Rodent poison may have come in on imported wheat
By: Heartland News & The Associated Press
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ALBANY, N.Y. - There's new information on just how rat poison may have gotten into pet food linked to the deaths of at least 16 cats and dogs.
The poison (aminopterin) may have been on imported wheat that was used in the pet food. The type of poison identified by the network is one that is used to kill rats in some countries -- but according to the E.P.A., it's not registered for use in the United States. The chemical is also a
cancer drug, and it's highly toxic in high doses.
Earlier today, a spokeswoman for the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets said rat poison had been found in the pet food. She wouldn't identify the chemical or its source.
The pet deaths led to a recall of 60 million cans and pouches of pet food produced by Menu Foods and sold under 95 brand names throughout North America. The company has confirmed the deaths of 15 cats and one dog.
Dawn Majerczyk says her orange tabby fell sick last week just two days after he ate a single package of Special Kitty. It is one of 95 cat and dog food brands recalled by Menu Foods of Canada. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says the recall came two weeks after nine cats died during routine company taste tests of its products.
Majerczyk say she took the 9-year-old cat to its first-ever veterinarian visit the day of the recall. The cat was euthanized after his organs began to fail.
Majerczyk's lawsuit seeks class-action status.
A Menu Foods spokesman says company officials had no immediate comment on the lawsuit.
For the latest information you can call Menu Foods at their recall hotline:
You can also click the link we have provided on the right of this story, this will take you directly to the Menu Foods web site where more information is listed.