APSCA is now saying that pet parents can rest easy about the safety of our pet food based on the fact that UC Davis has tested three cans of cat food and they all have tested negative for acetaminophen.
ASPCA experts have kept close contact with veterinary toxicologists at the University of California (Davis), who conducted independent tests on cat foods to analyze for this contaminant. Based on their negative findingsâ€•which support those of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), as reported in the pressâ€•we believe that fears of widespread acetaminophen contamination are unfounded.
â€œA few weeks ago, we received three cans of cat food supplied for testing by an individual pet owner,” says Dr. Robert H. Poppenga, a board-certified veterinary toxicologist running the Toxicology Section of the California Animal Health and Food Safety System at UC Davisâ€™ School of Veterinary Medicine. “We were told that this was the same food that had tested positive for acetaminophen and cyanuric acid at a private laboratory in Texas. We immediately began conducting our own rigorous tests on these foods, and all the samples came back negative for this type of contamination.”
More on ASPCA’s findings after the jump.
Adds the ASPCA’s Dr. Steven Hansen, a board-certified veterinary toxicologist and Senior Vice President, ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center, â€œThe bottom line is that neither did the FDAâ€™s tests confirm the presence of acetaminophen, nor did those conducted by UC-Davisâ€”nor has the APCC managed any clinical cases to date. As a result, we want to reassure the public that, based on this information, we believe any fear of acetaminophen contamination in pet food is unfounded, and pet parents should rest easy on that account.â€
We will continue to monitor developments in the Menu Foods recall situation and related information, and will provide regular updates and advice for pet parents at our Pet Food Recall Resource Center.