By Christie Keith
March 27, 2007
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Some news – and a caution – from the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center, which has seen a huge increase in call volume since the Menu pet food recall was announced. The ASPCAâ€™s veterinary toxicologists “have been carefully analyzing data from these calls,” and are drawing some troubling conclusions:
Today the ASPCA reports that, based on these data, clinical signs reported in cats affected by the contaminated foods are not fully consistent with the ingestion of rat poison containing aminopterin that, according to Menu Foods, is at the â€œrootâ€ of the contamination issue.
â€œWeâ€™ve seen reports coming in from all around the country that animals that were eating the contaminated foods are definitely suffering from renal failure,â€ said Dr. Steven Hansen, veterinary toxicologist and senior vice president with the ASPCA, who manages the ASPCAâ€™s Midwest Office, including the APCC. â€œBut the data that weâ€™ve been collecting do not conclusively prove this connection, which is why we strongly recommend that those involved in the investigation continue to search for additional contaminants.â€
The full release is here.
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