Pet Food Poisoning

Pet Food Lawyers in Massachusetts and Rhode Island

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions About Pet Food Recall, Pet Care, and Regulation of Pet Food

The Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) continue their comprehensive investigation of pet food contaminated with melamine and melamine-related compounds. (Melamine is an industrial chemical that has no approved use as an ingredient in animal or human food in the United States.) For the FDA’s answers to frequently asked questions about pet food recall, pat care and regulation of pet food click here.


FDA Announcements About Pet Food Recalls

June 18, 2010 – Natural Balance Pet Foods
Natural Balance Pet Foods, Inc., of Pacoima, CA, announces a voluntary recall of Natural Balance Sweet Potato & Chicken Dry Dog Food with the “Best By” date of June 17, 2011, in 5-lb. and 28-lb. bags because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. Learn more…

June 9, 2010 – Procter & Gamble
The Procter & Gamble Company (P&G) (NYSE:PG) is voluntarily recalling specific lots of its Iams canned cat food in North America as a precautionary measure. Diagnostic testing indicated that the product may contain insufficient levels of thiamine (Vitamin B1), which is essential for cats. Cats that were fed these canned products as their only food are at greater risk for developing signs of thiamine deficiency. Learn more…

November 27, 2009 – Diamond Pet Foods
On September 23, Diamond Pet Foods issued a voluntary recall for Premium Edge Finicky Adult Cat and Premium Edge Hairball cat because they have the potential to produce Thiamine Deficiency. Thiamine is essential for cats. Symptoms of deficiency displayed by an affected cat can be gastrointestinal or neurological in nature. At the first stage the cat may show decreased appetite, salivation, vomiting, and weight loss. Later, neurologic signs can develop, which may include ventriflexion (bending towards the floor) of the neck, wobbly walking, circling, falling, and seizures. These ultimately may result in the death of the animal if left untreated. If your cat has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian. Learn more…

March 17, 2007 – Menu Foods
Menu Foods, a Canadian-based pet food manufacturer, recalled pet food which could cause kidney failure and death in some dogs and cats. There are nearly 40 brands sold in the United States. Some of the brands include Iams, Paws, Americas Choice Preferred Pets, Authority, Companion and many others. Learn more…

December 20, 2005 – Diamond Pet Food
Diamond Pet Food discovered aflatoxin in a product manufactured at their facility in Gaston, South Carolina. Aflatoxin is a naturally occurring toxic chemical by-product from the growth of the fungus Aspergillus flavus, on corn and other crops. Learn more..


FDA Investigation

December 30, 2005 – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) conducted an investigation into the deaths and illnesses of dogs that consumed pet food contaminated with a potent toxin called aflatoxin. At the time the FDA was aware of 23 dogs that had died and another 18 dogs that had become ill. The pet food was made by Diamond Pet Food at its Gaston, South Carolina facility. Customers who purchased the recalled Diamond Pet Food manufactured in the South Carolina plant were advised to immediately stop using it and return any remaining product to their retailer.

Aflatoxin comes from a fungus found on corn and other crops and can cause severe liver damage in pets. Consumers are urged to contact their veterinarian if their pets exhibit any of the following symptoms.

Symptoms Which May Indicate Aflatoxin Consumption

  • Sluggishness
  • Loss of appetite
  • Jaundice (yellow whites of the eyes, gums, belly)
  • Severe, persistent vomiting combined with bloody diarrhea
  • Fever

1/23/08 – Pet Food Recall UPDATE
Per the Multi District Litigation Panel (MDL), to ensure the efficient management and coordination of all cases pending in the U.S.,the Pet Food recall cases from around the country, including our cases, have been transferred to the State of New Jersey for purposes of discovery and motions.The court has selected a group of attorneys to represent all of the cases from around the cases in New Jersey who will proceed with the litigation on behalf of all the persons who have claims. If, after discovery is complete a settlement is not reached the cases will be transferred back to Massachusetts for trial.
See: http://classactiondefense.jmbm.com/petfoodclassactiondefense_mdl.pdf


Additional information on various products being recalled can be found on the FDA’s website:
FDA Recalls, Market Withdrawals, & Safety Alerts

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