NYT Says “Consumers of Perfect Produce” to Blame for Menu Foods

New York TimesAn 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: “Was Pet Food Deliberately Poisoned?” read the headline in one Canadian newspaper.

I don’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 they’ve always lived among us, and because they make excellent scapegoats. But we’re all poisoners in our way — 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.

7 Responses to “NYT Says “Consumers of Perfect Produce” to Blame for Menu Foods”

  1. Tracy says:

    It is unbelievably callous of this woman to try and make some esoteric point at the expense of grieving pet owners. We spend thousands of dollars to protect and maintain the health and welfare of our beloved animals; we pay top dollar to feed them what we believe is the highest-quality food available and are betrayed by the very industry we’re supporting - and she dares to lay the blame for their horrific and painful deaths on our doorstep!?

  2. Evy says:

    Ummm the Senior Vice-President of the ASPCA is a veterinarian toxicologist and he doesn’t think that the aminoptrin is the cause.

    The jury is still out on what the cause is, so she is jumping the gun a bit here.

  3. Sandi says:

    I cant believe her article! It sounds to me like she was more interested in getting her name in print than caring what she says & how it can affect people that are grieving the loss of their pets. Saying that the saboteur and the murderous poisoner are scapegoats? Wow that is amazing! Im just dumb-founded that a science journalism professor could come up with such garbage! She better hope they dont find it was sabatoge, she might have to eat her crappy news article she wrote.

  4. Jim C. says:

    You guys should feel free to email Ms. Blum what you think of her drivel:





    University of Wisconsin
    821 University Avenue
    Madison, Wisconsin 53706

    Phone: 608-263-3395
    FAX: 608-262-1361

  5. susanUnPC says:

    I truly hope you sent your last paragraph in the form of an LTE (letter to the editor) to the NYT. Its length is perfect, and its logic is also perfect.

  6. 4lgdfriend says:

    http://www.homestead.com/VonHapsburg/petfood.html The multi-billion dollar pet food industry is killing our pets. With millions of dollars to spend on promotion and hype, pet owners have become victims of their marketing ploys.

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  7. 4lgdfriend says:

    What’s Really in Pet Food An API Report
    - This report explores the differences between what consumers think they are buying compared to what they are actually getting. This document focuses in very general terms on the most visible name brands — the pet food labels that are mass distributed to supermarkets and grocery stores — but there are many smaller, more highly respected brands that may be guilty of the same offenses. http://www.api4animals.org/fac.....amp;more=1

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