An Op-Ed piece in today’s New York Times points the finger at us, the consumer, for the rat poison in the pet food while focusing on a few pet parents who suspect sabotage.
Still, it was no surprise that as soon as the recent dog and cat deaths in North America were traced to a rat poison in pet food, the question of sabotage arose immediately: â€œWas Pet Food Deliberately Poisoned?â€ read the headline in one Canadian newspaper.
I donâ€™t think we have to look too far for the poisoners in this round of pet deaths. We lean toward the saboteur and the murderous poisoner because theyâ€™ve always lived among us, and because they make excellent scapegoats. But weâ€™re all poisoners in our way â€” purchasers of roach sprays, consumers of perfect produce delivered by grace of dangerous chemicals. Every so often, we are forced to realize that, like the arsenic poisoners of old, our lifestyle also demands innocent victims.
The opinion is written by Deborah Blum, a professor of science journalism at the University of Wisconsin.
We feel that Ms. Blum is missing the point. The toxin might as well have been aflatoxin, a naturally growing fungus found in 2005’s Diamond Foods recall. The fear and concern among rational pet parents is directed at two things: 1) Lack of honesty in and oversight of the pet food industry and 2) the many lingering unknowns regarding how this recall occurred and was handled by Menu Foods and the FDA.