PETA’s latest press release calls for the resignation of the FDA’s commissioner, Dr. Andrew von Eschenbach. The letter also reveals a few new details:
- PETA believes that melamine is not the cause and that we may be on a wild goose chase with wheat gluten. It cites that a “top Candian laboratory” found aminoptering, disputing the FDA.
- It’s firmly behind the report that Iams dry food is causing deaths. (Which is supported by reader comments and our analysis.)
- They strongly disputes the statement that pet food regulation is on par with human food regulation, citing AAFCO’s lack of power over the industry.
- They are also calling for a criminal investigation into Menu Foods and Iams over the delay in reporting the recall. In fact, 3 members of congress are pressing for some sort of investigation: Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) and Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) and Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL).
PETA’s language is quite a bit stronger, as per PETA’s usual style, but it’s worth a read.