The highest level of acetaminophen was found in a dog food sample submitted by a manufacturer, she said. Coneley declined to identify the company but said its officials were given the results "well over a month ago."also see: Acetaminophen Update - in at least 6 foods
(post modified slightly 6-4 10:30pm)
Why am I saying allegedly and unconfirmed? Because I am posting links to what others have already posted online. Because I haven't seen the original lab results (though all 3 are now posted online). And because two of samples did not come from unopened food with the necessary 'chain of custody' forms. And, the companies haven't confirmed them.
I cannot stress this point enough: These are independent tests performed on small samples of each food. We do not know if this is an isolated case of contamination before or after manufacturing, or if it is widespread.
So, with all these caveats, why am I posting these? Because, after a lot of soul searching, it felt like the right thing to do, for the following reasons:
- First, they have been posted on other sites, so the information is already out there, I'm simply drawing your attention to it.
- Second, so you know that 3 different pet foods have tested positive for something that shouldn't be in them, in this case acetominophen. Acetominophen is poisonous to pets. 2 of the samples also tested positive for cyanuric acid.
- Third, because - IF this is true and widespread- this may be (part of) the answer to why pets continue to get sick from foods that have tested negative for melamine, as melamine was NOT found in any of these foods.
- Fourth, because if I received a positive result from a food I had privately tested, I'd want someone to post it so others would become aware of it.
- Fifth, so I can sleep at night.
- Sixth, and the most important reason - because it might save a pets life.
First, from Don, who has a new website www.petfoodrecallfacts.com, he will be posting additional lab results as they become available. (Note that Pet Pride has had some food recalled by Menu Foods, but these flavors/varieties have NOT been recalled.) The following report is at http://www.petfoodrecallfacts.com/lab.html
Added 6-4 11:45pm: Note that Don's samples were submitted as factory sealed cans, and received by the lab in untampered condition.
LAB REPORT ON ACETAMIONPHEN AND CYANURIC ACID
Test results conducted by ExperTox, a fully accredited lab, confirmed the presence of acetamionphen and cyanuric acid in a mixture of Pet Pride "Turkey and Giblets Dinner" lot number APR 24 09, and Pet Pride "Mixed Grill" lot number SEP07 09.
Additional tests have been requested to determine which variety, or if both, are adulterated with the substances. It is significant that melamine was not detected in the samples, as melamine is the marker for the Chinese grain products.
...(see link for the rest)
Second, from Steve M:
Reposted in full with permission
Followup from Steve M.:
ADDED 6-3 11:47am
Don has Steve's lab results posted
Don's added another positive lab result to his site
ACETAMINOPHEN AND CYANURIC ACID TEST POSITIVE IN REPORT SUBMITTED BY SHARON
This sample is believed to have come from a bag of Hill's Science Diet Light Adult. The test results show both acetaminophen and cyanuric acid was found in the food.
Note that this makes the second positive acetominophen result for Hill's Science Diet dry food, different varieties.
Again, I cannot stress this point enough: These are independent tests performed on small samples of each food. We do not know if this is an isolated case of contamination before or after manufacturing, or if it is widespread.