No Acetaminophen in Cat Food, UC Davis and ASPCA Agree

Recent testing showed no evidence of the drug in cat food.

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Research by UC Davis and the ASPCA found there was no acetominophen in cat and dog food
FDA, UC Davis and ASPCA tests find no acetaminophen in cat food.
Recent testing of cat food yielded no evidence of acetaminophen, according to the University of California Davis’ School of Veterinary Medicine.

Earlier this month, ExperTox of Deer Park, Texas, reported it had found acetaminophen, a common pain reliever, in samples of dog and cat food. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the agency charged with investigating the massive pet food recall begun in March, disputed that claim, saying none of its testing samples turned up the chemical compound.

A few weeks ago, UC Davis’ veterinary school tested three cans of cat food provided by an individual whose cat had been diagnosed with kidney failure but not liver failure, which should be the case if acetaminophen were to blame, said Dr. Robert Poppenga, DABVT, who runs the toxicology section of Davis’ California Animal Health and Food Safety System.

“We were told that this was the same food that had tested positive for acetaminophen and cyanuric acid at a private laboratory in Texas,” he said. “We immediately began conducting our own rigorous tests on these foods … All the samples came back negative for this type of contamination.”

No dog food was tested at Davis, Poppenga said.

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), which has tracked pet illnesses related to the pet food recall, particularly renal failure and its symptoms, agreed with UC Davis’ finding, saying that fears of acetaminophen-contaminated pet food are “unfounded.”

“The bottom line is that neither did the FDA’s tests confirm the presence of acetaminophen, nor those conducted by UC Davis — nor has the APCC [Animal Poison Control Center] managed any clinical cases to date,” said Steven Hansen, DVM, DABVT, manager of the ASPCA’s poison control center. “As a result, we want to reassure the public that based on this information, we believe any fear of acetaminophen contamination in pet food is unfounded, and pet parents should rest easy on that account.”

Acetaminophen poisoning can be deadly in pets, particularly for cats, Hansen said. 

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Robin    Lee's Summit, MO

6/29/2007 6:29:13 PM

Glad to hear one more thing eliminated. Keep going!

Nikki    Chicago, IL

6/29/2007 8:37:11 AM

The first article that said there may be traces was so scary because they wouldn't give out the pet food names. Now I'm glad they didn't, since the allegations were unfounded. I will still feed my cats homemade food, though

debby    oxford, NC

6/29/2007 5:11:09 AM

I hope what ever is going on stops soon! food is too expensive to be throwing away

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