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ASPCA Advises Caution As Pet Food Recall Crisis Grows

By Gary Bogue
Wednesday, March 28th, 2007 at 7:55 am in Pet food.

Other Contaminants May Be Involved in the Menu Foods Recall
The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals reports that:

“Since Menu Foods announced its massive pet food recall on March 16, the ASPCA has been flooded with calls from concerned pet parents and animal welfare professionals alike. Call volume at the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) has increased significantly over the past 10 days — approximately 14 percent — and the ASPCA’s veterinary toxicologists have been carefully analyzing data from these calls.

“Today the ASPCA reports that, based on these data, clinical signs reported in cats affected by the contaminated foods are not fully consistent with the ingestion of rat poison containing aminopterin that, according to Menu Foods, is at the ‘root’ of the contamination issue.

“We’ve seen reports coming in from all around the country that animals that were eating the contaminated foods are definitely suffering from renal failure,” said Dr. Steven Hansen, veterinary toxicologist and senior vice president with the ASPCA, who manages the ASPCA’s Midwest Office, including the APCC. “But the data that we’ve been collecting do not conclusively prove this connection, which is why we strongly recommend that those involved in the investigation continue to search for additional contaminants.”

Read the rest of this story at: http://www.aspca.org/site/PageServer?pagename=press_032707_2

The ASPCA strongly recommends that you should have your pet examined by your veterinarian if any signs of illness occur following consumption of the recalled foods, including loss of appetite, lethargy, vomiting, diarrhea, changes in water consumption or changes in urination.

Adverse effects or deaths of pets conclusively linked to eating the contaminated foods should be reported to the FDA at http://www.fda.gov/opacom/backgrounders/complain.html

Additionally, the American Veterinary Medical Association has a tremendous amount of information on this subject at http://www.avma.org/aa/menufoodsrecall/default.asp

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