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03.23.07

Rat Poison Found in Recalled Pet Food

     Rat poison has now been found in the recalled pet food blamed for the deaths of 16 cats and dogs nationwide. Newschannel10 has been tracking the story for you since the food was recalled a week ago. Newschannel10's Tina Berasley brings us the latest information.

  The poison has been identified as aminopterin...a drug used to kill rats in other countries, but it is not legal for that use here at home. The drug was found in tested cat food samples, according to Cornell University. As well as a rat poison it is also used as a cancer drug because it inhibits the growth of cells. The drug can also suppress the immune system in humans, all potentially dangerous effects if eaten by your pet.

   Veterinarian Dr. Wick Culp says "Since its illegal in the U.S. we're not completely sure how it is used as a rodentacide. We know that it does cause anemia plus kidney failure so probably the same thing that we see in our dogs and cats probably thats the way it kills rats". Officials say they have no idea how the drug got into the pet food, but they are now investigating the source of the poison.


   The pet deaths led to a recall of 60 million cans and pouches of pet food produced by menu foods and sold throughout the country under nearly 100 brand names. Newschannel10 has spoken with several pet owners who believe their animals died after eating the food. 

   If you think your pet has eaten some of the contaminated food call the menu foods hotline at (866) 463-6738 or click here for the link of contaminated foods.

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