Lab Reports Acetaminophen, Melamine In Special Kitty Cat Food

Expertox, a Texas lab, tested various unopened, original pouches of Special Kitty cat food. The lab reported that the pouches tested positive for acetaminophen and melamine.

The pouches had been saved by a pet owner from the pre-pet food recall announcement period.

The tested composite was made up of: Special Kitty “with beef and gravy” Lot DEC 09 09 13:53, Special Kitty “mixed grill in gravy” Lot DEC 07 08 01:39, and Special Kitty “with turkey & giblets in gravy” Lot DEC 08 08 13:47.

Here is Expertox’s lab report.

35 Responses to “Lab Reports Acetaminophen, Melamine In Special Kitty Cat Food”

  1. Carol says:

    I have 14 more packets-I only sent 3 — waiting to see how this lab report can be “dismissed”! The food was sent unopened in factory sealed packets!!! Somebody has alot of explaining to do to me and my 2 cats -Smudge and Jessica–and everyone else who was and is affected!!!

  2. straybaby says:

    sadly Carol, i’m waiting to see how they dismiss it also. so far, every thing’s the consumers fault or the lab is just plain wrong. and on those special occasions, both apply!

    *shakes head*

  3. Catlady says:

    These were samples of food that were actually recalled and it was known that the “wheat gluten” had been used in it, so it really is no surprise that they tested positive. I don’t think that can be dismissed. It serves as a confirmation for the pet owner that the food harmed their pet, but I’m not sure what else. The dismissals have come on food that was not recalled and tested negative, but that owners were of the impression that they caused illness. That seems to be a more difficult situation in which to determine the truth.

  4. Carol says:

    I think this shows there is something other than the melamine/ cyranuric acid theory! Acetaminophen was not supposed to be in there! That’s is the news!!

  5. Carol says:

    And there goes the melamine laced wheat flour theory to explain all the acute renal failures!!!

  6. Ruth says:

    Catlady: not only did the unrecalled food caused illness but also caused pets to die. My pet died from suspected food. At this point all I have to go on is how my pet reacted to the food, Vet’s conclusion and blood tests. But when all said and done, that doesn’t bring back my pet. Or responsiblity from pet food company. And thats the saddest part of all…..that pets may still be affected today due to unrecall pet food.

  7. Don Earl says:

    Yes, it IS significant that acetaminophen was found in recalled pet food. To date, all the other known acetaminophen positive samples involved pet food that was not part of the recall.

    It’s a smoking gun covered with fingerprints, and another key piece of evidence exposing the melamine hoax for the cover up that it is.

  8. Trudy Jackson says:

    I have a packet of the Special Kitty with turkey and giblets in gravy. But Mine says- Dec, 18-09

  9. Lynn says:


  10. Trudy Jackson says:

    I don’t buy anything from China. I had this in the freezer. Just in case. Boycott china!

  11. Carol says:

    Trudy, the date on the beef and gravy was also 2008 not ‘09 like all my others and Don Earl is contacting the lab for correction-we know this will be scrutinized so accuracy is important.
    The important lesson here is—where is the cyanuric acid that is needed for the crystals to form and how did acetaminophen get in there! If there is melamine without the cyanuric acid—supposedly this would not cause renal failure! Hopefully this will lead into a complete investigation of what really is in the food that sickened our pets.

  12. shibadiva says:

    Do we know that the acetaminophen came from China? Or whether it was part of the melamine mix or separate?

  13. 5CatMom says:


    Bless you for saving that cat food.

    Looks like the FDA needs a new theory (or a new hoax).

  14. Carol says:

    I hope this opens up an investigation—I have sent emails to CNN, USA Today, Consumer Affairs and my local NBC station and to MenuFoods telling them to go and look at the test results for themselves!!—I think there is more to this than we are being told! I’m glad I have more in freezer so when the “dismissing” of these tests—we can do others!
    Although this is all too late for many of us here, I hope that this will prevent this happening again.

  15. Carol says:

    It was my vet that emphasized not to throw out the food or return it as we were told to do. I do wish the FDA took my food that I was trying to give them since March 17th! But I wonder what those tests would have shown (after watching the hearing yesterday—I have my doubts for their accuracy)

  16. Rocky says:

    Give us your toxins, your poisons.
    Your dishonest corporations yearing for more profits.
    The tainted refuse of your teaming shores.

    Send these, the contaminated and the recalled to us.
    Our government is so STUPID - they’ll never figure it out.
    I lift my lamp and expose the FDA.

  17. Skittles says:

    Oh, I think they know what’s going on. Sometimes while watching the hearings I want to scream at them….”Well F****** DO something! Thats Frickin for the slang sensitive ears. LOL All I see is Blah, Blah, Blah. Talk and no walk. It’s frustrating.

