update iii : emergency pet food recall
This time, it is plastic. According to USA TODAY’S ON DEADLINE the FDA has discovered melamine — a white crystalline solid used in the formation of thermoset plastic — in recalled dog and cat food produced by Menu Foods and New York officials and labs have confirmed the finding. Melamine is also used, according to the the article, as a fertilizer in Asia. [Go figure, we eat off it, other people put it on the plants we eat off it.]
The melamine finding is in addition to earlier findings of aminopterin, a rat poison/cancer treatment drug discovered by New York State officials and independent labs in the Menu Foods recalled dog and cat foods.
[If at this point you are wondering what they will not find in the contaminated dog and cat food, so am I.]
The article contains quite a few important links including several Reuters findings I am not going to re-link here. Read the article at : USA TODAY : PLASTICS CHEMICAL FOUND IN RECALLED PET FOOD
Also, please read previous posts on the pet food recall, which also contain important links and info on renal failure in dogs and cats and the pet food recall of dog and cat foods manufactured by Menu Foods as well as lists of brand names and lot numbers and dates of the recalled contaminated dog and cat foods.
PREVIOUS POSTS ON THE EMERGENCY PET FOOD RECALL :
UPDATE II : EMERGENCY PET FOOD RECALL 03.24.07 [this includes information about aminopterin, the rat poison/cancer treatment drug found already in recalled food, announcements about the findings, symptoms of renal failure in dogs and cats and important links to sources of information on animal illness, death, and how to report information to the fda and other agencies if your animal becomes ill or dies]
UPDATE : EMERGENCY PET FOOD RECALL 03.21.07 [this includes a list of recalled foods as well as links to sources for information on feline and canine renal failure and the fda’s posting on the pet food recall]
EMERGENCY PET FOOD RECALL 03.17.07 [this includes the original posting and discussion on the pet food recall]
EDIT 04.02.07 : If you are looking for a list of foods that is safe for dogs and cats, and that list is shrinking daily, I do not have that list but NATURA FOODS FOR DOGS AND CATS APPEAR SAFE