EXCLUSIVE: Lab Reports Cyanuric Acid In Unrecalled Dry Food

UPDATE: The company that tested the food requested that we remove the image of the report from this post after being contacted by Proctor & Gamble, the parent company of Iams.

UPDATE 2: We received a call from an Iams spokesman. We have updated the story with their response.

UPDATE 3: We believe the bags in question are located in the Denver area.

ORIGINAL POST: Itchmo has learned that a toxicology test reported the presence of cyanuric acid in an opened bag of what is alleged to be Iams Large Breed dry dog food.

According to the report obtained by Itchmo, the results have been certified by a forensic toxicologist. We have obtained a copy of the toxicology report. Iams Large Breed does not list rice protein concentrate or wheat gluten as ingredients.

In response, Iams says they are “fully confident” that no cyanuric acid or melamine entered their products. They also defended their “exceptional response” to handling customer complaints. When asked if they were testing for melamine and cyanuric acid after the manufacture of their products, Iams said that they were “constantly improving their quality control processes.”

We cannot stress this point enough: This test was performed on a sample from an opened bag. We do not know if this is an isolated case of contamination before or after the sale, or if it is widespread.

This information requires verification and we are asking for your help.

Itchmo is asking you to find an unopened 20 lb. bag of Iams Large Breed dry dog food that matches the lot number: 260608 70574173 F4 US30940 with the expiration date of 6/26/08.

If you find an unopened bag, please email us at tips@itchmo.com and we will provide further instructions. If it’s the right bag, we will pay for the cost of the bag of food, shipping and testing. There will be no cost to you.

If an unopened bag is found and tested, we will release the results as soon as they become available regardless of the outcome.

451 Responses to “EXCLUSIVE: Lab Reports Cyanuric Acid In Unrecalled Dry Food”

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  1. Suzi says:

    menusux wrote:

    “Re: “Sharing”

    Until the company can “share” this information with me, I am unable to “share” my $ with them. What they’ve “shared” can be found on the Iams website under ingredients for each product. Perhaps if enough of them hear what we can’t “share” with them, they’ll be more willing to disclose information.”

    Exactly. I sent a reply saying I won’t be buying their products any more and suggested the re-think their policy of non-disclosure. Perhaps when their sales bottom out, they might reconsider.

  2. Sandi K says:

    DMS Says:

    DMS thats what I keep hoping for that someone who has quit or wants to be a “whistle-blower” will come forward.

  3. Moony says:

    *writes it down* Thanks Sandi!

  4. menusux says:

    “Janet Says:

    May 24th, 2007 at 5:53 pm
    menusux,
    “Unable to communicate with individual U.S. pet owners due to a United States federal court order”. What’s up with that?”

    Can’t find any news story about the order right now, but think it may have to do with one or more of the lawsuits filed against Menu–individual or class action. If we knew which district the order came from, we could try viewing the order online at the respective court’s website.

  5. straybaby says:

    does anyone remember who issued the order that they were not to destroy food because of the upcoming legal issues. this was back towards the begining. that may shed some light.

  6. Jo says:

    JODY: I second Gerry’s suggestion that you get Dr. Donald Strombeck’s book and read his chapter on diet and kidney disease. He is a 45-year small animal practitioner plus professor emeritis at Univ. of CA, Davis and very knowledgeable in gastroenterology. It is odd for a vet — particularly of his stature — to recommend home prepared diets for cats and dogs, and be so open about the horrors of commercial pet foods and the industry. I’m sue he took a lot of heat for his book, which I think is excellent. The kidney disease diets are extremely simple and easy to prepare. I would get your dog on one of these recipes immediately.

  7. Beth says:

    Re: Colgate Palmolive toothpaste
    I have used Colgate toothpaste probably most of my life–probably exclusively in the last 5 years.
    I have not had a cavity in my mouth in 15 years. I brush and floss more than the average person, I would say.
    I went to the dentist for my “yearly” cleaning/checkup.
    I had 35 cavaties. (I sat in the dentist’s chair and just cried!) The dentist made impressions of my teeth and I use gel-flouride treatments twice a day. Less than two months have gone by since I had all these teeth filled—-and….
    The dental floss is hanging up on my teeth and when I run my fingernail down the tooth there IS a pit which I am saying IS decay.
    Hearing about the toothpaste coming from China, I now wonder could it be the toothpaste? My oral hygiene and diet has been consistent.
    I’d be curious to know if anyone else is having any dental iproblems with using Colgate?

