It would seem that South Park may have been right after all. Blame Canada. Multiple sources are reporting that the source of the pet food contamination has been found. A substance called aminopterin that is used as a rat poison in some countries has been found to be the source of the problem. How this substance came in contact with the food is unknown at this time. It could be speculated that this was used within the manufacturing facility to control rodent infestation. Or this could have been intentionally added to the product by some sick individual. We saw something like that occur years ago with the Tylenol product. We may never know the full truth in this case. While knowing the source of the contamination is good. I'm sure it does nothing to comfort those who have lost their pets. Some people who live in my area might speculate that this is revenge. It was pilots from our Air National Guard Unit that dropped bombs on Canadian troops in 2002. While I feel sorrow for those affected by that action. I still think our pilots got railroaded and used as scapegoats in regards to that tragedy. So that is my conspiracy theory for the day. Some will take that as me making light of both situations. Which is far from the truth. I see both of these events as very serious. In my opinion this doesn't always mean we can't try to lighten the mood a bit when we report them in an editorial way. Keep in mind though that many would see the loss of human life as more important than a loss of a pet.
In Springfield, IL area the local newspaper is reporting that several recent pet deaths are being classified as being caused by this contaminated food.
Local Aldi grocery store doesn't care about your pets health – Iggy Uncensored
I came across the update to this story from a site linked in my RSS feeds.
Pet Food Recall Update Cause Found A Shareware Life
Pet Food Recall A Shareware Life
Rat poison found in pet food, official says – CNN
Toxin in pet food produced by Canadian company identified as rat poison Canadian perspective
Tests find rat poison in recalled pet food CBC.CA – Canada's News
Rat poison found in samples of Menu Foods product, N.Y. officials say Body & Health powered by MediResource
Rat poison found in deadly pet food Salt Lake Tribune
Rat poison found in tainted pet food Businessweek Daily
Rat Poison Found in Tainted Pet Food Houston Chronicle
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Rat Poison Found in Tainted Pet Food World Latest Guardian Unlimited
Rat Poison to Blame for Pet Food Contamination ABC News
Rat Poison Found in Recalled Pet Food – Forbes.com
Twitter – googlenewsus
Rat Poison Found in Dog Food Recall « DogReader
Pet-food maker to pay vet bills Freep
Rat poison found in deadly pet food – Pet Health – MSNBC
Pet Food Recall DANGER ~ Chris Pirillo
Recall of Pet Foods Manufactured by Menu Foods, Inc. Food and Drug Administration Home Page
I could have sworn a few more local sites had covered this subject. But using their search features when I could find them didn't bring anything up.
Here is an excerpt from an email that Petsmart has sent out.
Dear Valued PetSmart customer:
As you have probably heard, Menu Foods, a national manufacturer of pet foods, issued a voluntary recall of canned and pouched wet dog and cat food manufactured in two of its facilities between December 2006 and March 2007. Again, this is a recall of a specific type of wet pet food made by Menu Foods. Other wet pet foods and all dry pet food and treats are not impacted by this recall.
Menu Foods initiated the recall after receiving reports that some of its foods may be the cause of reported illnesses and kidney failure in dogs and cats. Menu Foods distributes these products to supermarkets, mass merchandisers and pet specialty stores, including PetSmart®, under a variety of brand names.
Click here to see a complete list of PetSmart products that are part of the recall, as well as their respective UPCs (also referred to as the bar code). The bar code can be found on the product label; the UPC is under the series of bars. As a reminder, the items listed are the only items that PetSmart carries that have been affected by the recall.
In the meantime, we have pulled all recalled products from our store shelves and have a process in place to help ensure they're not restocked or distributed in any way. The brands and products currently on our shelves are considered safe.
If you have purchased any of the recalled items, you should discontinue use immediately. We recommend you contact your vet if you have any concerns that your pet may have been affected. Symptoms may include:
- Vomiting (this is usually the first sign)
- Refusal to eat
- Abnormal increase in water consumption
- Abnormal increase in urination
If you're interested in finding out more about what kinds of tests vets recommend to make a diagnosis, click here.