Rat Poison Blamed for Dog Food Recall

In latest development in dog food recall, N.Y. State Department of Agriculture and Markets says lab tests discovered rat poison.

Posted: March 23, 2007, 1:30 p.m. EST

Aminopterin, an ingredient used in rat poison outside the United States, has been found in the "cuts and gravy" style pet food recalled by Menu Foods Inc. last week, and might be to blame for the recent deaths of dogs and cats across the U.S. and Canada, according to a report today by the Associated Press.

Citing a N.Y. State Department of Agriculture and Markets spokesperson, the report said that state laboratory tests this week had turned up rodent poison in the food. The agency is expected to unveil its findings later today.

Nearly 100 brands of pet food, including those carried by Wal-Mart and Safeway and well-known name brands Iams and Eukanuba, were affected by the March 16 recall, which has caused at least 16 confirmed pet deaths, a number expected to climb.

A list of the recalled dog food brands is available at http://www.dogchannel.com/dog-news/recalled-dog-food-brands.aspx.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is still investigating the situation.

Earlier this week, Menu Foods chief executive and President Paul Henderson said the company hypothesizes that one ingredient, believed to be wheat gluten, represents the highest probability as to the cause if illness and death in dogs and cats.

Investigators from the FDA have been sent to Menu Foods' Kansas manufacturing plant to look at the possibility that a mold or chemical toxin contaminated the wheat gluten.

Owners of pets sickened by the recalled pet foods who wish to file a report can do so via the Food and Drug Administration’s website, http://www.fda.gov/opacom/backgrounders/complain.html to find the FDA complaint coordinator in their state.

To read more about the dog food recall and class-action lawsuits being filed, visit http://www.dogchannel.com/dog-news/dog-illnesses-cause-unknown.aspx.


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Trish   Huntington, NY

7/3/2009 5:03:35 PM

best, safest, AMERICAN MADE treats available at www.to-shea.com

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Lisa   Tyngsboro, MA

6/25/2009 3:08:51 PM

Oh my Gosh! A friend sent me this link as I have 2 dogs that are on Nutra Ultra! If it wasn't for her I wouln't have known about the recall. Why wasn't more information given to the public? I am really upset!!

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Deb   Atlantic, IA

4/6/2009 10:01:51 AM

My daughter just bought her Yorkie a new bag of Iams just over a week ago. The dog started throwing up after she would eat, after 2 days, she could hardly stand up or walk. We took her to the vet and she seemed better, after 2 days so was back to normal. Could it have been the dog food, no other changes in the dogs life and no she does not let her out to run around the neighborhood to have gotten into any thing.

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lk   n haven, CT

1/14/2009 10:42:11 PM

thisw is always scary

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