Itchmo On the Air Tonight (4/4) at 9pm Pacific

We’ll be on KIRO 710 Newsradio tonight at 9pm Pacific time to discuss the systemic failure of the pet food industry to protect our pets and how we can stop it from happening again. Christie Keith from Pet Connection will also be joining by phone.

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9 Responses to “Itchmo On the Air Tonight (4/4) at 9pm Pacific”

  1. Pet Connection Blog » Pet-food recall: Sen. Durbin to hold media conference, set hearing says:

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  2. Steve says:

    Way to go!

    Tell it like it is.

  3. susanUnPC says:

    Awesome! You’ll be great because you have such solid knowledge … I passed this on to my buddies.

    FYI, my daughter sent me a link to a forum at an Orlando, Florida newspapers yesterday — there were 50+ comments from confused pet owners who had no clue what to feed their pets, and some tragic stories.

    There is a HUGE knowledge gap between those few who’ve been focused on this problem via great blogs like yours and the vast majority of pet owners. Which I find distressing … but then most people don’t know about these blogs that are doing such a great job of keeping us posted.

    You and Christie will be probably talking to a lot of people who don’t have the facts yet.

  4. Steve says:

    Here guys. Here’s some additional ammo.

    Chicago, Ill. An Interview with Jay Edelson of Blim & Edelson, LLC in Chicago: Edelson filed the first potential class action lawsuit against Menu Foods.

    Pet owners across North America are suing Menu Foods, a Canadian pet-food manufacturing company which allegedly caused acute kidney failure in pets. So far at least 16 animals have died and the numbers are growing.

    This could turn out to be one of the largest consumer-product recalls ever: so far more than six class-action lawsuits have been filed against Menu Foods from dog and cat lovers in Canada and the U.S. The first complaint was filed March 20, 2007 by Chicago law firm Blim and Edelson. Menu Foods has stated that it intends to reimburse pet owner vet bills but lawyer Jay Edelson is skeptical. “We haven’t heard that [Menu Foods] will cut a check to anyone and that is not all that my clients are looking for,” says Edelson. Many owners want to be compensated for emotional distress and veterinary bills and one woman wants to be reimbursed $850 she paid for her puppy: Rocky, her Chihuahua, was three months old when he died from kidney failure after eating the tainted food.

    “First of all, we need a public accounting of what Menu Foods knew and when they knew it,” Edelson adds. “Our clients want to know why this happened and they want to make sure that it won’t happen again.”

    To date, Blim and Edelson has received thousands of phone calls and Emails from furious pet owners, most of them complaining that their pets died after eating the tainted food. “I have personally spoken to more than 50 people,” says Edelson. “It is heartbreaking; I’ve heard from disabled people who relied on their pets and blame themselves for poisoning their companions. I’ve heard from parents that have had to explain the death of the family pet to their children.”

    Also worrisome is that so many different brands of pet food came from one maker. Although Menu Foods claims there are different recipes, it appears that they use the same ingredients - variations of the same formula. And the labels on Iams, Eukanuba or President’s Choice - just to name a few brands that were recalled - do not say on their label that Menu foods actually made the food. “The information is confusing and we don’t thik the original recall was complete,” says Edelson. “It seems that every day, another new food is added to the recall and based on the information we are getting, there is still contaminated food out there that hasn’t been recalled.”

    Alarming news indeed. And we still don’t know what caused the tainted food. So far labs have found traces of melamine and rat poison. “My personal belief is that there is more than one cause,” says Edelson. “The problem is that Menu Foods is ‘keeping its card close to its vest’ and in so doing, the manufacturer is doing a disservice to the North American public.” Sadly, Edelson believes there will likely be many more dog and cat deaths in the coming weeks.

    Where do you see this class action lawsuit heading?
    Jay Edleson (JE): That depends on Menu Foods reaction. The manufacturer has to make a full accounting and open themselves up to scrutiny. I don’t think our lawsuits will go away until that happens.

    What do you expect in terms of damages?
    It is too early to tell until we understand the full scope of the problem

    How can someone get involved in your class action lawsuit?
    We have been overwhelmed with calls so we set up a hotline number: 877-773-5461. You can also visit our website:

    It isn’t just our firm that is involved - we are part of a coalition of a dozen firms around the country, working with public interest groups and a large number of experts, obtaining information. It is a team effort.

    Is the FDA doing their job?
    We are focused on prosecuting this case and it is beyond the scope of what we are doing to worry if government agencies are acting properly.

    Do you think this case will eventually change pet food regulations?
    I think that is inevitable at this point. There is so much public pressure being put on lawmakers across the country and in some ways the law really is out of touch with reality regarding the issues of how pets are viewed and how they are valued.

  5. Steve says:

    A class action is what will hit a corporate giant where it hurts.

  6. catspajamas says:

    Well done! Well done!

  7. Formerly Sweet says:

    Great show tonite. If anything I only wish it could have been longer. Thank you for all your work!!!!!!

  8. purringfur says:

    I did not hear the airing, but thank you, itchmo, for going on air and helping to get the word out on this mess! The site has been highly informative, and it’s one of the sites I rely on for updates.

  9. Evy says:

    THANKS for posting this mp3.

    I am through the entire show yet, but I can see if I can get you the information about how many plants are used to source meat.

    I am thinking there are quite a few, since keeping the meat and/or poultry from going rancid (even if trucked in ‘reefers’ refrigerated trucks) is a concern.

    When I track that down I’ll get the information to you k?

    Excellent show so far - and if you need to access any other info,etc. you know where I am !

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