List of Toxins Found in Pets Grows Longer, Pigs Fed Toxins

If it wasn’t confusing enough, three more toxins were found in the urine and kidneys of sick pets.

Researchers in at least three labs found cyanuric acid, amilorine and amiloride — all by-products of melamine — in the crystals of animals’ urine, tissues and kidneys…

Finding cyanuric acid is the more significant finding, Hoff, Goldstein and Mullaney said, although they are not yet certain how toxic it is to animals.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Web site said, “When ingested (by humans) in large amounts, the substance may have effects on the kidneys, resulting in tissue lesions.”

Also, pigs that ate contaminated rice protein were slaughtered and sold before the government could quarantine them. It is not clear whether the meat made it into consumers’ hands. The pigs ate salvaged pet food from Diamond Pet Foods.

Researchers also ruled out aminopterin, previously announced by NY state. No explanation is given as to how this decision was made.

(Thanks to reader comments)

129 Responses to “List of Toxins Found in Pets Grows Longer, Pigs Fed Toxins”

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  1. Ruth says:

    Yeah, I have been wondering and waiting to see when it would trickle down to human food.

    Still waiting to hear who are the other companies Wilbur-Ellis or FDA won’t name.

  2. teric says:

    I have emailed the White House to ask what Bush is feeding his dogs. Havent heard back yet.
    Huh,….they may be in Crawford.

  3. Sharon says:

    Someone needs to find out who transports Wilbur-Ellis products and follow the trucks or trains. The FDA is asleep at the wheel just like FEMA was during Katrina. Have we not learned any lessons in the past few years regarding what this adminstration is capable of? They obviously don’t care anything about pets or humans. The public will have to find out was is going on for itself. Where would be now without the reporter from Pittsburgh? No one would even know what was happening to the recalled food. We certainly rely upon our government to protect our health when all they care about it protecting their friends.

  4. Karen says:

    Diamond sent the salvaged pet food prior to realizing melamine in the formula (they were still shipping Natural Balance). As was mentioned above, this is common practice in the Industry.

    I think right now it is safer to not be a member of PFI, then to claim to be one (I wonder what Eckhart feeds his 12 year old cat? I’m sure it wasn’t very much from the foods his company represents - would have loved to seen that question asked).

  5. Karen says:

    And to test Corn Gluten - good grief - we’re talking billions of dollars lost at all levels of the industry (distributors, suppliers, manufacturers, packaging, shipping, and of course - lest we forget - the retailers.)

  6. CathyA says:

    Lorie Says:
    April 20th, 2007 at 3:09 pm
    Lorie, that was Dr. Paul Pion who was going to try to get the food samles over to UC Davis lab on Wed. Don’t know if he managed to do that or not, but at this point it’s probably irrelevant as it is the same lab all those pork samples are going to. I’m sure they’re overwhelmed and we know who will be the first in line - people.

  7. teric says:

    I really dont care about the billions of dollars lost in the industry. I care about what we are eating and what our pet’s are eating.

    They shouldnt have purchased this crap from China in the first place. It’s their own damn fault and they should pay the price.

  8. Sharon says:

    It does not take days or weeks to test this stuff. UC has expensive equipment paid for by you and I, US taxpayers. It was bought with Homeland Security money. It was to be used for this purpose. They have been dragging their feet on this for over a month now if not longer. It is unconscionable.

  9. teric says:

    The actual test to search for the toxins should only take about 6 to 8 hours.

  10. Lorie says:

    Cathy A thanks for the info on my question.

    Teric you are right about lab test now that my cat has been exposed her second set of labs some how where done in house with in minutes verses call the next day for result. Go Figure

  11. KatieKat says:

    I think it’s ironic that our Government urges trade with china, but turns around and pays farmers subsidies to keep fields idle so that there is not a surplus of grain.

