Menu Foods Says UC Davis Finds No Acetaminophen In Pet Food Samples

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On Menu Foods website, they added this statement on December 10 in regards to Expertox, a Texas lab, finding acetaminophen in various Menu Foods pet food samples. They said that UC Davis recently tested food samples and found no traces of acetaminophen.

Here is the statement on their website:

Earlier this year, an individual suggested that acetaminophen was present in certain products manufactured by Menu when a single private laboratory purported to find acetaminophen in products he had tested. Those suggestions and the results of that single laboratory were refuted at the time by tests conducted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The California Animal Health and Food Safety Laboratory at the University of California Davis (“UC Davis”) also found no traces of acetaminophen in the products at issue in tests commissioned by Menu.

The acetaminophen claims were re-cycled in October 2007 when that same private laboratory purported to find acetaminophen in another Menu-produced product that was part of the pet food recall in March 2007. Despite the previous findings and with the goal of alleviating any remaining public concern, Menu commissioned UC Davis to perform tests on the products that were the subject of the new claim. As with the prior tests conducted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and UC Davis, the most recent tests by UC Davis also found no traces of acetaminophen.

Source: Menu Foods

(Thanks menusux)

18 Responses to “Menu Foods Says UC Davis Finds No Acetaminophen In Pet Food Samples”

  1. Louie W. says:

    Sorry, Menu.

    Fool me once, shame on you . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
    No way will you get the chance to fool me again.

  2. 5CatMom says:

    You’re kidding!

    We’re supposed to believe lab results from an institution that’s in bed with the pet food industry?

    “This is what being a vet student is all about…lots of free pet food in large quantities! The information summarizes the contact, enrollment site and pick-up information for the three major food manufacturers represented at UCDavis SVM.”

    University of California, Davis – School of Veterinary Medicine
    Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association

  3. Carol says:

    I do not understand why the same lab was used by Menu Foods for retesting when the main complaint of our “positive” findings comes from using a single lab—-who by the way is not connected to the PFI. Glad I have lots more food! Only took 7 weeks for this to come out….

    ps MenuFoods—my claim was not recycled—-it was a brand new test on a different brand of cat food and the actual lab report was posted for the world to see!

  4. Carol says:

    Thanks for those two links 5cat—glad we see it with our own eyes!! Speaks volumes!

  5. Don Earl says:

    Chain of custody has been a frequent topic of conversation on pet food testing.

    What’s interesting here is Menu was offered samples, in their original unopened containers, where the chain of custody shows the products were from the recall period, and outside Menu’s ability to create bogus lot and date stamps. Rather than make arrangements to test those samples, under conditions which would show the chain of evidence, Menu sent samples to UCD under circumstances which leaves open the question of unclean hands.

    And, of course, there’s the question of using a lab where the techs couldn’t find acetaminophen in a drug store, let alone in a pet food sample.

    In the mean time, I can’t help but wonder who commissioned UCD’s pseudo scientific study, where some 12 cats were murdered with a melamine/cyanuric acid cocktail, using a combination of the substances apparently chosen for effect rather than anything resembling actual, real world data on what levels were present in the pet food.

    As some folks may recall, no meaningful levels of cyanuric acid were found in the suspect wheat gluten. The U of Goof, however, after being provided dead animals supplied by Menu Foods, found crystals that were 70% cyanuric acid. So, if it takes cyanuric acid at over a 2 to 1 ratio to form the crystals, where did all the cyanuric acid come from? Interestingly, ExperTox has most frequently found acetaminophen in the presence of cyanuric acid, where no melamine was detected. Also of interest is that ExperTox is never attacked on its ability to find melamine or cyanuric acid.

    The, ummm… “recycled” results from October showed the pet food contained melamine and acetaminophen. For some odd reason, the lab’s ability to find melamine is never questioned. Funny thing is I don’t see melamine mentioned in the UCD results.

    The big question in all of this is that if a third party was at fault for the acetaminophen contamination, one might reasonably believe there’d be a very strong motivation to identify that third party in order to place the blame, and of course the liability, where it belongs. Without a third party to blame, it would appear the circumstances which led to the acetaminophen and cyanuric acid contamination were completely under Menu Foods’ control.

