ASPCA Reports There May be More Contaminants in Tainted Menu Foods
The ASPCA just sent out a notice that all the facts may STILL not be in on the poisoned Menu pet foods!
Whether or not this is true, will ANYONE ever trust these Menu guys again? Someone at Menu made the decision to buy cheap wheat from a country known for lacing their grain with rat poisons because their storage systems are too primitive to keep out rats. Their CEO and other executives delayed the recall while untold numbers of dogs and cats suffered and died and pet parents spent thousands of dollars trying to heal their furbabies. Then they pull the very sleazy trick of routinely dropping any important news on the wires and on news desks Friday afternoons with the idea that no one will report it over the weekend and forget it on Monday. Come on. Short of Mahatma Ghandi and Martin Luther King coming back in the flesh to vouch for these guys, no one SHOULD trust them! Even their own mothers ought to check their hands for missing fingers after shaking hands with them!
Thanks to the ASPCA for this update.
PET FOOD RECALL UPDATE: OTHER CONTAMINANTS MAY BE INVOLVED
Since Menu Foods, Inc. announced its massive pet food recall on March 16, the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center has been flooded with calls from pet parents and animal welfare professionals alike. Based on data from these calls, the ASPCA reports that clinical signs in cats affected by the contaminated foods are not fully consistent with the ingestion of rat poison containing aminopterin which, says Menu Foods, is at the root" of the contamination issue.
Explains the ASPCAs Dr. Steven Hansen, veterinary toxicologist, There are so many inconsistencies in the purported link between aminopterin and the animals affected that we urge veterinary toxicologists and veterinary pathologists at diagnostic laboratories to continue looking for additional contaminants."
Pets who are being treated for kidney failure suspected to be related to contaminated food should stay on their treatment. If your pet has eaten contaminated food and shows any signs of illness, including loss of appetite, lethargy, vomiting, diarrhea, changes in water consumption and changes in urination, please consult with a veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435 immediately. In order to help with your pets diagnosis, you are advised to:
- retain food samples for analysis
- save all packaging and receipts, and document the product name, type of product, date codes and/or production lot numbers
- document the dates that the product was fed to your pet, how much was eaten, and the time when you first noticed symptoms
Adverse effects or deaths of pets conclusively linked to eating the contaminated foods should be reported to the FDA. Additionally, the American Veterinary Medical Association website contains helpful information for pet parents and veterinarians.