  12. teric says:


    Actually I was talking about testing the product in question for unknown toxins & chemicals. I had been feeding treats to my pups that had been recalled by Sunshine Foods. I immediately sent it to the lab for testing. Testing began about 9:30am and was completed by 5:30pm.

    Testing of the product does not take 2 or 3 weeks. You are right by saying what’s in line first & what UC thinks is most important.

  13. ~Martha~ says:


    You’ll know if you’re on “a list” if you try to travel by air I suppose.

    Have you seen this article yet?

    IMO it certainly clears up the whys of the FDA foot-drag…and no one “knowing” anything in response to your queries.

  14. ~Martha~ says:

    Baby Food Recall note.

    I’ve read some posts indicating pet parents considered feeding baby food after the pet food recalls. Baby food is not as safe for pets as you’d think.

    And then there is this recall:
    A Mendocino County child is recovering and doing well after being diagnosed with infant botulism earlier this month, the Public Health Department reported Tuesday.
    According to a press release, the child’s mother reported that, in addition to being breastfed, the infant was fed Earth’s Best Organic baby food.

    While there is no confirmed link between this case and the baby food, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has initiated an ongoing recall for the following jars of Earth’s Best baby food because of the risk of contamination with Clostridium botulism, a bacterium which can cause botulism.

    The affected baby food is:
    Earth’s Best Organic 2 Apple Peach Barley Wholesome Breakfast, 4.5 ounce jars, expiration date Sept. 17, 2008.
    Earth’s Best 2 Wholesome Breakfast Variety Pack, 12 pack, expiration date Sept. 13, 2008.
    Earth’s Best Organic 2 Apple Peach Barley, 4.5 ounce jars within 12 pack, expiration date Sept. 14, 2008.

    Botulism, a potentially fatal form of food poisoning, usually causes illness within 18 to 36 hours of exposure.

    Older populations who may be consuming the product as part of a pureed diet might experience symptoms such as blurred vision, dizziness, dry mouth, and progressive weakness from head to legs. Constipation and urinary retention are also common. People observing these symptoms should seek medical attention for those affected.

    Production and distribution of the baby food has been suspended and the company has initiated a recall of the food.

    The Environmental Health Division of Mendocino County has contacted local stores to ensure these products have been removed from their shelves.

  15. Sandy says:

    I wish there was a way for everyone here at Itchmo to donate even a dollar and collectively raise enough money to take a full page ad out in USA TODAY demanding accountability and letting the pet food industry know we will NOT buy from most of these companies EVER again..Money talks, if we take it away from them one huge lobby is LOST….one that has bought our governments complacency

    I can see it now: FROM THE CONSUMERS IN AMERICA TO THE FDA, PET FOOD INDUSTRY AND THE MEN AND WOMEN IN GOVERMENT WHO WANT TO STAY IN OFFICE our voice and that of our pets, will have our say when we buy and when we vote.

    I do feel Purinia is way too quiet… many are and lol Wellness states they do not buy but DO buy from 3 other Asian companies Ohh that puts my mind at ease

  16. Donna says:

    Our family lost our beautiful Shepherd, too, to the horrendous symptoms this food travesty causes. She had just turned 11 and was brought up entirely on Purina foods. The fact that she was an “older” dog has no play in this matter as far as I am concerned because she was happy, bright-eyed, healthy, frisky and never sick before that fatal day in February 07.

    I called the FDA to express my concerns about Purina’s food, but spoke to an answering machine, and never received a call back.

    When I called Purina’s Consumer Line (800 778 7462), I told them about our dog, and that I brought our pets up only on Purina products and now I had a cat mimicking the same symptoms after eating wet Beneful (contains wheat gluten) - blood tinged urine.

    The young woman became sympathetic, but then asked me, “Are you sure you only fed them Purina Products?”. Ah, duh, yes, I am sure - I am the one who buys the food!

    She also told me Purina would pay the vet bills and I would receive a call back in a few days. Pretty good, ha? NOT! That was almost two weeks ago and nothing has become of it since.

