Pet Food Companies Agree to Pay $24 Million to Pet Owners in Tainted Pet Food Recall Suit (Menu Foods)


We all remember the Menu Foods pet food recall that affected so many Pet_food_recalltypes of cat and dog food in supermarkets. It was the biggest ever pet food recall in 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 reached.

Pet food companies that were sued over contaminated and tainted food that caused the deaths of thousands of cats and dogs have agreed to pay $24 million to pet owners in the United States and Canada. Ontario based Menu Foods was one of the companies sued. Recall information HERE. Approximately 300 people sued 30 companies in state and federal courts including Menu Foods.


Ontario-based Menu Foods Income Fund, which makes dog and cat food under about 90 brand names, and other firms that make or sell pet food announced April 1 that they were settling lawsuits with pet owners.

The pet food was discovered to contain wheat gluten imported from China that was contaminated with melamine, a chemical used to make plastics. Though Menu was the first company to issue recalls, four other companies eventually recalled pet foods, too.

“The settlement attempts to reimburse pet owners for all of their economic damages,” said Russell Paul, a lawyer for plaintiffs in the lawsuit.

The deal would affect people who incurred expenses directly related to the illness or death of a pet linked to the food, which was at the center of the biggest-ever U.S. pet food recall in 2007.

Under the terms of the deal announced Thursday, pet owners could be reimbursed for all reasonable expenditures, including veterinarian bills and burial or cremation costs.

Pet owners could also ask for the fair market value of their deceased pets, if that is higher than the costs incurred. Owners who do not have documentation of their expenses can get up to $900 each. All claims are subject to a review.

The companies say they will donate any money left in the fund after claims are paid out to animal welfare charities. (Yahoo News)

Posted May 23, 2008 by
Deceased, Judicial | 3 comments

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  • Comments

    3 Responses to “Pet Food Companies Agree to Pay $24 Million to Pet Owners in Tainted Pet Food Recall Suit (Menu Foods)”

    1. brie. on May 23rd, 2008 9:26 am

      I do not buy anything anymore that is made in China….they even sell that stuff to their own people…even if it’s not tainted you can’t trust the packaging…I bought a package of 4 socks, MADE IN CHINA, inexpensive to wear out in the garden, when I opened the package I had 3 pair of socks and two of them had a big hole….

    2. Colleen on May 25th, 2008 8:58 am

      I filed a claim last year with Menu foods for my deceased cat. Thay have refused to speak to me or even acknowledge that they recievd my claim. How do I go about collecting ny dammages? They have been very ucooperative throughout this entire process. They hung up on me several times when I called to inquire about the status fo my claim. Why do I think they will not really pay out,

    3. ruthmarie cartwright on October 21st, 2008 8:00 pm

      We lost our Kiska, she suffered for about 4 weeks, we had no idea what was going on. How dare they play with the love of our lives. Who is the “REAL ANIMAL”? How and Where do we go on from here?

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