Kinship Circle: LETTER / Demand Action In Menu Foods Recall

March 25th, 2007 4:22 pm by Kelly Garbato

UPDATE, 4/2/07:

Please see Kinship Circle’s revised sample letters here.

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From: Kinship Circle – info [at] kinshipcircle.org
Date: Mar 24, 2007 3:19 PM
Subject: LETTER/ Demand Action In Menu Foods Recall

Kinship ANIMAL DISASTER RELIEF – PERMISSION TO CROSS-POST AS WRITTEN
(Please do not delete identity/disclaimer information)

3/24/07 — Death & Despair: Demand Action In Menu Foods Recall
KINSHIP CIRCLE ACTION CAMPAIGN
http://www.KinshipCircle.org

SAMPLE LETTERS IN THIS ALERT:

1. To Menu Foods
2. To Canadian Authorities
3. To Authorities Re: Iams
4. To Authorities Re: Sinclair Research Center
5. To the Food & Drug Administration (FDA)
6. PLUS: Recall info, Alternative Foods, DRY Food Scare?

SOURCE OF INFORMATION / REFERENCES: AT END OF ALERT

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SAMPLE LETTERS & CONTACT INFO

Sample letters are prepared to give you ample background on an issue.

Try to change some words, pare down letters, and make them your own.

**DELETE ALL REFERENCES TO KINSHIP CIRCLE BEFORE SENDING**

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SAMPLE LETTER #1: To Menu Foods

Menu Foods is majority owned by the Menu Foods Income Fund, based in Ontario, Canada.
http://www.menufoods.com

Paul K. Henderson, President, Chief Executive Officer and Director of Menu
Foods GenPar Limited
Menu Foods Income Fund
8 Falconer Drive; Streetsville, ON
Canada L5N 1B1
ph: +1-905-826-3870; fax: +1-905-826-4995

Serge Darkazanli, President and Chief Executive Officer
Menu Foods Income Fund
8 Falconer Drive; Mississauga, ON
Canada L5M 2C1
ph: 905-826-3870; fax: 905-826-8102
email: sdarkazanli [at] menufoods.com, adoremus [at] menufoods.com

Mark Wiens, Executive Vice President
Menu Foods Income Fund
8 Falconer Drive; Mississauga, ON
Canada L5M 2C1
email: mwiens [at] menufoods.com

Dear Mr. Henderson, Mr. Karkazanli, Mr. Wiens, and Menu Foods:

Thank you for announcing plans to reimburse caretakers able to link their animals’ illnesses with products named in the recall of 60 million Menu Foods cans and pouches.

As you know, health inspectors identified aminopterin, a rodent poison, as the contaminant at least partially responsible for the confirmed deaths of 15 cats and two dogs (as of 3/24/07). A veterinarian at Cornell University’s prestigious New York State Animal Health Diagnostic Center predicts fatalities may skyrocket into the thousands.

I sincerely hope Menu Foods compensates guardians for veterinary tests, therapy, and loss arrangements — minus any bureaucratic delays. I also urge Menu Foods to:

* Enforce oversight at all manufacturer sites.
* Discontinue testing toxic food on lab-confined cats and dogs.
* Replace all animal experiments with laboratory analysis and other non-animal methods.

If the mass recall of products marketed across North America under 95 brands doesn’t jumpstart viable pet-food safety protocol, I’m not sure what will. I encourage Menu Foods to work with government regulatory agencies to implement stricter security measures and prevent future tragedies.

Furthermore, I am shocked to learn at least nine cats and one dog (as of 3/23/07) have succumbed to lab-induced kidney failure in tests engineered by Menu Foods Income Fund to counter consumer grievances. Histological analyses and necropsies of already deceased animals who ate noxious food ought to present sufficient data to isolate and even treat the effects of the contaminant. Other cruelty-free models include a functional gastro-intestinal dog (FIDO) or TIM-1 and TIM-2 (small and large gastro-intestinal models).