  8. Chuck says:

    Let’s reveiw some observation facts:

    1. How long has this recall stuff been going on already, very long, right?

    2. Practically every day people have been given constant reliable information on this wesite, which is very conclusive that the pet food companies are not safe and not to be trusted. see #8.

    3. Yet, a lot of people are still questioning every single selection, treats, whatever, manufactured by brand companies that have put on the recall list to find out if they are safe to feed their pets.

    4. The majority of people claim that they have learned not to trust the pet food companies and FDA for all the obvious reasons, and their comments saying so are repeated over and over again with good reason.

    5. Yet, most or some people are still questioning the safety of every single selection and treats from those brand companies that are on the recall list. (sounds familiar with #3, doesn’t it?)

    6. And they still want to know exactly what is in those brands that is “proprietary information.” (not including the people who had pet losses)

    7. see #2 …constant reliable information, and see #3 and #5.

    8. More than contamination has been exposed about the pet foods.

    9. Yet it seems to me that some people are looking for reasons to trust the companies again since they want to know if those same companies still carry safe foods. see #3 and #5 and #8.

    10. It’s quite clear to most people that the pet food companies’ goal is only to increase their wealth, and that has been repeated over and over again with good reason.

    If my points from 1 through 10 has made anybody’s head spin, then that is to be expected. These facts have been making my head spin.

    1. What does it take for some people to understand that with all the verified facts given, that those companies are not safe no matter what they produce?

    2. How long and what does it take for some people to understand that the companies are not interested in the well-being of pets?

  9. Lorie says:

    Not sure if any one posted this or not but symptoms in humans is also labored breathing, stomach pain, and like I posted earlier convulsions. Just google Cyuaric acid symptoms and these things appear. Aslo cancer in long term exposure

  10. cayty says:

    I sure wish accutrace would/could publish a list of all pet foods it has tested and the results.

    I also wish their fee for testing were more affordable. Someone on a limited income just cannot afford that much $ for a test. The brand(s) I have been feeding are NOT from any company involved in a recall…but even so, I’d sure feel better to know for sure that it’s all safe. Ah well.

  11. Jay says:

    This excerpt from Dolittler (March 20, 2007)

    t = 0 days (Feb 20): When the first cases were reported. [Canadian press story mentions some knowledge of a problem in mid-December - Jay]

    t = 7 days (Feb 27): When Menu Foods started testing.
    t = 7-18 days: When their test cases were dying (one in six we now know).

    t = 25 days (Friday, March 16): When they finally issued the recall.

    Nearly a month has gone by. I’d have expected a lot more action from the huge conglomerates affected in this disaster. As if waiting a full ten days before an announcement isn’t horrific enough, delivering the news on the cusp of a sleepy weekend is the height of hubris. It’s a parting-shot insult that serves as much-deserved death knell for their collective brand equity.

    end of Dolittler excerpt:

    For all the talk of China, etc., let’s return to some flat out villainy as demonstrated above: Menu Foods and this delay that cost so many.

    Reminder #1: Menu Foods manufactures Special Kitty: don’t buy it, tomorrow or anytime, as long as Wal-Mart contracts with Menu.

    Of course, if Wal-Mart changes supplier, it will undoubtedly be for a Chinese supplier — so check those labels!

    And thanks, Chuck, a good list

  12. Helen says:

    Has anyone had a pet eat DRY food and immediately die? Seems like immediate death is more common with the canned food, and longer wasting illness with the dry, based on reports I have been reading. If the dry food poisoning is slow, it is then harder to recognize, and therefore companies have been “getting away with” not recalling it. My cat’s dry food illness was slow in progression and she recovered when the food was removed. Anyone?

