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    Talk about disturbing!!!! A friend of mine passed this on to me so I thought I would share...Seems there is one more thing to watch out for in our pet's food....

    Texas lab finds pain medicine in pet food

    By Karen Roebuck
    Tuesday, June 5, 2007

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is investigating a Texas laboratory's finding of acetaminophen in dog and cat food, an agency spokesman said Monday.
    "We're very interested in being able to test these samples ourselves to determine the levels of those contaminants," said FDA spokesman Doug Arbesfeld. "What's significant is these things are there. They don't belong there."

    The pain medication is the fifth contaminant found in pet foods during the past 2 1/2 months and can be toxic or lethal to pets, especially cats. It is not known if any animals became sick with acetaminophen poisoning, or died from it.

    "We were looking for cyanuric acid and melamine, and the acetaminophen just popped up," Donna Coneley, lab operations manager for ExperTox Inc. in Deer Park, Texas, told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review yesterday. "It definitely was a surprise to find that in several samples."

    At least five dog and cat food samples submitted by worried pet owners and pet food manufacturers contained varying levels of the pain reliever, she said. Only the food, not individual ingredients, were tested.
    The medication was found most often with cyanuric acid, a chemical used in pool chlorination, Coneley said. Varying levels of melamine, a chemical used to make plastics, also were found among the hundreds of samples ExperTox tested, she said.

    The contaminants were found in foods that are not among the more than 150 brands recalled since March 16, Coneley said. The highest level of acetaminophen was found in a dog food sample submitted by a manufacturer, she said. Coneley declined to identify the company but said its officials were given the results "well over a month ago."

    That company should have -- but did not -- notify the FDA, which first learned of the acetaminophen findings after pet owners posted lab reports on the Internet, Arbesfeld said.

    "With any poison, it's the amount that matters." said Dr. Wilson Rumbeiha, a Michigan State University pathologist who is working with the FDA on the pet food contamination investigation. His lab has screened for acetaminophen but found none, he said.

    The highest level of acetaminophen found by the Texas lab -- 2 milligrams per gram of dog food -- is a large amount, Rumbeiha said. That is eight times what a 10-pound cat could safely consume, he said.

    However, a 20-pound dog would have to eat more than 6.5 pounds of food in 24 hours to be poisoned, unless it ate the same contaminated food daily, Rumbeiha said.

    A still-unmeasured amount of acetaminophen and cyanuric acid were found in cat food submitted by Don Earl, 52, of Port Townsend, Wash., whose 6-year-old cat, Chuckles, died in January.

    He said he was suspicious of two flavors of Chuckles' Pet Pride food because his other two cats refused to eat it and because Chuckles, strictly an indoor girl, had been healthy.

    Karen Roebuck can be reached at or (412) 320-7939
    "Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole." --Roger Caras

  • #2
    So which food(s) is being tested? Is it a "brand-name" (like Purina or Pedigree) or a store brand food (like a local grocery store or dollar store)? And is it dry or wet or both?


    • #3
      I'm not sure...haven't found any brand names.

      The original message was sent to me as this link:

      But I wasn't able to open the link or find the story so she copy & pasted it and resent it. Maybe the link would work for someone else??? Dunno...
      "Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole." --Roger Caras


      • #4
        I couldn't find it on that link either but I was able to find it a different way (too long to explain how though).

        I did a google search on it but just ended up back at the FDA website with the list of all recalled foods for some reason or another since the initial March recall.

        I was going to cut and paste the list but it's LONG!!! lol You can find it in alphabetical order here though.

        Anyway--I assume she's talking about Pets Pride food here, maybe just 5 different varieties of it??


        • #5
          Just went googling and found this:

          If I find anything more I will post.

          Here is another one:

          None of these are official recalls. These are from
          members of message boards and blogs, so I cannot
          verify that any of it is true, but I have no reason
          not to believe it, in view of how the first recalls
          were handled.