Menu Foods Poisoning May Have Killed 39,000 Cats and Dogs Nationwide


Drinking-puppyA new analysis of veternary hospital records concluded that the Menu Foods tainted pet food case may have sickened or killed 39,000 pets acrosse the United States. This is a horrific number of pets that have been killed due to improper management by the company.

Of course, the liability for Menu Foods is minimal compared to the damage they have caused to families across the country. And because pets are not eligible for damages, the company will have very little incentive to fix its proceedures to the level they should going forward.

Banfield, The Pet Hospital, said an analysis of its database, compiled from records collected by its more than 615 veterinary hospitals, suggests that three out of every 10,000 cats and dogs that ate the pet food contaminated with melamine developed kidney failure. There are an estimated 60 million dogs and 70 million cats in the United States, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association.
The hospital chain saw 1 million dogs and cats during the three months when the more than 100 brands of now-recalled contaminated pet food were sold. It saw 284 extra cases of kidney failure among cats during that period, or a roughly 30 percent increase, when compared with background rates.
“It has meaning, when you see a peak like that. We see so many pets here, and it coincided with the recall period,” said veterinarian Hugh Lewis, who oversees the mining of Banfield’s database to do clinical studies. The chain continues to share its data with the Food and Drug Administration. via My Way News

Posted April 10, 2007 by
WTF | 10 comments

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  • Comments

    10 Responses to “Menu Foods Poisoning May Have Killed 39,000 Cats and Dogs Nationwide”

    1. Frijole on April 10th, 2007 1:46 pm

      I believe it! Someone please get this to the MSM who are still reporting only 16 deaths. It makes me just sick. This is as big of coverup as we have in Aruba.

      Spread the word all.


    2. Earl on April 10th, 2007 1:56 pm

      It’s totally sickening. I got an email from a new group called Pet Defenders that’s demanding congressional hearings and federal inspections.

    3. kay zee ess on April 10th, 2007 1:57 pm

      The Red Chinese are well known to want to eliminate all dogs and cats in their country(as well as humans such as falun gong and other dissidents) so what else is new with these cretins?

      And the pet food companies are pleased as punch to buy from these types of characters, and of course, will continue to do so.

    4. Miss-Underestimated on April 10th, 2007 2:22 pm

      Does anyone know if dogs got siezures from this poisoning?

    5. IndyDan on April 10th, 2007 9:07 pm

      Someone needs to be held accountable.

    6. Glaswegian on April 11th, 2007 4:09 am

      Miss-Underestimated…I’m sure that at least some of the dogs and cats would have had seizures because of the renal failure. I’ve worked with people with kidney problems for years and kidney failure can cause so much damage, so much more than just to the kidneys. I posted this somewhere else here but just to repeat quickly, I had a kitty with kidney failure, started her on a diet of food that I made for her. She lived for another 7 or so years and her kidneys never got any worse after she started the diet. BTW…I’m not selling anything with this (I did see a “cookbook” for dogs and cats on Amazon), I just used a diet from a paper given to me by my holistic vet. Just wanted to offer people who are now a little nervous about feeding their animals another option.


    7. John Staton on April 11th, 2007 9:01 am

      Remember also that this crap was listed as safe for human consumption. US and Canada are major exporters of wheat. There is no excuse for the purchase of this crap from China. Makes one want to make certain that someone’s executive bonus is eliminated for this action in the very least.

    8. Cynthia on April 11th, 2007 6:08 pm

      This shouldn’t surprise us that the media isn’t reporting the numbers. Maybe they hope to keep their advertisers happy, the ones that manufacture their pet food at Menu Foods.

      I would not buy anything that has been manufactured by this company, no matter how safe they say it is! I am making all my dog & cat food with organic ingredients.

      Please check out this article from the Animal Protection Institute…”What’s Really in Pet Food”

      The whole way they produce pet food reminds me of Solient Green! I’t appalling! Food not fit for any living creature.

    9. Glaswegian on April 11th, 2007 10:30 pm

      I can’t find the link right now — and I’m supposed to be working so can’t research it at the moment!! But…I heard today that the CEO (or someone high up in the company) of Menu Foods sold off stock before the information about the poisoning was made public. Kind of like…”Who knew and when did they know…”

    10. Pet Food Companies Agree to Pay $24 Million to Pet Owners in Tainted Pet Food Recall Suit (Menu Foods) | Scared Monkeys on May 23rd, 2008 8:13 am

      [...] American history. The tragedy of the tainted food had cost many of our readers their pets. It was unknown just how may cats and dogs were killed nationwide, however, now there has been a settlement [...]

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