  13. pam says:

    i believe most animal guardians feel as i do…i will never trust the pet food companies again. the only well-being they care about is their stockholders.

  14. Helen says:

    Also, as I have been reading all this time, as months went by, newer bags seem to have been faster acting, e.g. pet ate bag bought in April and got sick quickly, vs. pet ate food from bag bought in January got sick more slowly. Are we just on alert to notice right away, or is the new food worse than food from earlier months. Anyone?

  15. Madison says:

    A 2 year old springer spaniel eating 50% Eukanuba Puppy and 50% Adult Lamb and Rice Blue Buffallo. Since January she was throwing up off and on. In early April there was blood in her urine. She was diagnosed with severe urinary tract infection with possible early renal failure.

    She was retested a week agi, the WBC and RWC counts are normal, however still some bacteria and struvite crystals.

    She was taken off the Blue Buffalo April 30th and was changed to Iam Lamb and Rice. I am worried about the Eukanuba and the Iams as well.

  16. Lorie says:

    I checked the Bloom by my house none of there 20 lbs green bags had the right number on them. Will check somewhere else tomorrow.

  17. furmom says:

    If I were a really cynical person, I might look at all these events and think, what would I do if I were heading up a pet food company and I had just found out there was some really bad contaminant that got in to many pet foods, but it was believed it wouldn’t actually kill many pets. Would I calculate the millions of dollars not just from recalls, but from certain future lost sales, and worse shareholders dumping my company’s stock, and then figure, well a few pets might get sick if they are already weak, but with so many different brands, people mixing and switching, whose really going to figure it out? Maybe if we just lay low, or recall a few limited runs, brands to make it look like we are preemptively doing something, most of this food will be through the line before people figure it out if ever. If there are complaints, sick pets, maybe a few deaths, we’ll just deny everything, deny there is a contaminant, deny we ever used it, deny we had knowledge of someone slipping it into the processing line, deny that there’s any more than a trace mix up, cross-contamination. Most pet owners, if they had a problem won’t have the feed or evidence left, won’t be able to prove it ever was in the food, won’t have a pet left to autopsy, or won’t even suspect it was the food, or won’t believe it could be the food. Now *if* after the fact we find out all this bad contaminant has a somewhat worse effect than we guessed, well that’s too bad, but we can’t expose our company to any liability. We’ll show we did the best we could not having any idea how pervasive this little problems was, or how bad it could be. And we will just keep assuring our buyers (and most of all our shareholders) that we are going to check everything. Which will be easy, because we know damn well what happened, so now we will just do it differently. And the corporate machine will continue to grind on. That’s what I would think if I were a really cynical person.

  18. ThursdayNoos » Cat Blogosphere says:

    […] Itchmo Safety Alert: EXCLUSIVE: Lab Reports Cyanuric Acid In Unrecalled Dry Food. Full Article: http://www.itchmo.com/read/lab....._20070524. Itchmo is asking "…if anyone has an unopened 20 lb. bag of Iams Large Breed drydog food […]

  19. anna_2007 says:

    I vote for a new word: ITCHMOSIS - the process of outing the most disgraceful crimes against pets and humans … Alternative usage: “I’m gonna Itchmo you crooks!”.

  20. Helen says:

    furmom: I must be a very cynical person. :{

  21. Lorie says:

    furmom

    I totally agree with you I said all along IMO FF Purina in general has been letting everyone else take the blame just lie in this case IAMS. Because you have to prove from what I understand that one food is the only one your cat or dog has in eaten in the last XYZ days, weeks months and that is hard to prove. And so many people like you say switch the foods up for variety it is hard to pin point the exact one taht caused it if they are not admitting to anything, the only reason I am 100% sure mine was the FF Elegant medley is because it is the only food both my cats eat in common they both eat a different dry, but both eat FF wet.

  22. Helen says:

    ITCHMOSIS! Anna_2007, you are a genius! I LOVE that!!!

  23. Moony says:

    furmom, you forgot to add in the ‘benefit’ of increased sales of prescription foods, and the reasoning that ‘it could be any number of things’ that caused the ill and dead pets.