I cannot purchase your goods until a no-animal testing policy is instated. Quite simply, polluted human foods are never tested in humans. The forced ingestion of “suspect raw materials” in animals is equally repugnant. I commend your devotion, but please do not sacrifice any more cats and dogs.

Though manufacturers are not legally required to experiment on animals to earn market approval, Menu Foods has authorized animal studies long before the March 2007 recall. Tests to gauge “metabolic energy” of dog and cat food restrain animals in barren stainless-steel cages, sometimes for years. Exercise and other forms of stimulation (such as toys) are virtually nonexistent.

In 2002 and 2003, investigations inside Sinclair Research Center, a laboratory under contract with Iams and Menu Foods, exposed dogs with muscle chunks severed from their thighs huddling on a cold floor. Two dogs died post-surgery and at least 27 were killed over the course of this experiment alone. Sinclair recently settled with the USDA for alleged violations of the federal Animal Welfare Act. Iams dropped Sinclair, but does Menu Foods still retain this lab to perform its animal experiments?

The recall initiated a chain of fear and pain for animals and people. Please staff your phone lines so consumers can actually obtain timely information from a representative. In addition, I encourage Menu Foods to replace old-fashioned animal experiments with progressive, non-animal research modes.

Thank you,

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SAMPLE LETTER #2: To Canadian Authorities

The Honorable Mark Saltmarsh
Crown Attorney’s Office
Grenville & William Davis Courthouse, 5th Fl., Ste. 100
7755 Hurontario St.
Brampton, ON L6W 4T6, Canada
ph: 905-456-4777; fax: 905-456-4780

Dear Mr. Saltmarsh:

In light of the recent recall of 60 million pet food cans and pouches, I respectfully ask you to open an investigation to determine if the manufacturer, Menu Foods, has disobeyed Canadian law.

As you likely know, health inspectors identified aminopterin, a rodent poison, as the contaminant at least partially responsible for the confirmed deaths of 15 cats and two dogs (as of 3/24/07). A veterinarian at Cornell University’s prestigious New York State Animal Health Diagnostic Center predicts fatalities may skyrocket into the thousands. As renal failure cases continue to pour in from veterinary clinics, the mortality rate is certain to climb.

Menu Foods allegedly learned about contamination concerns by February 20, 2007, yet waited until March 16 to recall foods marketed across North America under 95 brands. During this delay, caretakers continued to feed their animals tainted food, thus prolonging the potential for illness and death. I urge you to hold Menu Foods liable for each fatality, to the extent permissible under Canadian law.

Furthermore, at least nine cats and one dog (as of 3/23/07) have succumbed to lab-induced kidney failure in tests engineered by Menu Foods Income Fund to counter consumer grievances. The decision to test toxicants in healthy animals is particularly repugnant. Histological analyses and necropsies of already deceased animals who ate noxious food ought to present sufficient data to isolate and even treat the effects of the contaminant. Other cruelty-free models include a functional gastro-intestinal dog (FIDO) or TIM-1 and TIM-2 (small and large gastro-intestinal models).

Please consider a statute in Canada’s criminal code that seems relevant to these circumstances:

* R.S.C., ch. C-34, S 446.(1)(a) “Every one commits an offence who willfully [causes]… unnecessary pain, suffering or injury to an animal…”

* R.S.C., ch. C-34, S 446.(1)(e) “Every one commits an offence who willfully, without reasonable excuse, administers a poisonous or an injurious drug or substance to a domestic animal…”

Please thoroughly investigate Menu Foods’ actions and if deemed in violation of Canadian law, prosecute implicated parties to the maximum degree allowed by law.