    I am not holding my breath to hear from Purina. As a matter of fact, I don’t really expect to hear from them. Rather, I am hoping for a recall and the truth.

    As to the suspect food, I saved some. I put a couple of cups in a ziplock bag and put it in the freezer, with a scanned copy of every VITAL piece of information that was on Purina’s bag. I did this purely as a safeguard, because if Purina does call for the food, I have some that can be used if necessary.

    To further this …

    After our Shepherd was put to rest, our RottieMix would not touch the Purina One and it sat in his bowl for days and days and days. I thought he was depressed and missed her, and even though I did not suspect corn gluten at this time, I did suspect certain foods by Purina, so I began making the food. Oh, he wasn’t depressed, and he was very hungry, but his stomach couldn’t take the transition, so I knew I had to find a dry food. I narrowed down three foods: Canidae, Eagle Pack and TimberWolf - all of which I learned about from Itchmo’s Forum - thank you everyone!

    I decided to go with TimberWolf OceanBlue for my dog and TimberWolf Serengheti for my cat. Why? Because I will not take a chance on any food that contains wheat, corn, rice, soy or gluten anything.

    But, I do have to tell you this … it may be worth its weight to those who still use Purina pet food …

    A friend who had not seen our RottieMix in only a few days came over and said to me, “Wow, he looks great! Look at his coat, it’s so shiny and smooth. Did he get a good brushing?” “No,” I said, “No Purina products.”

    Yes, tt had not even been a month and my pets were entirely off Purina products and with that, any possible toxins. Both my daughter and I had noticed his coat was shinier, his breath was not sour and his eyes were bright again! But the biggest improvement, and only I would notice this, was the lack of [his] black “furballs” on my kitchen floor!

  17. Jan says:

    Re: teric’s thread at 7:36 pm last night……

    I want to thank you for the best laugh I’ve had in weeks. When I read that you emailed the Pres to ask what he was feeding his dogs, I started to laugh & didn’t stop for an hour. Like most of you I have been reading, checking the internet three times each hour to see what else has been recalled…..I’m exhausted, blurry eyed & going bonkers at this point in time. I had to turn off my computer after I read that comment because of thunder & lightning but I kept cracking up every time I thought about that.

    All these people must be so bogged down with emails, letters & phone calls…..maybe they’ll get the hint that the pet owners of America are MAD & WE AREN’T GOING TO TAKE IT ANYMORE!!!!!!!

  18. Lorie says:

    Donna, it is so true about once you get rid of the Purina products in my case the FF, I was just telling my girlfriend last night with my oldest cat Topaz who is a 15 lbs tortie , how all her dandruff seems to have gone away since I switch to organic food on March 24th, after my 2 started having symptoms from FF on March 23rd. When I called Purina 2 of the girls were very nice the 3rd time when I called with vet results like I was told to do the girl was like are you calling for payment, are old are they blah blah blah I should of offered to make her and the rest of Purina a Nice FF Chicken Florintene Casserole with the rest of the 22 cans from the case, seeing how it is so safe.

  19. Mary says:

    Everyone of them will hopefully be punished for what they have done.
    For many Years I have talked my head off about IMPORTING.
    I have 4 Dogs and eveyone of them have been effected by this food.
    I am so tired of the Vet but Love my KIDS to death.
    It has been non stop with my dogs for over 2 months.
    Now I think there is a problem with the CANIDAE that I am feeding them.
    ANy insite to Canidae Dog Food

  20. SMITH111 says:

    Well, South African’s Pet Industry has bocked importation of corn gluten from China, ah? Too bad America’s Pet Industry Doesn’t Have The Same Intelligence.
    The bottom line is always their new god, the almighty $$$$$$$$$$$$. They’ve sold our souls.

    Want to change this? Write, not email, write your legislators. DEMAND CHANGE. WE ARE THE PEOPLE.

  21. Lynda says:

    When I first heard that the contaminated wheat gluten was human grade, I quit eating bread/cracker type stuff and went to my usual midsummer diet of mostly salad/veggies.