  24. menusux says:

    Latest Re: Import Situation-

    http://www.wtopnews.com/index......id=1149695

    U.S. Asks China to Monitor Exports
    May 24, 2007 - 6:16pm Associated Press

    “U.S. officials asked their Chinese counterparts to increase oversight of food and drug exports Thursday as the list of potentially deadly products reaching U.S. shores kept growing.

    “The U.S. asked China to require exporters to register with the government, amid other measures meant to provide greater assurance of the safety of their products. The requests came amid ongoing problems with Chinese exports, including chemically spiked pet food ingredients and, as of Thursday, potentially poisonous toothpaste and toxic fish.

    “The Chinese understand very well that any nation that does not create an atmosphere of trust with consumers and customers, they will be disadvantaged quickly on the world market,” Health and Human Services Secretary Michael Leavitt told reporters.

    “A Chinese Embassy spokeswoman declined to comment other than to refer a reporter to previous statements made by government officials. Earlier this week, Vice Premier Wu Yi, in Washington for high-level economic talks, warned against politicizing economic and trade issues.

    “”Obviously, there is a problem in China. It keeps getting bigger and we keep seeing more problems in different realms,” said Chris Waldrop of the Consumer Federation of America.

    “On Thursday, even more potential problems were disclosed: The FDA said it was stopping all imports of Chinese toothpaste to test for a deadly chemical reportedly found in tubes sold elsewhere in the world. The testing will look for diethylene glycol, a chemical commonly used in antifreeze and brake fluid, spokesman Doug Arbesfeld said. The imports will be released only if they test negative for the chemical. The announcement came following reports that tainted Chinese toothpaste was sold in Australia, the Dominican Republic and Panama.

    “The FDA also announced an importer was recalling 282 22-pound boxes labeled as Chinese monkfish that it distributed to three states. Two Chicago-area people became ill after eating the fish, which FDA testing later revealed contained life-threatening levels of tetrodotoxin, a sometimes deadly toxin. Importer Hong Chang Corp., of Santa Fe Springs, Calif., believes the fish may actually be pufferfish, which can contain tetrodotoxin.

    “”There is a harsh reality here: When it comes to food, ‘Made in China’ is now a warning label in the United States,” said Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., who earlier this month exacted a promise from FDA commissioner Dr. Andrew von Eschenbach and Chinese Ambassador Zhou Wenzhong that they would work toward a mutual agreement to improve inspections and the overall safety of food products and drugs traded between the two nations.

    “When asked Thursday if consumers could trust the safety of food imported from China, von Eschenbach told The AP: “This is one area where we have an ongoing opportunity for continuous improvement and that’s what we are going to pursue.”

    “Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., chairwoman of the House Appropriations’ agriculture subcommittee, pledged to hold a hearing to examine Chinese imports.

    “”This is becoming a day-by-day event. We got monkfish _ poisonous pufferfish _ as just yet another example. And they’re investigating toxic toothpaste imported from China. This is truly out of control,” said DeLauro, who criticized the administration’s food and drug safety requests to the Chinese as nonbinding.”

  25. Amy says:

    Furmom - count me in the cynics as well…

  26. Sandi K says:

    Lorie Says:

    May 24th, 2007 at 6:31 pm
    Not sure if any one posted this or not but symptoms in humans is also labored breathing, stomach pain, and like I posted earlier convulsions. Just google Cyuaric acid symptoms and these things appear. Aslo cancer in long term exposure
    *************************

    Thanks for that info Lori, alot of these symptoms are what my kitty had before she died .thank you

  27. ann says:

    Sad to say that it was just a matter of time before the large conglomerate companies were found out

  28. Sandi K says:

    Amy Says:

    May 24th, 2007 at 7:05 pm
    Furmom - count me in the cynics as well…
    *************************************
    Amy, heck not only am I cynical, call me paranoid anymore. I have to admit I have gone as far as wondering if any of this is China citizens being paid by terrorists to do this, especially with human food being more and more involved too…..our cat died from eating recalled food and the only good thing now is I dont have to worry about what to feed a pet as Im not going to be getting another one for a long time. It was too heartbreaking to watch her die and I dont want to worry about it happening to another one, there is no way I could go thru that again and come out sane.

