Friday, March 23, 2007

Rat poison found in deadly pet food

Animal deaths linked to lethal toxin illegal in the U.S.
(and the FDA is investigating whether it might also have contaminated human food.)
Full story, breaking news, videos and lots of links on MSNBC.com

"Rat poison was found in the pet food suspected of causing kidney failure that killed at least 16 cats and dogs ... The toxin was identified as aminopterin, which is used to kill rats in some countries, state Agriculture Commissioner Patrick Hooker said. The poison may have been used on wheat imported from China, NBC News correspondent Tom Costello told MSNBC TV.

"Aminopterin is not registered for killing rodents in the United States, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, though it is used as a cancer drug ... it inhibits the growth of malignant cells and suppresses the immune system. In dogs and cats, it can cause kidney failure, according to Donald Smith, dean of Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine ...

"Spokesman for New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo said he was not aware of any criminal investigation involving the tainted food. FBI spokesman Paul Holstein in Albany said Friday he was not aware of any FBI involvement in the case. “I don’t know where we’ll go from here,” he said."

8 comments:

Kim and Oscar said...

I just read this article and now it's here on your site! You're a well informed bunch here! I think it's very scary and that humans DO need to spend more time investigating! Great job keeping your fellow felines up to date!

Also, thanks for visiting my site if I didn't tell you before. My Mom is doing much better.

Junior said...

This is horrible! I feel so bad for all the furbabies that have crossed the bridge and all those that are sick. Meowm and I are gonna send up tons of purrayers tonite that no more babies cross the bridge.

Eric and Flynn said...

this is awful news. How can such a thing happen?

Mu shue Pooh King Cat said...

rocky My mama switched my chuchues to bule spa seleclet it a local compitly that makes holistic food she aslso fond some one who makes cat food and sells it. I got my frist helping tonight and it was deloulous



Lilly Lu

Lux said...

This whole situation is just awful!

Cheysuli said...

Sorry about the confusion in the comments section of our blog Rocky. The PCC is the People's Community Coop, which is a local Community owned grocer. We never eat purina!

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