Thank you for your valuable time and deliberation,

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SAMPLE LETTER #3: To Authorities Re: Iams

The Honorable Joseph D. Deters, Prosecuting Attorney
Hamilton County Prosecutor’s Office
230 E. Ninth St., Ste. 4000; Cincinnati, OH 45202
ph: 513-946-3006; fax: 513-946-3017
email: Joe.Deters [at] hcpros.org
website: http://www.hcpros.org/directory.html

Dear Mr. Deters,

In light of the recent recall of 60 million pet food cans and pouches, I respectfully ask you to open an investigation to determine if Iams Company has disobeyed Ohio anti-cruelty law (Ohio Rev. Code Ann. S 959.131). Iams and Eukanuba are among the 95 recalled brands manufactured at Menu Foods and distributed across North America.

As you likely know, health inspectors identified aminopterin, a rodent poison, as the contaminant at least partially responsible for the confirmed deaths of 15 cats and two dogs (as of 3/24/07). A veterinarian at Cornell University’s prestigious New York State Animal Health Diagnostic Center predicts fatalities may skyrocket into the thousands. As renal failure cases continue to pour in from veterinary clinics nationwide, the mortality rate is certain to climb.

Iams’ manufacturer, Menu Foods, allegedly learned about contamination concerns by February 20, 2007, yet waited until March 16 to issue a mass recall. During this delay, caretakers continued to feed their animals tainted food, thus prolonging the potential for illness and death. Iams presumably became aware of contaminated foods well before the publicized recall. I urge you to hold Iams liable for each related fatality, to the extent permissible under Ohio law.

Thank you for your valuable time and deliberation,

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SAMPLE LETTER #4: To Authorities Re: Sinclair Research Center

Molly Aust
Animal Control
616 Big Bear Blvd.; Columbia, MO 65202
ph: 573-449-1888; fax: 573-442-5416
web email form:
grw@GoColumbiaMo.com">http://www.gocolumbiamo.com/Feedback/feedback.php?email=grw@GoColumbiaMo.com

Dear Ms. Aust,

In light of the recent recall of 60 million pet food cans and pouches, I respectfully ask you to open an investigation to determine if Sinclair Research Center and Menu Foods have disobeyed state law.

Now that health inspectors have identified aminopterin, a rodent poison, as a contaminant at least partially responsible for the confirmed deaths of 15 cats and two dogs (as of 3/24/07), a veterinarian at Cornell University’s prestigious New York State Animal Health Diagnostic Center predicts fatalities may skyrocket into the thousands. As renal failure cases continue to pour in from veterinary clinics nationwide, the mortality rate is certain to climb.

To counter consumer grievances, Menu Foods engineered lab-induced kidney failure in at least nine cats and one dog (as of 3/23/07). Please question Sinclair Research Center’s possible participation in the forcible ingestion of toxicants. News sources indicate this experiment occurred on or near February 27.

As you may be aware, 2002/2003 investigations inside Sinclair, a Columbia, MO laboratory under contract with Menu Foods and [formerly] Iams, exposed significant violations of the federal Animal Welfare Act. Investigators documented dogs with muscle chunks severed from their thighs huddling on a cold floor. Two dogs died post-surgery and at least 27 were killed over the course of this experiment alone. Sinclair recently settled with the USDA.

The deliberate poisoning of healthy animals is particularly repugnant. Histological analyses and necropsies of already deceased animals who ate noxious food ought to present sufficient data to isolate and even treat the effects of the contaminant. Other cruelty-free models include a functional gastro-intestinal dog (FIDO) or TIM-1 and TIM-2 (small and large gastro-intestinal models).

I urge you to consider a statute in Missouri criminal code, Mo. Ann. Stat. SS578.005-578.012 that seems relevant to these circumstances. Please thoroughly investigate Menu Foods and Sinclair (a Menu Foods’ contract Laboratory). If deemed in violation of Missouri law, prosecute all implicated parties to the maximum extent allowed by law.