  29. Debbie4747 says:

    “A Chinese Embassy spokeswoman declined to comment other than to refer a reporter to previous statements made by government officials. Earlier this week, Vice Premier Wu Yi, in Washington for high-level economic talks, warned against politicizing economic and trade issues.

    ******

    Hmmmm…..is this a threat, of sorts? Fish, petfood, toothpaste, long history of other tainted or mislableled or foods and products such as baby formula missing necessary ingredients….all quite deadly….and they’re warning us? What will they do, stop sending us their crap?

  30. Donna says:

    re : FDA and prescription for my pet and refill from diif, store same fungus med -different generic co. I ha my dog on fungal wed bad yeast infection on skin was clearing up almost gone vet said refill to be sure is al gone I refilled different store was cheaper for same drug ( different generic ) I noticed it was a different color 4 days later I am right back where we started 6 weeks ago with infection ? I called store about different generic source and problem I was having ( I said I dont think this is ethier real med >as is not working as other generic did or do they use different stuff in generic co, that make (same med ) they said is FDA controlled so is exactly the same ,I said bull FDA doesnt care nor inspect anything ,os I am refilling at 1sr source of MED that was working ( fake drug is a real possibitly in my mind really a fast change could not be any where the same as 1st med took 42 pills to get almost healed 3 days on other generic and almost back to day 1 wont do it I hate the FDA they are killing us

  31. K Vance says:

    Last Fall Aug & part Sept. I started one of my Labs on Blue Buffalo for a health problem (paroxymal diskinesias sp?). I was told to get her on a “better” food. 3 weeks later she urinated in house which is very bizarre since she is paper trained as well as housetrained. She didn’t make it to the wee wee pad. 1st vet found pH problem in urine & put her on antibiotics even though no bacteria present. She seemed to get better. As soon as AB ran out she urinated again (not making it to the wee wee pad). I took her to a veterinary internist who did full blood workup and found crystals in urine and STRONGLY urged me to go back to the old food (sorry It was Pegdigree dry). With no other treatment (other than going back to Pedigree) the urinalysis came back normal in 2 weeks and she’s had no problems since.
    I contacted Blue Buffalo and they assured me it had nothing to do with their food. But no Blue Buffalo = no urinary crystals in my dog.
    The chemical makeup of the crystals was not determined at the time but I believe we likely saved her life.

  32. Lorie says:

    Sandy K,

    Sorry about your kitty, but at least now they symptoms make sense. : ( Which food was kitty eating I can’t remember. I think I am finally going to break down and send my FF away to be tested I have 20 cans of the crap.

    What toothpaste is suspect I use Colgate and saw it mention it that the brand

  33. elizabeth says:

    Does anyone know the key to the production codes Iams uses? For instance if my 40 pound green bag of large breed says Jan 2008 is there a way to tell when it was manufactured?

  34. slt says:

    Couldn’t you post the report but blur the lab’s info so they are not named - would that satisfy the sharks at Iams? Censorship!

  35. ann says:

    Since I switched from proplan to Innova dry for my dog, and NB Venison and Green Pea canned for my cat, I have not had any vomiting, urinating, excessive shedding, diarreah(dog) and vomiting, wheezing, excessive shedding and har chewing (cat) with either of them. They are the best they have ever been.

  36. Debbie4747 says:

    OMG! This talk about toothpaste got me to bring out an unused tube still in the box Crest tartar Protection Whitening Cool Mint Paste. It says: “Warnings-Keep out of reach of children under 6 years of age. If more than used for brushing is accidently swallowed, get medical help or call a Poison Control Center right away.”

    Sounds scarey to me. Doesn’t say where it’s made or where the ingredients come from.