    I also bought some chicken livers and started transitioning my 3 cats off commercial food, since I was feeding one the Hill’s kidney disease canned foods whose matching dry food was recalled, and I had back in December fed several cans of another Hill’s Science Digest canned food that was recalled.

    After 3 weeks my kitties are all eating totally raw, crunching fish bones and turkey necks like little wild things. (One growls and snarls like a dog if I come near his food, another purrs loudly as she eats and arches her back when I rub her, but doesn’t raise her front up from where she’s happily gnawing away.) They all have better coats and are putting on weight–the skinny chronic kidney problem kitty now has a little tummy and just clearly FEELS better.

    I’m now a believer in raw feeding! It’s what cats evolved eating, what they NEED, and they can’t digest the crap our big business companies have conned us into feeding them. It’s easy to see that my cats were starving for real nourishment, while I was feeding them high-end garbage.

  22. Jan says:


    Re your post at 2:08pm……I’m in the process of switching my dog to Canidae as I’ve heard nothing but good stuff about it. Pls tell me that you found out it was something other than the Canidae. I need to know as I just barely gave my dog a few pieces of the dry last night for the first time. You are the first person I’ve heard say anything bad about this dry food. I won’t know what to do if I start hearing that people are having trouble with Canidae……they claim nothing goes in from anywhere but the US & they use no glutens or proteins in their food. I hope you find this & answer soon because now I’m freaking out.

  23. Donna says:


    Can you share your raw food recipe?

  24. TiredPaws says:

    Ref to KatieKat comment on why China isn’t complying with our request to inspect.

    Let’s open our eyes here. They are cleaning up their act, disposing of evidence and creating a backup story. The longer the delay I would think the larger of a mess they have. Even if they even allow FDA inspectors in with their sunglasses, what are they going to tell us that we don’t already know?

  25. Kiki says:

    Pet Food that was caught and found to be tainted was sold to hog farmers for our pork…what the $#$%* is this country coming to?

    It’s just ridiculous…but at least finally, the FDA is opening up a crimonal investigation. Why couldn’t they have opened this up a month ago once they realized that the pet food recall kept expanding????

  26. Lynn says:

    There’s no doubt that Chinese/American trade is financially beneficial for the American corporate giants since the Chinese labor rate is microscopic compared to what US labor would cost. It’s also beneficial for the owners of Chinese businesses [order fulfillment houses] who pay their workers a pittance, no overtime, work them round the clock 7 days a week if necessary - all to meet the delivery schedule.

    What’s the saying? “The rich get richer and the poor get poorer.”

  27. Lynn says:

    To CAthyA Says:

    You missed the point. It’s what happens BEFORE it becomes cyanuric acid. Think Cyanide.

  28. Gloria Picchetti says:

    Write to:

    Ambassador Zhou Wenzhong
    Embassy of the People’s Republic of China
    2300 connecticut AV NW
    Washington DC 20008

    They have tortured and imprisoned thousands of their religeous people. Their country is a cesspool of pollution. They kill cats dozens at a time by swinging them by the tails and bashing their heads. They sell puppies for human consumption in open markets as if they are chickens. They eat horse. They simply have no repect for life nor nature.

    Do you think bush is going to do anything about it? It’s up to you.

  29. sandi says:

    Ok, I am confused, have not been on in a while. Is it a current recall by Science Diet??

    What are the safe foods?? We feed Science Diet dog and cat food at the shelter, pay only for the shipping, with donated food, always a change and problems for some dogs.

    The shelter long term ones are doing great on the food. I know, it is not one that I would recommend or feed.

    SOOO, another question, is the problem in our plants or inChina?/

    Been out straight a cat of mine had surgery she has cancer, doing well, now my mini dachsie has hemorraghic gastritis again, God, only know what she got into outside. She will be wearing an electronic collar , like the other dogs, to keep her out of certain areas on our property.




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