Thank you for your valuable time and deliberation,

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SAMPLE LETTER #5: To Food And Drug Administration (FDA)

Daniel G. McChesney, Ph.D., Director
Food and Drug Administration, Center for Veterinary Medicine
Office of Surveillance and Compliance
7500 Standish Pl., HFV-230; Rockville, MD 20855
ph: 240-453-6830; fax: 240-453-6880
email: daniel.mcchesney [at] fda.hhs.gov
website: http://www.aafco.org/NameSearch/tabid/76/Default.aspx#M

Dear Dr. McChesney,

In light of the recent recall of 60 million pet food cans and pouches, I am relieved to know the FDA has opened an investigation into contaminated Menu Foods products and escalating animal deaths.

As you know, health inspectors identified aminopterin, a rodent poison, as the contaminant at least partially responsible for the confirmed deaths of 15 cats and two dogs (as of 3/24/07). A veterinarian at Cornell University’s prestigious New York State Animal Health Diagnostic Center predicts fatalities may skyrocket into the thousands. At PetConnection.com, a veterinarian’s self-reporting website, at least 1,103 deaths (654 cats and 449 dogs) are linked to the poisoned foods. As renal failure cases continue to pour in from veterinary clinics nationwide, the mortality rate is certain to climb.

Menu Foods allegedly learned about contamination concerns by February 20, 2007, yet waited until March 16 to recall foods marketed across North America under 95 brands. During this delay, caretakers continued to feed their animals tainted food, thus prolonging the potential for illness and death. Iams Company and other private labels under Menu Foods presumably became aware of contaminated foods well before the publicized recall. Please hold Menu Foods, Iams and all companies informed about pre-recall contamination issues liable for related fatalities or illnesses.

I hope the FDA intends to thoroughly examine the actions of Menu Foods, associated companies, and their agents. I respectfully ask you to implement any penalties judged suitable at the end of your inquiry. I would greatly appreciate feedback about the FDA’s investigation.

Thank you for your valuable time and deliberation,

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#6: Recall Info, Alternative Food Sources, DRY Food Scare?

What’s in a Can of Dog Food? Don’t ask.
http://www.slate.com/id/2162164?GT1=9231

EYEWITNESS ACCOUNT: PET FOOD RECIPE?

SOURCE: Cornwall’s Voice For Animals, cvfa.uk [at] virgin.net

[From my friend on myspace] 3/22/07, Gayle writes: My brother has actually been to the [MENU FOODS] plant in Columbia/Lexington, South Carolina. (He automates machinery and they bought machinery from the company my brother works for.) He said it was DEPPLORABLE! Upon entering the road to the plant, there are barrels lined up, starting at the street. People from nearby areas bring their dead pets, cattle, road kill and shelters (their euthanized animals) and dump them in the barrels. The barrels are then taken inside the plant where the carcasses are boiled. They pull out the larger bones to resell as pet bones. The meat, hide, small bones and fur are ground up and sold as pet food to the companies on the recall list. My brother said the smell at that place is unbearable. He could not stay there because of the smell and knowing how they made the pet food. He said he could not stop from gagging… He said they also use rotten fish from the grocery store, old dead chickens. After his trip to that plant, he began making his own dog food for his dog

KINSHIP CIRCLE RECOMMENDS…

Check out natural, preservative/additive-free lines:
http://www.petfooddirect.com

All-Natural Dog Food:
http://www.petfooddirect.com:80/store/brands4dept.asp?dept%5Fid=130

All-Natural Cat Food:
http://www.petfooddirect.com:80/store/brands4dept.asp?dept%5Fid=131

We [the five furry ones] love Wellness, PetGuard, Innova, Wysong, by Nature Organics, Avoderm, and Halo.