  37. anna_2007 says:

    # straybaby Says:
    May 24th, 2007 at 4:24 pm

    Anonymous,

    where were you during 9/11? that may be another thing to look at if you were here. my apt got smoked out on the 13th. i came in later that night, so i don’t know how long my pets were breathing it, but i am concerned. especially since i lost one suddenly a year and a half ago. he, had blood coming out of the side of his mouth and the vet said possible embolism. i was too shaken to think clearly at the time, so i didn’t have a necropsy. a cough from a pet does raise my alarm bells now though.

    To Straybaby:
    I was front and center. All the rescue dogs have died, and the first ones to go, they sealed their autopsy reports. Found out re. one of them, he had 9 different cancers, very rare ones. Check for thyroid esp. All I can tell you is that the first few days were the worst of the worst exposures. Healthy athletic young men in service uniforms got heart attacks from breathing that. It was a toxic cocktail of over 900 deadly contaminants, some of the deadliest known, with particles finer than had ever been recorded in human history, and blew through all bodily defenses. If your pets were indoors, electricity off, was best (no circulating air), If you stayed, there’s a deadly organic mold that floated around Lower Manhattan (the blob), lots of buildings got it, which were recipients of 9too gross to talk about)… but this one reason why they brought down the BT building.

    UC Davis Dr. Cahill team that went down there (didn’t test for Depleted Uranium, stopped one Atomic Number short, darn)… but all symptoms began to look like Gulf War Syndrome, and in fact those veterans came down to help us… when they started hearing about it.

    The animals that first week 9/11 to 9/18 I can vouch for - we tried to take care of them since they were the only live things we found. We needed them as much as they needed us. The dogs just looked at us like “oh oh what have you humans gone and done now”. One just lay down and died right there. We IV’d cats and dogs - pets roaming around in shock… so many of my neighbors pets died soon after. The ground was saturated with crap, they were spraying for cholera for chrissakes down to Water street months afterwards. The dogs paws - they lick you know… we kept saying, get the children, pets and elderly the heck out of there, but the EPA refused to go along with speaking out…

    Collected some data re my neighbors who suffered from bleeding eyes, noses, pharyngeal sores, dental work falling out, hair falling out, skin rashes that were horrific, stomach and lung disorders, all the symptoms of radiation sickness - which UC DAvis said it could mimic, so many multiple toxic chemicals were involved. The cancers showed up early, 3-5 years, a lot of thyroid… of COURSE the press isn’t covering… the one UPI reporter I worked with was almost fired.

    Pets are small mammals, they go first. Humans can detox (like I did) because we sweat and the stored toxins can be gotten out of our cells through exercise and other agents, and then when they are dumped into the blood, using other agents to form large molecules to fool the liver to put them through the excrete cycle, rather than leaving in blood where they are quickly re-uptaked (to protect the CNS) and re-stored in tissues. Must be monitored and accompanied by sweating out (skin releases toxins quickly) or it can tax the liver and kidneys, but this is the best way to deep detox neurotoxins. Fur babies don’t sweat, so detoxing a pet is something for specialized holistic vets. Animals get some form of PTSD too, and that depresses their immune system.

    PS FWIW I called Kathleen Callahan - the EPA rep - Callahan the Taliban in a public November 2001 State Senate Hearing in LM - for finishing off what the terrorists started… there are names I do not forget…

  38. ann says:

    Its because of the flouride. Children under 6 are not supposed to have flouride

  39. Ruth says:

    To Itchmo, by P&G wanting you to remove the test result won’t change bloggers mind on IAM’s. I have had a feeling something has been wrong since my pet died. IAM’s can hide but can’t change how I feel.
    Shame on you IAM’s.

    On another note: I wrote Tyson foods concerning melamine in poultry. A response would be answered in 5 days. They didn’t waste any time, got and answer back today. I would laugh it off if I wasn’t so angry about this IAM’s test result. I will post it if any one wants to have a laugh.

    I also wrote Kellogg’s and Ceasar dog food. Finally got a B***S*** answer from them too.

  40. 5CatMom says:

    Beth,

    Funny you should mention Colgate toothpaste. I pulled out a new box of Colgate this morning and read on the box that it’s made in Mexico. Then I called Colgate and asked if any of the toothpaste ingredients come from China.

