Prescription Diet “m/d” DRY food now recalled!
WASHINGTON – Federal testing of recalled pet foods turned up a chemical used to make plastics but failed to confirm the presence of a cancer drug also used as rat poison. The recall expanded Friday to include the first dry pet food.
The Food and Drug Administration said Friday it found melamine in samples of the Menu Foods pet food involved in the original recall and in imported wheat gluten used as an ingredient in the company’s wet-style products. Cornell University scientists also found melamine in the urine of sick cats, as well as in the kidney of one cat that died after eating some of the recalled food.
Meanwhile, Hill’s Pet Nutrition recalled its Prescription Diet m/d Feline dry cat food. The food included wheat gluten from the same supplier that Menu Foods used. The recall didn’t involve any other Prescription Diet or Science Diet products, said the company, a division of Colgate-Palmolive Co. More at link…
Wexler Toriseva Wallace LLP files nationwide class action for purchasers of poisoned pet food. (BlackCat Note: Emphasis Added)
Sacramento, CA (PRWeb) March 27, 2007 — Yesterday, the law firms Wexler Toriseva Wallace LLP and Kershaw Cutter & Ratinoff LLP filed the first California class action complaint amidst the largest pet food recall in U.S. history. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of consumers nationwide, alleging that Menu Foods, Inc., Menu Foods Income Fund, and Menu Foods Midwest Corp. (“Menu Foods”) manufactured and sold poisoned pet food products, and failed to inform customers that these products were toxic, and potentially lethal, to their pets. The lawsuit seeks recovery of all financial loss associated with the recall, including veterinary bills and food replacement costs. The class action complaint was filed in Los Angeles federal court (Case No. CV 07-01958 GHK (AJWx).
Menu Foods has recalled approximately 60 million containers of pet food and close to 100 different brands of “cuts and gravy” (pet food consisting of pieces of meat in gravy) style dog and cat food, including popular labels such as Iams, Eukanuba, and Science Diet. The lawsuit alleges that pets eating Menu Foods products have been stricken with severe kidney disorders and have demonstrated symptoms such as dehydration, diarrhea, loss of appetite, increased thirst, lethargy, and vomiting. Many pets have died. The lawsuit further alleges that pet owners around the country have spent as much as several thousand dollars each in veterinary expenses to treat their pets, sometimes over multiple visits, for illness relating to kidney failure. Still other pet owners have incurred additional costs relating to the death of their pets, including costs for euthanasia, burial, and cremation.
The complaint alleges that significant harm to pets and the expenses incurred by their owners could have been avoided had Menu Foods been more diligent and taken more responsibility for informing the public and regulatory agencies about the dangers associated with its products. The lawsuit alleges that consumers informed Menu Foods that its products were harmful to pets , and potentially lethal, as early as late-February. Yet, the complaint alleges Menu Foods responded to these concerns by first conducting its own tests, waiting until as many as 1 in 6 animal subjects had died – seven animals – before informing the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of its findings and announcing a nationwide recall to the public.
The lawsuit alleges that since announcing the recall, consumers have been unable to reach Menu Foods’ customer representatives over advertised toll free numbers. Instead, many customers are getting busy signals and message recordings.
According to Mark J. Tamblyn, a partner in Wexler Toriseva Wallace’s Sacramento office, “thousands of consumers are frantically seeking medical attention for their pets, and many pets have died. So far, Menu Foods’ management of the crisis has been ineffective. Our firm is dedicated to ensuring an adequate response by the company, and obtaining relief for consumers.”
Veterinary professionals are recommending that all animals known to have ingested recalled foods be examined immediately. The law firms are also urging consumers who possess recalled food or suspect their pet has consumed any of the recalled food to consider the recommendations recently provided by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). This information is available at http://www.avma.org/press/releases/070319_petfoodrecall.asp.
Wexler Toriseva Wallace LLP (http://www.wtwlaw.us) is a national leader in prosecuting class actions and other complex litigation on behalf of consumer and business clients in state and federal courts throughout the United States. The firm is based in Chicago, Illinois and maintains additional offices in California and West Virginia and an affiliate office Beijing, China.
Contact: Mark J. Tamblyn (916) 568-1100.
Kershaw Cutter & Ratinoff LLP (http://www.kcrlegal.com) represents a wide range of individuals and businesses in class actions and other complex litigation in state and federal courts across the nation. This firm is based in Sacramento, California.
Contact: Stuart C. Talley (916) 448-9800.
Check ’em out:
(AHN) – A web-based network of 30,000 veterinarians reported more than 471 cases of kidney failure relating to the recent recall of certain dog and cat food brands.
Veterinary Information Network founder Paul Pion said his count has gone over 471 but he has yet to tally new numbers. He reported that 104 animals have died from kidney failure.
Pion said only 10 to 20 percent of the members belonging to his web site responded with information about animals effected by the tainted product.
“You do the math,” he said. Entire article at link…
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Members of Congress are asking pointed questions of the Food and Drug Administration and Menu Foods about the recall of tainted cat and dog food made in Emporia, Kan.
Sen. Richard Durbin, D-Ill., and Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., on Monday sent a letter to the FDA giving it 15 days to answer a series of questions while Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, sent one to Canada-based Menu Foods, demanding answers about its products and the timing of its recall. More at link…
The laboratory that identified the poison believed to be responsible for the death of pets around the country has started testing individual components of the tainted pet food to determine which ingredient was contaminated, officials said Monday.
Scientists at the New York State Food Laboratory on Friday identified aminopterin as the likely culprit in a poisoning scare that prompted the recall of 95 brands of “cuts and gravy” style dog and cat food.
Department of Agriculture and Markets spokeswoman Jessica Chittenden did not know when the lab would have results from the new tests.
The federal Food and Drug Administration has said the investigation into the pet deaths was focused on wheat gluten. Stephen Sundlof, the federal agency’s top veterinarian, said Friday it remains the suspected source of the contamination.
Scientists so far have offered no theories on how aminopterin got into the products of Menu Foods, which makes pet food for most of North America’s top retailers. Aminopterin, a derivative of folic acid, can cause cancer and birth defects in humans and can cause kidney damage in dogs and cats. Its use as a rodent poison is banned in the United States. more at link…
Thank you, Pierogi_Pincher, from Democratic Underground:
“Dear God, our prayer is that this horrendous event ends now. Remember all your little ones who have suffered and are now suffering. Give Your peace to the parents and families of these little ones, who loved and cared for them as You have deigned. Amen.”
Menu Foods said Saturday the recall still applies only to products packaged from Dec. 3 to March 6. Retailers were advised Friday to remove all the products from their shelves in order to verify the dates they were packaged, but products not made between those dates can still be sold.
From a veterinarian website:
Posted by Paul Pion on 03/24/07 –
I spoke to Rick Shields – Executive Vice President, Technical Services – Menu Foods today to check this fact.
Here is the story:
1. They have NOT widened the dates/serial numbers involved
2. They HAVE told RETAILERS to just go ahead and remove ALL foods of these types because the retailers are finding it hard to efficiently remove ONLY the effected dates. They told retailers to remove everything, ship everything back, and at the plant, they’ll sort it and redistribute what is outside the recall later.
Excellent summary with relevant links:
Thank you kestrel91316