the Fraud (new! 5/21/08)
FDA "public" meeting
- COMMENTS NEEDED by June 13, 2008 (updated
More Dangerous than the Food?
Campaign for regulation of pet foods
Latest updates and news
Pet food recalls
Research papers that document illness
or death in animals as a result of pet food
Rebuttal to Pet Food Institute's
comments by Dr. Hodgkins
Testimony of Dr. Hodgkins to Senate
Misleading or incorrect information
by pet food industry
Making pet food
The recent pet food
List at Itchmo - note there have been additions as recently
as May 18
So far, the toxin melamine seems to be present in wheat
gluten, rice protein concentrate, and
corn gluten originating from China. The corn
gluten seems limited to South Africa at this point. No confirmations
of tainted corn gluten in the US or Canada.
Pet Owners Wanted : International
Documentary Film about Pet Food
Dear All :
We are currently producing a one-hour international documentary
about pet food, to be broadcast in 2008.
We're now seeeking cat and dog owners with pets affected by the
Menu recall - we're looking for passionate people to share this
difficult and frustrating experience on-camera.
Our criteria for pet owners are as follows :
1. Pet owners need to be members of a class-action lawsuit stemming
from the Menu Foods recall.
2. If a pet became ill, we'd like to find an owner whose pet is
still undergoing treatment for this illness.
3. If a pet has died after eating the contaminated food, we'd
very much like to speak to someone who's on the search for a new
4. We're looking for people and pets from urban and rural areas,
including working dogs.
Pet Food Documentary
Cat Owner Files Legal Action
Against FDA in Pet Food Deaths 8/16/07
Quote: "A grieving cat owner has filed action in federal
court to force the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to “perform
its duty” and investigate other toxins -- besides melamine
-- as the culprit in this year’s massive pet food recall."
Flame retardant - possible
link to hyperthyroidism
Chemist Society - study results and link to abstract; flame
retardants found in household dust and commercial pet food may
explain prior studies linking certain canned cat food flavors,
sleeping on floor, litter use, etc. to feline hyperthyroidism
Other articles on the study:
Star - 8/16/07
ASPCA press release 5/3/07
In a study that was done several years ago on dogs and rats,
the presence of melamine in their systems was found to only
lead to the development of crystals in urine, but there
were no further adverse effects—and nothing that showed
a direct link between the chemical mechanism of melamine and the
renal failure recently seen in the affected animals.
“Now that we see that crystals are formed when melamine
and cyanuric acid are combined in cat urine, it may be that the
cause of renal failure is somehow related to the obstruction caused
by these crystals,” continued Dr. Hansen.
This also explains why animals whose symptoms were detected early
enough, and who were rushed to their veterinarians and put on
aggressive fluid therapy—as the ASPCA has been recommending—survived;
since this treatment may help to prevent additional crystals
from forming, and aid in flushing out the existing crystals from
the animals’ urinary tracts, thus relieving the
obstruction and reversing the effects of renal failure
Full press release: http://www.aspca.org/site/PageServer?pagename=press_050307_2
Note the part in red above. ONLY
lead to development of crystals? Anyone who has had any experience
with urinary crystals knows that the urinary tract can become
blocked from crystals and this is incredibly LIFE-THREATENING!
Tainted feed fed to swine/hogs
Alarmingly, tainted rice protein concentrate, and possibly tainted
pet food, were fed to swine/hogs,
so it's possible it's now present in pork products - in the human
or pet food supply. When a pet food ingredient
is "meat" or "meat byproducts" it is most
commonly beef or pork.
The FDA feels the risk to humans is small. Read more here.
(What about pets?)
Tainted feed fed to poultry
Tainted grain proteins were also fed to poultry - including chickens
in Indiana already processed and in the food supply. Again, the
FDA feels the risk to humans may be small, and they are not recalling
the meat. (Again, what about pets?)
Melamine spiking widespread
practice for years
Courtesy of Itchmo
Highlights below from the IHT article:
Here at the Shandong Mingshui Great Chemical Group factory,
huge boiler vats are turning coal into melamine, which is used
to create plastics and fertilizer.
But the leftover melamine scrap, small acorn-sized chunks
of white rock, is then being sold to local entrepreneurs, who
say they secretly mix a powdered form of the scrap into animal
feed to artificially enhance the protein level.
"It just saves money," says a manager at an animal
feed factory here. "Melamine scrap is added to animal feed
to boost the protein level."
The practice is widespread in China. For years animal feed
sellers have been able to cheat buyers by blending the powder
into feed with little regulatory supervision, according to interviews
with melamine scrap traders and agricultural workers here.
of dogs and cats affected
(as of 4/30/07)
- 4,583 pets (2,334 cats and 2,249 dogs) reported deceased
- Total reports of all owner-suspected cases of food-related
- These are self-reported numbers, and should be in no way
be considered confirmed or "official."
and Drug Administration (as of 5/1/07)
state survey (as of 4/3/07)
- 135 suspected sick (100 cats, 35 dogs)
VMA (as of 4/16/07)
- 117 suspect cases (43 dogs and 74 cats)
- Of the suspect cases, at least 45 pets have died (20 dogs,
- Banfield network of veterinary hospitals
Information Network (as of 4/16/07)
- approximately 1100 cats and 600 dogs suspected
survey (as of 11/29/07)
- more than 300 pets may have died from contaminated pet
food; culprit may be lethal combination of contaminants
Sites for more information