  18. purringfur says:

    There are just


    P-H-A-R-M-A-C-E-U-T-I-C-A-L I-N-D-U-S-T-R-Y and




    What do we look to when two drugs (to date) have been found???

    1. drug disposal services? (called “reverse distributors” which are registered with the DEA). I just Googled this… many EPA fines issued to hospitals for improper pharmaceutical waste regulatory violations.

    Reverse distributors are taking expired, recalled, returned drugs from drug manufacturers and pharmacies to incinerator plants that generate steam/energy - nothing goes to waste!

    Is anyone trying to cut costs by using “non-registered” drug disposal services or no service at all?

    “Pharma Companies Turning Meds Into Energy” - July 2007

    2. drug recalls, drug returns, expired drugs, bad batches

    3. pharmaceutical manufacturers

    I think we need to look right here in the U.S.A. for the truth.


    AMINOPTERIN: found by NY State Food and Agricultural Lab, Albany, NY & the University of Guelph, Canada (around March 23, 2007)

    ACETAMINOPHEN - found by Expertox in more than one sample

    Don Earl’s tests blew the FDA’s “Melamine-from-China-Killed-the-Pets” farce out of the water: No melamine, but there WAS acetaminophen!

    The two drugs FOUND SO FAR should not be any where near pet food, so why are they in there?

    The FDA’s announcement of melamine came immediately after aminopterin was found by our own lab that is part of Homeland Security to monitor the safety of human food and animal feed!

    No one can tell me that this lab was wrong!

    Look to pharmaceuticals… That’s the key. Whether the drugs were made in China for a U.S. company or whether the drugs were here and put into the food, there is a coverup for a company with a lot of clout.
    New Government Drug Disposal Policy - February 2007


    Drug Disposal:

    Information for Facilities

    Controlled Substances and Stock Pharmaceuticals
    Methods for disposal of controlled substances and stock pharmaceuticals from practitioners, clinics, pharmacies and other licensed facilities:

    1. Write DEA for permission to destroy.

    DEA form 41 must be completed prior to disposing of any DEA controlled substance
    Dispose in accordance with applicable state and federal regulation
    2. Contact Registered Pharmaceutical disposer

    3. Check these links for more information

    Practioner’s Manual
    New Mexico Administrative Code *

    Prescription Medication, Over-the-Counter (OTC) Medication

    Reverse distributor
    Incineration: Inventory of medications destroyed must be kept three years.
    Shredder: Inventory of medications destroyed must be kept three years.
    Return to manufacturer: Inventory of medications returned must be kept three years.
    For hazardous substances† †

    Does the public have access to records of destroyed drugs? Records must be kept by the facility for three years…

  19. Nora and Rufus says:

    “Key piece of Evidence” YES!!!!!!!!! That is what is needed. YES YES YES! Hit em high, hit em low. So sick and sad that something
    labeled “Special Kitty” caused so much pain,suffering and death and then with the greiving to deal with forever. And PurringFur….your take on this is EXACTLY what I was trying to conjure up in my mind and you have executed it BRILLIANTLY!!! And Don Earl, you are a good and steadfast man.

  20. 5CatMom says:

    I called one of those companies that had a recall last year. The company hired a company, that hired a company, to handle the recall.

    So there’s no telling where the stuff wound up.

    The company was Perrigo, and the recalled over-the-counter drug was acetaminophen.

  21. Sandi says:

    Im wondering if anyone knows if they tested for cyanuric acid also? Thanks

  22. Carol says:

    There was no cyanuric acid in the samples that were sent in–the report states that. That is just as important as the aminopterin being found. They had said the melamine and cyanuric acid mixrd is what caused the kidney cyrstals to cause renal failure so how did my cats get sick when no cyanuric acid was found? If that is the theory!

  23. Don Earl says:

    Actually, there is no clear scientific evidence to support the theory that melamine and cyanuric acid combined could cause what happened. The resulting crystals would still be only slightly more toxic than common table salt.

    An easy way to visualize the situation is if you found a tenth of a teaspoon of salt in a can of pet food, and the pet died after eating the food, would you assume the pet died from salt? Or that some other, far more toxic substance was involved?

    That’s been the situation all along. The substances passed off as being the cause of illness and death, couldn’t possibly have been responsible because they aren’t toxic enough to cause illness and death.

  24. Carol says:

    It seems like we “de-bunked” that theory (melamine/cyanuric acid)!!! This latest testing better bring about some more answers as I now have many more questions.
    At least the packets were unopened, recalled and made animals ill—this should be enough to get something rolling! I hope….

