Kinship Circle, LCA, PETA: More on Menu Foods Recall

March 23rd, 2007 4:38 pm by Kelly Garbato

Below the fold, you’ll find several recent alerts from Kinship Circle, Last Chance for Animals, and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals regarding the tainted/recalled Menu Foods “pet” food. Please take a moment to read through all of these, as each contains different information and actionable items.

1. Kinship Circle: NEWS/ RAT POISON Found In Tainted Pet Food

2. Last Chance for Animals: LCA News Update – Pet Food Recall

3. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals: Keeping Dogs and Cats Safe During the Food Recalls

Photo via Charley Lhasa


1. Kinship Circle: NEWS/ RAT POISON Found In Tainted Pet Food

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From: Kinship Circle – info [at]
Date: Mar 23, 2007 3:09 PM
Subject: NEWS/ RAT POISON Found In Tainted Pet Food


**KINSHIP CIRCLE is currently researching contact info/background for a large-scale letter campaign.


– Reimburse customers for any veterinary bills relating to the treatment and death of poisoned animals.

– To enforce oversight at all manufacturer sites.

– STOP killing animals with the continued testing of toxic food on lab-confined cats and dogs.

– Replace all experiments on companion animals with laboratory analysis of formulas for nutritional composition.

Please look for this action campaign in your email box soon…

Brenda Shoss, Kinship Circle,

Recalled Dog Product Information
Recall Information 1-866-895-2708

Recalled Cat Product Information
Recall Information 1-866-895-2708


Rat poison found in tainted pet food
Animal deaths have led to nationwide recall; news conference scheduled

Pebbles, a 7-year-old Yorkshire terrier who is battling kidney failure after eating dog food that was later recalled, was being cared for at Collett Veterinary Clinic in the Sylmar area of Los Angeles on March 21.

ALBANY, N.Y. – Rodent poison has been found in pet food blamed for the deaths of at least 16 cats and dogs, a spokeswoman for the State Department of Agriculture and Markets said Friday.

Spokeswoman Jessica Chittenden would not identify the chemical or its source beyond saying it was a rodent poison.

State agriculture officials scheduled a news conference Friday at 1 p.m. EST to release laboratory findings from tests on the pet food conducted this week.

The rat poison, which may have been used on wheat imported from China, is illegal in the U.S., NBC News correspondent Tom Costello told MSNBC TV.

The deaths led to a recall of 60 million cans and pouches of “cuts and gravy” style pet food produced by Menu Foods and sold throughout North America under 95 brand names. There have been reports of kidney failure, some fatal, in pets that ate the recalled brands. The company has confirmed the deaths of 15 cats and one dog.

The recall sparked concern among pet owners across North America. It includes food sold under store brands carried by Wal-Mart, Kroger, Safeway and other large retailers, as well as private labels such as Iams, Nutro and Eukanuba.

It includes food sold under store brands carried by Wal-Mart, Kroger, Safeway and other large retailers, as well as private labels like Iams, Nutro and Eukanuba. Call centers hired by the company received 47,000 calls over the weekend, Henderson said.

There have been tests on 10 cats that died performed by an outside company for Menu Foods. The results show only that the cats died of acute kidney failure.

The FDA has sent investigators to New Jersey and Kansas plants operated by Menu Foods.

Wheat gluten is a source of protein and was used to thicken the gravy in the pet food, sold in both cans and pouches, according to the FDA.

Reason for recall delay

A complete list of the recalled products along with product codes, descriptions and production dates was available from the Menu Foods Web site. The company also designated two phone numbers that pet owners could call for information — (866) 463-6738 and (866) 895-2708.

Menu Foods is majority owned by Menu Foods Income Fund. The company also makes foods for zoo cats, but those products are unaffected by the recall.


Rat Poison Cited In Pet Food Recall
Wheat From China Contaminated, Lab Says

3/23/07 — A spokeswoman for the New York state Department of Agriculture and Markets said Friday that rodent poison was found in tainted pet food that killed several animals and sparked a nationwide recall.

A spokeswoman did not identifying the chemical or its source, beyond saying that it’s rodent poison.

State officials will be releasing laboratory findings later today.

A news conference is expected at 1 p.m. EDT. Watch live on

ABC News reported that the chemical was aminopterin, which was on wheat imported from China.

Various online medical sources indicate that aminopterin is also used in trials to treat leukemia.

Sixteen animal deaths led to the recall of 60 (m) million cans and pouches of pet food sold throughout North America under 95 brand names.

Previous Stories:
March 21, 2007: Pet Food Maker Can’t Explain Deaths
March 20, 2007: Pet Food Tests Killed 1 in 6, FDA Says
March 17, 2007: Pet Owners Worried After Massive Pet Food Recall

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2. Last Chance for Animals: LCA News Update – Pet Food Recall

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From: Last Chance for Animals – campaigns [at]
Date: Mar 22, 2007 8:53 PM
Subject: LCA News Update – Pet Food Recall

Keep reading for an update on the nation wide pet food recall.

