Rat Poison Blamed for Contaminated Pet Food

The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets says lab tests discovered the toxin.

Posted: March 23, 2007, 2 p.m. EST

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Rat poison found in the pet food recalled by Menu Foods Inc., last week might be to blame for the recent deaths of dogs and cats across the United States and Canada, according to a report today by the Associated Press.

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

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

A list of the recalled brands is available here

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

Owners of pets affected by the recalled pet foods who wish to report the incident should contact the Food and Drug Administration through its website to find the FDA complaint coordinator in their state.

To see all of CatChannel’s pet food recall updates, click here.

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Matt    Tulsa, OK

6/29/2009 4:28:54 PM

And what has the government done to ensure that this doesnt happen again? What they always do: Nothing.

statia    edmonton, AL

5/2/2007 11:42:49 PM

this is sad all the loss of pets from the foods that were taitnted my heart goes out to these pet owners

Sheryl    Casa Grande, AZ

3/25/2007 10:48:59 PM

Rat poison - that does not sound like a mistake happened. It sounds to me like the food may have been purposely tampered with. Either that - or somebody was trying to kill rats nearby and it somehow contaminated the food. Either way, quality control needs a lot of work. This must not happen again.

Pyrrh    Dawsonville, GA

3/25/2007 5:38:28 AM

I can't believe that there was actually rat poison in the food. How does something like that happen?
I have no idea how to even AVOID Menu Foods. They have their hand in EVERYTHING. Even a company like IAMS who insists they make everything in their own plants.

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