Pet Food Recall Lawsuit Information

Modified on 2009/10/14 21:35 by admin
Updated April 27, 2007

More Pet Food Recalls

Yesterday, Chenango Valley Pet Foods announced they were voluntarily recalling several of its products that may have been contaminated with melamine, the industrial chemical used to make plastics and fertilizers.  Apparently, this chemical may have found its way into the rice protein concentrate that is used to process these pet foods. If consumed by animals, it may lead to illness or death.  Customers in Wisconsin, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania were shipped these products and then sold the products to their customers through catalog mail orders or retail outlets.

The dry pet foods involved in the recall are as follows:

• Lick Your Chops Lamb Meal, Rice & Egg Cat Food in 4 pound packages with a code date best used by April 29, 2008. 

• Bulk Chicken & Brown Rice Formula Adult Lite Dog Food sold to one consignee, SmartPak, in a 2,000-pound tote with a ship date of Feb. 9, 2007.

• Doctors Foster & Smith Chicken & Brown Rice Formula Adult Lite Dog Food, sold in containers with net weights of 5, 12.5 and 25 pounds noting code dates best used by Jan. 24, 2009, Feb. 8, 2009, Feb. 26, 2009, April 10, 2009, and April 17, 2009.

• Doctors Foster & Smith Chicken & Brown Rice Formula Adult Lite Cat Food; sold in containers with net weights of 3 and 7 pounds noting a code date of best used by March 13, 2009.

To add to the concerns of poisons invading our pets' foods, the US FDA stated Tuesday that US health officials are looking into the possibility that humans may have also consumed food containing the chemical linked to the pet recall.  Inspection of six grain products used in foods from baby formula to bread will be conducted for traces of the melamine.  Add to that  6,000 hogs in at least seven states that may have consumed the contaminated pet food or pet food byproducts.  Those hogs are slated to be euthanized, said the FDA, in order to ensure that they do not get to our human food supply. 

Updated April 5, 2007

Dog Biscuits added to Menu Foods Pet Food Recall

This afternoon, the FDA announced that another pet food product was found to contain contaminated wheat gluten which may be deadly to pets. The contamination was found in dog biscuits made by Sunshine Mills in Alabama. 

Stephen Sundlof, director of the FDA's Center for Veterinary Medicine, said that only 16 pet deaths had been "confirmed" across the country as a result of the contaminated recalled pet food products. However, InjuryBoard has received inquiries from hundreds of pet owners who've lost or hospitalized otherwise healthy animals that consuming the recalled products, and the website has reports of over 3000 pet deaths which remain unconfirmed by government resources.

Menu Foods cat food, dog food products, Del Monte, Hill's Prescription Diet, Purina, and Sunshine Mills have expanded their recalls to include additional products in addition to the list below. Please continue to check manufacturers' websites for up to date information.

Updated March 30, 2007

Melamine found in Pet Food Ingredient

After conducting extensive laboratory research into the composition of the ingredients used by Canadian based Menu Foods to manufacture a number of popular pet foods, US officials recently announced the detection of Melamine in a wheat gluten ingredient imported from China. See CNN's report on the pet food recall investigation.

Melamine is a fertilizer component marketed throughout Asian countries which somehow made it's way into the wheat gluten used by Menu Foods in the manufacture of dog and cat foods. In the US it is prohibited in pet foods, but with yet unquantified side effects.

FDA officials were quick to point out that the mere presence of such a chemical in tainted pet foods does not automatically implicate it as the culprit in what some are calling an epidemic of pet fatalities. (  Visit the FDA Pet Food Advisory )

Said Stephen Sundlof, director of the U.S. FDA's Center for Veterinary Medicine, "The association between the melamine in the kidneys and urine of cats that died and the melamine in the food they consumed is undeniable." (Reuters)

After receiving numerous complaints from pet owners whose dogs and cats were ill (or had died), Canadian pet food manufacturer Menu Foods issued a recall notice on March 16, 2007 for over 60 million containers of its products. As of last count, 53 brands of dog food and 42 brands of cat food are affected. So far, the recall involves only wet or "cuts and gravy" style foods, as well as pouched pet food. It does not involve dry foods.

Currently recalled pet foods are listed in the links below, and include many well known name brands (such as Iams, Eukanuba and Nutro). Also involved in the recall are numerous private label brands sold through grocery chains and general retailers such as Wal-Mart, Kroger and Safeway. The foods were produced between December 3, 2006 and March 6, 2007. To inquire about a specific product, visit the FDA Pet Food Recall site.

The problem may be linked to contaminated wheat gluten in the food, and has resulted in chronic kidney failure among numerous pets. Pet owners should be alert to symptoms such as excessive thirst, vomiting, lethargic behavior and loss of appetite. They are also urged to report any adverse reactions of their pets to their state’s Food and Drug Administration office.

The illness or loss of a pet can be quite trying, and often results in financial loss as well. Fortunately, laws exist that permit compensation for such loss. These vary from state to state, and questions about them should be addressed to a knowledgeable attorney.

InjuryBoard law firms are reviewing pet death and injury claims resulted from the contaminated food. If your cat or dog suddenly became ill or died as a result of ingesting one of the above named or other recalled products, we urge you to contact an attorney using InjuryBoard's on-line questionnaire. As with most human injury claims, time is critical. Contact an attorney today to protect your rights.

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