More Dead Animals and a Class-Action Lawsuit

Recently, Menu Foods Income Fund, a major manufacturer of dog and cat food sold under Wal-Mart, Safeway, Kroger and other store brands, recalled 60 million containers of wet pet food after reports of kidney failure and deaths.

According to CBS News; After finding out the dog and cat food manufactured at their plant may be contaminated, Menu Foods decided to test their product by feeding it to 40 to 50 dogs and cats – seven died.

“Not only are people’s companion animals dying because of Menu Foods, but innocent laboratory dogs and cats are dying as well. This whole situation is such a shame. Menu Foods should immediately stop animal testing at their laboratories and consider an ethical and compassionate response to the problem at hand – the numerous dogs and cats that have already died because of this yet undisclosed contamination deserve no less! ” said Chris DeRose, LCA President & Founder.

UPDATE! There is a class-action lawsuit being filed on behalf of all California pet owners harmed by the pet food. If you or someone you know has been affected by the food, please contact:

Timothy P. Prince
Law Firm: Tomlinson, Nydam and Prince, L.L.P.
290 North D Street, Suite 807
San Bernardino, CA 92401
Tel: (909) 888-1000
Fax: 909-888-6601

For more information and to see the list of the dog and cat food in question, click here. Check back often — the list grows daily.

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3. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals: Keeping Dogs and Cats Safe During the Food Recalls

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From: Ingrid Newkirk – newsmanager [at]
Date: Mar 22, 2007 10:03 PM
Subject: Keeping Dogs and Cats Safe During the Food Recalls

Let me help you ensure the safety of the animals in your own home in light of the Menu Foods dog and cat food recall and tell you what PETA is doing to hold the dog and cat food industry accountable.

You must know that dog and cat food manufacturer Menu Foods is recalling some 90 name brands of canned wet food, including Iams and Eukanuba, that have been linked to renal failure and more than a dozen animal deaths.

How to Keep Your Animals Safe

Make sure you are not feeding your animal companion any of the recalled foods. You can find the full list of products that are being recalled by Menu Foods here.

If you believe that your animal companion has fallen ill from eating a product manufactured by Menu Foods, immediately take the animal to your veterinarian. Symptoms of kidney failure include lack of appetite, listlessness, increased thirst, increased urination, vomiting, and diarrhea.

Please also report any animal illness or death to Menu Foods at 866-895-2708 and to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration at 888-463-6332.

What PETA Is Doing

The fact that animals are dying from tainted Menu Foods products is horrific. To make matters worse, the company’s response is stupefying and infuriating.

It’s our understanding that Menu Foods learned of animal deaths as early as February 20 but didn’t issue a recall for almost a month.

PETA is urging government authorities in Canada and the U.S. to investigate Menu Foods and file criminal charges if the company is found to have violated laws by waiting nearly a month before recalling contaminated food and intentionally feeding it to healthy dogs and cats in laboratories, killing several of them.

We know from experience that Menu Foods has never put the interests of animals ahead of its profits. Do you remember when a PETA investigator went undercover at a contract testing laboratory in Missouri that conducted cruel experiments on animals for Menu Foods and Iams? What PETA’s investigator uncovered there was shocking; some dogs had huge chunks of muscle removed from their legs and were left to suffer for days. You can read more about the investigation here. We took action then and changes were made, but now … this!

What You Can Do to Keep Animals Safe in the Future

Each of us, as loving companions to the cats and dogs in our care, must stand up to corporations like Menu Foods and Iams and hold them accountable for the food they are selling. Please take immediate action:

* Buy pet food only from companies that test their foods in modern ways, not by experimenting on animals. The list of cruelty-free companies includes PetGuard, Evolution, and V-dog. One of the surest ways to stop corporations like Iams and Menu Foods is by not purchasing their products until they are proved to be safe and cruelty-free. For a list of manufacturers that do not test on animals, click here.

* Demand that Menu Foods take full responsibility for these animal deaths from tainted food and the company’s slow response in letting people know. Insist that the company take measures to ensure that this will never happen again, and ask Menu Foods to end its cruel and old-fashioned experiments on dogs and cats.

* Demand that Iams (Menu Foods manufactured the recalled Iams food) immediately end all laboratory tests on animals.

PETA is the leading national animal advocacy organization working to hold pet food manufacturers accountable for their cruelty and callousness. PETA is actively calling for a thorough investigation of the tainted food scandal, and we need your help today.

Thank you for everything you do for animals,


Ingrid E. Newkirk

P.S. PETA’s demand for accountability from Menu Foods is already making international headlines. By taking the three steps listed above, you can speak out against this rapidly growing scandal.

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