Recall Info, Possible DRY Food Contamination?
RECALLED DOG PRODUCT INFO
Recall Information 1-866-895-2708
http://www.menufoods.com/recall/product_dog.html

RECALLED CAT PRODUCT INFO
Recall Information 1-866-895-2708
http://www.menufoods.com/recall/product_cat.html

OTHER INFORMATIVE RECALL SITES
http://www.howl911.com/petfoodrecall.htm
http://l.petsmart-mail.com/l/r/04LRGH8B0LfKq02HkX
http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zhtml?c=196265&p=factset16

IS IAMS’ DRY FOOD ALSO CONTAMINATED?
http://www.peta.org/feat-iams.asp

3/23/07: PETA has received queries from concerned dog and cat guardians who are worried that animals might fall ill after eating dry food, and as a result, PETA is demanding that Iams and Menu Foods also recall dry food products until they are chemically tested — and cleared — for safety. We have also sent an urgent letter to the director of the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Veterinary Medicine urging him to investigate Iams and other companies that sell food supplied by Menu Foods and take appropriate actions if the companies knew, yet withheld, information about pet food contamination.

DISCUSSION ABOUT POSSIBLE DRY FOOD CONTAMINATION
http://www.gothamist.com/2007/03/17/pet_food_recall.php#comment-1043832

SEVERAL REPORTS OF IAMS DRY FOOD LINKED TO ILLNESS
http://tinyurl.com/37d8en

EYEWITNESS REPORTS: NUTRO DRY FOOD POISONED TOO?
SOURCE: Forwarded by: Donna Willinsky

[Alicia Campbell — who wrote this — is the dog warden for the town of Winsted] I was feeding Nutro Max small bites (DRY) to my 3 Aussies and 1 Corgi. For the last 3 weeks on and off all 4 dogs have vomited yellow bile. I did not think much of it because it was on and off… Then the recall… only wet?

My brother called me on Sunday and his 10 yr. old Sheltie was vomiting bile on and off for a few days and now has blood in her urine. They brought in a UA and dog is being treated for a UA infection.

Yesterday he called me and his male 13-month-old German Shepherd has blood in his urine… Guess what? Feeding DRY Nutro Max. Another UA to vets. No infection.

The dispatcher at the police department where I work overheard me talking to my brother. She has 2 mixes on Nutro Ultra DRY. They have been vomiting bile on and off for about 4 weeks.

A woman in my obedience class: Her mother has a Terrier on Nutro All Natural DRY… Dog is being treated for blood in urine.

The dispatcher called the FDA today and spoke with Bill Boiven (SP?) at 781-596-7783. She gave him all our info and he contacted me. Guess what? They have already started to launch an investigation on the dry dog food. They are getting millions of phone calls about this. He did tell me that the foods are processed by 2 different manufactures but this is way too coincidental.

Yes I have now put my dogs on boiled rice, hamburger and Wellness. Just thought some of you might want to know and maybe call if you are having problems. Seems to be more widespread than wet or canned. Thanks, Alicia Campbell, Moonstone Shepherds

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SOURCE OF INFORMATION / REFERENCES:

Rat poison found in tainted pet food
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/17754681/

Doctors Caution Thousands More Pet Deaths Expected
http://abcnews.go.com/WNT/story?id=2974319

Poisoned Pet Food Maker Will Take Financial Responsibility for Deaths
http://abcnews.go.com/US/story?id=2975912&page=1

Menu Food Tests Dish Out Cruelty And Suffering
http://www.peta.org/feat/iams/menu.html

IAMS Tortures Animals
http://www.iamscruelty.com/videos.asp

Iams Update: Cruelty Charges, Lawsuit, What to Do
http://blog.peta.org/archives/2007/03/iams_update_cru.php

Dying For Kibble: IAMS Animal Tests
http://www.kinshipcircle.org/columns_articles/0047.html

PETITON
MENU FOODS MAY BE TESTING ANIMALS WITH THEIR TAINTED PET FOOD
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/578295121?ltl=1174612025

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    […] **If you already sent letters, based on our original 3/24 alert — that is fine. Those letters reflect all information available at that time. However, in light of CHANGING INFORMATION, including discovery of a different contaminant (a chemical used in plastics) and over 2,800 animal deaths…we HAVE REVISED THE SAMPLE LETTERS BELOW. […]

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