Mortality Rate from Menu Foods Toxin Anywhere from 14% to 25%

Update (3/20 6:30pm Pacific):  A pet parent on dogster.com reports that the FDA has received more than 1,000 reports of pet deaths. Thanks Howl911.

Original Post: So we were shocked to learn that the recall was announced 10-days after Menu Foods switched out their suspect supplier. Now, Reuters is reporting that “Menu Foods received the first of six complaints about kidney failure in pets on February 20.” It then waited 7 days to start its own testing, which they performed on 40-50 live cats and dogs. One cat died just 3 days later on March 2nd. The suspect supplier was pulled on March 6th.

The assertion that the first reports came in on February 20th is diputed by a Canadian newspaper and us.

It turns out that of the 10 pet deaths reported in the initial recall, 7 or more pets were in the test group, and Menu Foods waited 14 days to issue the recall after having conclusive evidence, not the 10 days we originally thought.

The FDA said at least seven, and perhaps all, of the 10 deaths, were linked to this tasting trial. Those trial-related deaths were out of a larger group of between 40 and 50 animals who were fed the product.

That’s a mortality rate of between 14% and 25%.

So let’s take that rate and apply that to the number crunching we did earlier. We estimated that about 533,000 pets potentially could have consumed this food. Which means that 74,000 pets could potentially die or be sickened. We’re hoping that early prevention by pet parents reduced the number (as the lab mortality rate is attributed to untreated pets) and that more packs of this food went unsold than our original estimate.

Dr. Stephen Sundlof, director of the FDA Center for Veterinary Medicine, told reporters he expected more pet deaths as the investigation continues.

This is going to be an enormous number of reported deaths and staggering unreported deaths. I hope we’re wrong. I pray that we’re wrong, so very wrong, about our estimates.

7 Responses to “Mortality Rate from Menu Foods Toxin Anywhere from 14% to 25%”

  1. Pet Lover says:

    The fact that Menu Foods could get away with selling pet food that has caused the untimely death of so many of our beloved pets is atrocious. There is already a class action lawsuit underway, but here’s your chance to contact the CEO of the Menu Foods yourself. Spread the word!

    Paul Henderson
    President & CEO
    Menu Foods GenPar Limited
    8 Falconer Dr.
    Mississauga, ON L5M 2C1
    Canada
    Tel.: 905-826-3870
    Fax: 905-826-8102

    Here’s his HOME ADDRESS and phone number (which will probably be disconnected real soon):

    Paul K Henderson
    56 Willett Cr
    Richmond Hill, ON L4C 7V9
    (905) 737-2345

    This guy deserves all the complaints he can get, and then some, for endangering the lifes of so many of our pets. Even worse, their sensitivity and appreciation for the seriousness of their transgression has been severely lacking.

  2. Anonymous says:

    I feed my three (kids) boxers nutro natural choice as of last-night not knowing until this am. about recall. Can someone please tell me a time frame until illness will start showing , if they would become effected. thanks sheila

  3. sheila says:

    I feed my three (kids) boxers nutro natural choice as of last-night not knowing until this am. about recall. Can someone please tell me a time frame until illness will start showing , if they would become effected. thanks sheila

  4. itchmo!seattle » Blog Archive » Grim Milestone: 1,000 Reports of Pet Death says:

    […] the suspected cause. Sadly, this was expected. We reported that by our early analysis (3/19) up to 74,000 pets could die. Other estimates range in the several […]

  5. Lydia says:

    I had a 17 year old that I feed Fancy Feast Sliced (various) meat to. I had purchased a 36 can pack of this food on 3/22/2007 which was purchased at BJ’s warehouse. On 3/23/07 I fed him a can of Fancy Feast Sliced Turkey Feast in Gravey (expiration date 12/2008)- 15-20 minutes after consuming almost the entire can he began to vomit profusely. The vomiting continued to cause total lethargy and dehydration. Yesterday on 3/30/07 I took him to the vet. I was told that even an IV of fluids would not reverse the kidney damage he apparently had encountered. I had to put him down. He was otherwide a very health cat up until that point.

    I am appalled that Purina is not acknowledging any problems with this food. I have read blogs from around the country - and everyone has almost an exact story that happened to their beloved cats.

  6. Mr X says:

    Feel free to email him too:)

    phenderson@menufoods.com

    I wonder how many employees have had their pets die since they claim to be “Pet People”.

  7. eryn says:

    Hey everyone,
    I created a message board for those concerned with the Pet Food Recall & needing information on it. There is a healing circle to share your stories, and place to share updates and legal information, and a place to share advice and care.

    Even if you don’t think you need the message board, please pass on the link:

    PET FOOD RECALL UPDATES MESSAGE BOARD:
    http://eryn27.proboards46.com/index.cgi


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