaminated since Dec. 2006. My family now has a new lab. We paid $850 and are training her again. Keep in mind, families with pets, especially dogs, give them training. This is costly. A good dog, requires special care, food and training. Imagine if our dear lab was a service dog? What would the cost be to replace him then? These dogs cost $50K up to replace. It is not like going to the pound and getting a replacement.

I am so upset. Now I hear on my local news (not national) as well as international (Canadian) that it "might" be in the human food supply? They can't rule this out? Let's see. Where is our Homeland Security dept? Where is our Dept. of Agriculture?

I read last week that one of the US processing plants for dog food which was part of this recall was located in Kansas. Apparently, this same plant was fined years ago for contaminated cow food, and the FDA or dept of agriculture had to intervene and warn them not to mix certain feed in their product for cattle.

Mad cow?

There is definitely more to come from this CHINA poisoning.

I don't believe anything they tell me.

My otherwise healthy lab is gone and I'm now left wondering who is watching out for Americans!

Washington, State


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