Thanks to Nikki at Howl911 for the tip. We’re continuing to put the pieces of this puzzle together, one at a time.
According to some media outlets, Menu Foods states that they reported the potential problem with their food on February 20.
Menu Foods told the FDA it received the first complaints of kidney failure and deaths among cats and dogs from pet owners on Feb. 20. It began new tests on Feb. 27.
Another article reports that the initial concern were being reported to the company as early as December, which would correspond with the accelerated speed of mortality in acute kidney failures and the manufacturing date of the product. Menu Foods reported their first lab animal death on March 2nd, a mere 3 days after initiating the test on February 27th.
Starting in December, concerns began filtering back to the company through toll-free customer lines about the “cuts and gravy” style pet food.
We don’t know how The Chronicle got the information about the news starting in December, but if both media sources are reporting accurately, Menu Foods provided inaccurate and potentially misleading data to the FDA. Whether it is intentional or not, we don’t know. But the media reports indicate that the date Menu Foods gave the FDA was far later than when it potentially first found out about the problem.
The question on many people’s minds is “why did Menu Food wait almost 3 months to start testing their product?”