SK: Recall Update
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Fri Mar 30 11:20:58 PDT 2007
Feds Find Chemical in Recalled Pet Food
By Andrew Bridges
WASHINGTON (March 30) - Recalled pet foods contained a chemical used to make
plastics, but government tests failed to confirm the presence of rat poison,
federal officials said Friday.
The Food and Drug Administration said it found melamine in samples of the
Menu Foods pet food, as well as in wheat gluten used as an ingredient. Cornell
also have found the chemical, also used as a fertilizer, in the urine of sick
cats, as well
as in the kidney of one cat that died after eating the company's wet food.
Menu Foods recalled 60 million containers of cat and dog food earlier this
month after animals died of kidney failure after eating the Canadian company's
products. It is not clear how many pets may have been poisoned by the
apparently contaminated food, although anecdotal reports suggest hundreds if not
thousands have died. The FDA alone has received more than 8,000 complaints.
The new finding comes a week after scientists at the New York State Food
Laboratory identified a rat poison and cancer drug called aminopterin as the
likely culprit. The FDA said it could not confirm that finding.
New York officials have detected melamine as well, though it's not clear how
that chemical would have poisoned pets. It's typically used to produce plastic
kitchen wares, though it's apparently used as a fertilizer in Asia, said
Stephen F. Sundlof, director of the FDA's Center for Veterinary Medicine.
The recall involved nearly 100 brands of "cuts and gravy" style dog and cat
food made by Menu Foods. The recall covered products carrying names of major
brand-name and private-label products sold throughout North America.
The apparently melamine-contaminated wheat gluten also was shipped to an
unnamed company that manufactures dry pet food. The FDA is attempting to determine
if that product, imported from China, was used to make any pet food, Sundlof
Menu Foods used wheat gluten, a source of vegetable protein, to thicken the
gravy of its pet foods, FDA officials have said.
www.fda.gov has a complete list of all recalled foods.
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