    And, finally, “none found” is not the same as “none present”. Why would Menu use a lab and protocol incapable of producing a credible negative proof? For “none found” to have any scientific meaning, false negatives have to be eliminated as the most likely explanation for the results.

  6. purringfur says:


    Hill’s gives out food to vet programs globally… The very last link tells about Hill’s free food distribution program to vet students so they can sell it to students for cheap &/or raise money for their organization…

    The pet food companies are way too close to the vet schools, IMO… It’s the same for the drug companies…

    University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine & Hill’s Pet Nutrition

    Hill’s Pet Food Orders Due - Dec. 3, 2004

    Hill’s Pet Food Distribution - Dec. 17, 2004

    Nestle Purina Memories Garden Ceremony: June 5, 6:00-7:30 p.m., Nestle Purina Memories Garden
    AAVMC is pleased to announce the winners of the 2007 Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc. Innovations in Public Health Award. Click on the links below to read the winning entries.

    The Hill’s Public Health Award is sponsored by Hill’s Pet Nutrition of Topeka, Kansas and coordinated by the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges.

    The Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) represents all 32 veterinary medical colleges in the United States and Canada, nine departments of veterinary science, seven departments of comparative medicine, three veterinary medical education institutions, and six international colleges of veterinary medicine in its collective dealings with governmental bodies, veterinary medical organizations, the animal and human health industry, educational and scientific organizations and the public.
    Friday, December 14

    Hill’s Pet Food Distribution
    7:00-7:50 a.m. and noon-12:50 p.m.
    Gortner Avenue dock, Large Animal Hospital
    From Hill’s Pet Nutrition:

    “We donate our products to student organizations at selected Veterinary Colleges - FREE OF CHARGE!

    The student clubs then sell our products to Veterinary students, clinicians, academia, and staff at a nominal fee.
    This generates significant funds for the student organizations allowing them to help students with scholarships, internships and other educational activities!”

    Do we even have to wonder why the vets try to push Hill’s?

  7. Sandi K says:

    Hey Menu Foods, why dont you post those lab results for all to see like our people have been doing? Also I would like to know why it took 7 weeks? I would also like to know what the Nov 14th recall of Lick Your Chops due to NPN is? Also, I would like to know what food you used to have UC Davis test? Most pet food companies have the pet owner send in unopened cans of food that they had. Why didnt you? Your “goal of alleviating any public concern” did not happen. Furthermore, when you try to discredit the pet parents and the other lab that first uncovered acetaminophen by saying “an individual suggested” and “claims were re-cycled” you prove your PR dept needs alot of ‘restructuring’, that being an overly kind description of what really needs to happen. Out of this whole thing the two groups that have been upfront and forthcoming with their info has been Epertox and the pet parents. Why havent you?

  8. Sandi K says:

    And I need to ask why do you seem to have a policy of not directly contacting pet owners who report problems with your food? During the March, April, May and so on recalls, we had contacted your company many times, no one ever called us back. It took a vet and pet parent in CA to get food tested that wasnt on your list to find out it was indeed tainted also. Only after they did this, did it get recalled. Now once again, you have 2 pet parents that have contacted you directly with valid information and you refuse to contact them directly? I dont see any changes in your communication policies after this recall so it appears nothing has changed,nothing has been learned and that the consumer, to you, has no importance. Its very sad.

  9. Louie W. says:

    Dear Menu Foods,

    WHAT THE HELL IS THIS? Another silent recall?

    Looks like you guys are still up to your same old tricks - trying to foist contaminated pet food off on unsuspecting pet owners.

