RAT POISON inTainted Pet Food
Date: March 24, 2007

---- Original Message -----
From: Kinship Circle
Sent: Friday, March 23, 2007
Subject: NEWS/ RAT POISON Found In Tainted Pet Food


**KINSHIP CIRCLE is currently researching contact info/background for a
large-scale letter campaign.
-   Reimburse customers for any veterinary bills relating to the
    treatment and death of poisoned animals
-   To enforce oversight at all manufacturer sites.
-   STOP killing animals with the continued testing of toxic food on
    lab-confined cats and dogs
-   Replace all experiments on companion animals with laboratory analysis of
    formulas for nutritional composition.

Please look for this action campaign in your email box soon...
Brenda Shoss, Kinship Circle,

Recalled Dog Product Information
Recall Information 1-866-895-2708

Cat Product Information
Recall Information 1-866-895-2708


Rat poison found in tainted pet food
Animal deaths have led to nationwide recall; news conference scheduled


Pebbles, a 7-year-old Yorkshire terrier who is battling kidney failure after
eating dog food that was later recalled, was being cared for at Collett
Veterinary Clinic in the Sylmar area of Los Angeles on March 21.

ALBANY, N.Y. - Rodent poison has been found in pet food blamed for the
deaths of at least 16 cats and dogs, a spokeswoman for the State Department
of Agriculture and Markets said Friday.

Spokeswoman Jessica Chittenden would not identify the chemical or its source
beyond saying it was a rodent poison.

State agriculture officials scheduled a news conference Friday at 1 p.m. EST
to release laboratory findings from tests on the pet food conducted this

The rat poison, which may have been used on wheat imported from China, is
illegal in the U.S., NBC News correspondent Tom Costello told MSNBC TV.

The deaths led to a recall of 60 million cans and pouches of "cuts and
gravy" style pet food produced by Menu Foods and sold throughout North
America under 95 brand names. There have been reports of kidney failure,
some fatal, in pets that ate the recalled brands. The company has confirmed
the deaths of 15 cats and one dog.

The recall sparked concern among pet owners across North America. It
includes food sold under store brands carried by Wal-Mart, Kroger, Safeway
and other large retailers, as well as private labels such as Iams, Nutro and

It includes food sold under store brands carried by Wal-Mart, Kroger,
Safeway and other large retailers, as well as private labels like Iams,
Nutro and Eukanuba. Call centers hired by the company received 47,000 calls
over the weekend, Henderson said.

There have been tests on 10 cats that died performed by an outside company
for Menu Foods. The results show only that the cats died of acute kidney

The FDA has sent investigators to New Jersey and Kansas plants operated by
Menu Foods.

Wheat gluten is a source of protein and was used to thicken the gravy in the
pet food, sold in both cans and pouches, according to the FDA.

Reason for recall delay A complete list of the recalled products along with
product codes, descriptions and production dates was available from the Menu
Foods Web site. The company also designated two phone numbers that pet
owners could call for information — (866) 463-6738 and (866) 895-2708.

Menu Foods is majority owned by Menu Foods Income Fund. The company also
makes foods for zoo cats, but those products are unaffected by the recall.


Rat Poison Cited In Pet Food Recall
Wheat From China Contaminated, Lab Says
3/23/07 -- A spokeswoman for the New York state Department of Agriculture
and Markets said Friday that rodent poison was found in tainted pet food
that killed several animals and sparked a nationwide recall.

A spokeswoman did not identifying the chemical or its source, beyond saying
that it's rodent poison.

State officials will be releasing laboratory findings later today.

A news conference is expected at 1 p.m. EDT. Watch live on NBC10.com.

ABC News reported that the chemical was aminopterin, which was on wheat
imported from China.

Various online medical sources indicate that aminopterin is also used in
trials to treat leukemia.

Sixteen animal deaths led to the recall of 60 (m) million cans and pouches
of pet food sold throughout North America under 95 brand names.

Previous Stories:
March 21, 2007: Pet Food Maker Can't Explain Deaths
March 20, 2007: Pet Food Tests Killed 1 in 6, FDA Says
March 17, 2007: Pet Owners Worried After Massive Pet Food Recall

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