  25. Anonymous says:

    zactly what I thought/said all along. Melamine was a convenient scapegoat. can you spell coverup? how about payoff?

  26. Anonymous says:

    Must read article: Independent weekly What’s really in your food.

  27. Julina says:

    My dog died from eating Purina Pet Food bought at Pets Mart. She had always eaten ONLY Purina dry food and was a healthy indoor Lab Mix. The Vet was confused because the only thing being reported was that wet food had made the pets get renal failure and the her tests showed her liver was not operating, it was shutting down. She had jaundice and he suspected anemia. Her blood count was way off and something was killing her red blood cells. We did what we could put she was too far gone and had to be euthanized. This thing played out so horrible. It seems that the only ones who could have helped the Vets, were in the dark too. I know that high levels of acetominophen can cause liver damage. It says right on the box of most bottles anyone of us would pick up at the drugstore that it can cause liver damage. I know she died from eating the food. It was only a few days to a week after starting a new bag of food. She had thrown up a few times, was having some diarreah, which was not normal for her, ever. When I finally realized she was sick she was limping weak, had urinated blood and was having breathing problems when she was rushed to the Vet.
    She died in May, on 5-12-07, we buried her right before Mother’s Day. Her name was “Isis.” I hope and pray that her death was not in vain and not only will we get to the bottom of all of this but something will be done about it so that this will never have to happen to all of our children again.

    “Isis” My you rest in peace and know that we love you, you will never be forgotten.

  28. Anonymous says:

    IMO if you want to see them scramble start sending human food into be tested. I am thinking something common to both the pet food and human food. I think I hear the pitter patter now…..

  29. 5CatMom says:


    Good idea. Something like a can of Campbell’s Beef Broth (hydrolyzed wheat gluten) or Cream of Mushroom Soup (soy protein concentrate). I have a couple of old cans from last year that I’m saving.

    When I called Campbell’s, they said not to worry - their wheat gluten comes from the Netherlands, but they didn’t know if it was manufactured in the Netherlands, or just passed through.

    One of the initial reports from the FDA (before they decided the “gluten” came from ChemNutra) was that it may have come from the Netherlands.

  30. Ruth says:

    Julina: I am so sorry about your pet Isis, the same thing happened to my pet. I suspect that it was unrecalled dry food but not Purina but IAM’s.

    Her liver started to shut down and her red blood cells were damaged too. This happened days before the recalls and my Vet didn’t know what happened to her either. She just said it was poison. I don’t know what happened either.

    From websites I have read aminopterin and acetaminophen can cause liver damage and damage red blood cells, cause bloody stools, bloody urine, bloating jaundice, extreme pain and other symptoms

    So at this point its a toss up since both have been found in pet food.

    I remember when all this started that the FDA redacted a fifth ingredient and to this date I don’t know if they ever came clean with a clear answer.

    Does any one remember what it was? Maybe I miss it…..

  31. Concha Castaneda says:

    I think I remember that 30 % of acetometimphenm is manufactured in China. But…why is that? Why is it not cheaper to make it here in the US?

  32. Skittles says:

    5CatMom Those would work or how about wheat flour since that is what they say was the wheat gluten actually was. I believe that is what they said the rice protein also was. Do I have that right? Anyone? And actually you can buy wheat gluten next to the flour and baking items. Some put it in homemade bread.

  33. anonymous says:

    # Anonymous says:
    October 12th, 2007 at 4:06 pm

    IMO if you want to see them scramble start sending human food into be tested. I am thinking something common to both the pet food and human food. I think I hear the pitter patter now…..

    That is in the works now and this cover up by the FDA is going to be uncovered for the entire world to see. Journalists from across the pond are interested in spreading the story and already onboard.
    The other anonymous.

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  35. Denise says:

    I lost a cat in 2004 he got sick and I never knew why. I would bet that the food he ate was bad. It was a prescription food for over weight cats. I wished I would have never given it to him. I use eagle pack hollistic canned chicken for my dog. I also cook 1/2 of her food and I am thinking of cooking all of it. I don’t trust any of them. I would not buy from a big store. Go into a small specialty store and make sure there is no wheat,rice or glutens in the food. wheat and rice and gluttens are cheap fillers. we have to inform ourselves our goverment doesn’t seem to care. make calls to the company you choose to buy your food from. eagle Pack doesn’t use or keep wheat or gluttens on the property it is a cheap filler. Be carful and try to find products made in the USA. Big companies make millions and buy cheap ingredients from china and kill us and our pets and what it being done. I still see people buying menu foods and wal-mart food old yellar, old Roy and Iams its all menu food, science diet too. Be carful everyone.

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