    FDA Enforcement Report December 5, 2007

    a) Lick Your Chops Natural Healthy Pet Food Chicken and Brown Rice Dinner for cats
    Net Wt. 5.5 oz., UPC 0-32976-26966-2, Recall # V-012-2008;
    b) Lick Your Chops Natural Healthy Pet Food Lamb & Brown Rice Dinner for cats Net.
    Wt. 5.5 oz.; UPC 0-32976-55967-1, Recall # V-013-2008;
    c) Lick Your Chops Natural Healthy Pet Food Seafood & Brown Rice Dinner for cats
    Net. Wt. 5.5 oz.; UPC 0-32976-55970-1, Recall # V-014-2008;
    d) Lick Your Chops Natural Healthy Pet Food Turkey & Brown Rice Dinner for cats Net.
    Wt. 5.5 oz.; UPC 0-32976-55972-5, Recall # V-015-2008
    a) Formula code 16CC, Exp 3/27/2010;
    b) Formula Code: 16CL, Expiration 3/27/2010;
    c) Formula Code: 16CS, Expiration 3/27/2010;
    d) Formula Code: 16CT, Expiration 3/27/2010;
    Menu Foods, Inc., Pennsauken, NJ, by telephone and letter on November 14, 2007. Firm initiated recall is complete.
    Product may contain non-protein nitrogen compounds.
    2,168 cases
    PA and Canada”

  10. catbird says:

    To MenuFoods–
    Your recent statement has certainly not alleviated this “consumer’s” concerns! In fact, you have increased my concerns a hundredfold. Your careful dancing around the real issue has not gone unnoticed. Why not just come clean and admit that some of the recalled food did contain toxic acetaminophen?

  11. Anonymous says:

    Hey Menu Foods,

    We aint buying it! And no one is buying your stock. What goes around, comes around.

    Menu’s stock has reached an all time low here!

    Menu Foods Income Fund (Public, TSE:MEW.UN)
    Open: 0.92 Mkt Cap: 26.09M P/E: N/A Dividend: N/A
    High: 0.92 52Wk High: 7.47 F P/E: N/A Yield: N/A
    Low: 0.90 52Wk Low: 0.90 Beta: 1.02 Shares: 28.98M
    Vol: 83,537.00 Avg Vol: N/A EPS: -2.06 Inst. Own: N/A

  12. Anonymous says:

    This information is not on Menu Foods website.

    December 2007 Recalls By Menu Foods:
    REASON Product may contain non-protein nitrogen compounds

    Do they mean Melamine and Cyanuric Acid are still being added to the food they make?
    Nitrogen content of a food provides an indirect measure of the protein content of the food. Melamine and cyanuric acid are similar compounds (triazines) that contain nitrogen a non-protein nitrogen source. There is suspicion that melamine was added to wheat gluten (and potentially other ingredients) to artificially increase the nitrogen content of the ingredients, which would be interpreted as an increased protein content of the wheat gluten. Increased protein content in wheat gluten may command a higher price on the market. Thus, the adulteration of wheat gluten and other protein ingredients (rice protein concentrate) may have had financial motives.

  13. Krista says:

    Keep it up, keep sending in those samples to EXPERTOX…. It gets harder and harder for the “powers that be” ie: UCDavis and FDA to continue with their asinine sharade of debunking one of the finest labs in America, Expertox… The one lab available to the America People that can test at levels that UCDavis can not, or refuses too.. Sooner or later this will all catch up for a great big huge scandal and the truth will come out..

  14. mittens says:

    it’s quite amazing the results you get when you, oh, i dunno, buy a school lab some equipment- you know ‘ donate’ it- or lay some tasty other swag on some professors or school administrators. the moral equivalent of boinking your prof to get an A in chemistry class.

    whores. they have to give it up and the FDA and universities have to stop enabling them.

  15. kathy says:

    I will never believe anything Menu says, I will never believe anything UCD says, no matter what they say. To them I can only say “Rave on, maniacs!”

  16. Lynn says:

    I think this is Menu Food’s last ditch effort to boost the stock. Do they REALLY think we’re THAT dumb?

  17. Krista says:

    It’s the multimillion dollar corporate world of the Pet Food Industry that decided from the very beginning that no other adulterant would ever be found other than melamine and cynauric acid. And… they have made sure it stays that way.. Anything else would be big problems for all of the major players and result in many MORE recalls.

    So, with FDA at the helm and the control labs servicing them , any other substance found would be thwarted now and in the future.. The fix was in from the beginning… IMO

  18. Katie says:

    Krista, I totally agree. The FDA, PFC and corporate America can’t afford for us to know the truth.

    Menu Foods at $0.90 - I hope it falls to Zero!


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