    The customer service representative didn’t know where their ingredients come from. She took my name and phone number, and said she’ll get the info and call me back.

    Also contacted Starkist Tuna and learned that my can of water packed tuna contains soy broth and was canned in American Samoa (some of their tuna is canned in Equador). I told the rep they should print on their label where the tuna is canned.

  41. Steve says:

    “On May 24, 2007, a United States federal court issued an order that, for the time being, prevents Menu Foods from having direct contact with individual U.S. pet owners. While we do not believe the prohibition extends to Canada, Menu Foods is reviewing how best we can be fair to both Canadian residents and U.S. residents, so that all of the claims of pet owners can be resolved. Until this review is complete, Menu Foods is not in a position to settle claims by Canadian pet owners. We will post additional information when our review is complete. ”

    Posted on their website within the last 2-3 hours.

    What the hell are they talking about? What court? Is this another Duane?
    Menu also said they we’re suing Chemnutra. What ever happened to that? Menu also said they are phasing out ingredients from China. Were expected to believe this?

  42. Amy says:

    SandiK - that makes me so sad because we all know there are so many homeless furballs who could use a loving mom like yourself. As someone who is currently caring my chronically ill kidney cat (thanks NB) I completely understand how you’re feeling but I know there will be more kitties in my life after my current two have passed. The sheer volume of love, laughter, and devotion they give to us far outweighs the pain of losing them. I hope you find the strength to bring another baby into your world; you clearly loved the one you lost and a new little fluffy butt might help to heal. With that said, if you do get a new kitty you might want to look into homecooking until this crisis has had some resolution… if it ever does. My kitties send their love to you - you need it!

  43. Amy says:

    Hey Helen - screw the wine, tonight I think I’ll be hitting the hard stuff; melatinis anyone?

    Maybe that’s China’s master plan? Kill our pets, we drink when we grieve, we all get cirrhosis of the liver and die. They take over our country.

  44. E. Hamilton says:

    So, Proctor and Gamble can move real farking fast when it suits them, huh?
    Just not real quick to react to dying pets, frantic owners and suffering on an epic scale for 10 weeks?
    You CANNOT trust any of them.

  45. ItchmoRocks says:

    Itchmo. Why did the report have to be removed? They called and asked the company to ask you to remove it? I just noticed that now. Don’t know when it happened, but dangnabbit. Hmmmm I smell a rat poison.

  46. k says:

    Debbie 4747, as far as I’m aware, China holds a lot of U.S. debt, and as a result is in a position to influence what the U.S. government might actually say about any number of issues related to China. China could also refuse to accept goods from any country that makes a stink about any of this stuff.

    I seem to recall that one of the reasons a lot of manufacturing jobs disappeared from North America is that a lot of companies that used to have factories in North America moved their operations to China because they could run their businesses at a far lower cost and with far fewer restrictions than they could here.

  47. Zoe says:

    “Phasing out” means they are going to continue to use ingredients from China.
    Who knows how long “phasing out” will take. Plus they probably have a ton of stuff from China that they want to use up.

  48. Joan says:

    UPDATE: The company that tested the food requested that we remove the image of the report from this post after being contacted by Proctor & Gamble, the parent company of Iams.

    THE FUR IS FLYING NOW

  49. Ruth says:

    Well IAM’s has until midnight Friday to be honest. Whatya think??? IAM’s how much longer are you going to string us along? Sure you blew the whistle on Menu Foods…blah…blah…. you say you have done your part but why not be completely honest….

    My pet died and you deny…..

  50. Lorie says:

    SandyK Said:

    I dont want to worry about it happening to another one, there is no way I could go thru that again and come out sane.

    Those were my exact words to a girlfriend of mine a week or 2 ago she said I was to dramatic go through what she said a pet dying, told me I needed to get a life. Needless to say I was totally offended and hurt. She has children and does not understand taht my cats are the only children I will ever have and I too could not bare the worry of this whole ordeal again waiting for their test results etc…..panicing everytime I go to feed them.

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