Experts claim that Cats’ greater sensitivity to a chemical found in plastics and pesticides could explain why they have died in larger numbers than have dogs after eating contaminated pet food that has been recalled in North America.

The small number of confirmed reports of pet deaths, bolstered by a far larger number of unconfirmed anecdotal reports… suggests cats were more susceptible to poisoning by the chemical melamine.

Baby Boomers do you remember eating off plastic dishes and such in the 50’s-60’s I do! I still have some! Made with the same chemicals…MMMMMmmmmmmmmmmm There is a thought to ponder!

Officials with the Food and Drug Administration and American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals said “I am concerned we have a situation where we have a sensitive species and it is the cat,” said Steven Hansen, a veterinary toxicologist and director of the ASPCA’s Animal Poison Control center in Urbana, Illinois.

Stephen Sundlof, the FDA’s chief veterinarian, said that testing by the FDA and Cornell University has found melamine in samples of recalled pet food as well as in crystal form in the urine and kidney tissue of dead cats.

They’ve also found the chemical, in apparently raw form in concentrations as high as 6.6 percent, in wheat gluten used as an ingredient of the recalled cat and dog foods.

Sundlof also stated that there was a sizable amount of melamine. You could see crystals in the wheat gluten.
Sundlof and others have not been able to explain why the chemical would have caused the kidney failure seen so far in the roughly 16 confirmed pet deaths, all but one in cats.

There are anecdotal reports of hundreds more pet deaths.

He also stated “It has a very low toxicity, at least in rodents.

The problem is, we don’t have information in cats, and that seems to be the most susceptible species,” Sundlof also allowed that the tainted cat foods could have contained higher concentrations of melamine than did the dog foods.

Earlier in March, Menu Foods became the first of three pet food manufacturers to recall its products. It did so after cats began to fall sick and die during routine company taste tests of its wet-style pet foods, sold under nearly 100 store and major label brands in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Other than in the recalled products, melamine has not been found in other Menu Foods pet foods.

Of course this is a statement made by Menu Food…can you really trust their word after what they have don’t to the public and their furry friends????

Melamine is used to make plastic kitchenware, glues, counter tops, fabrics, fertilizers and flame retardants. It also is both a contaminant and byproduct of several pesticides, including cyromazine, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

The United Nations Environment Program considers melamine of low potential risk, as does the EPA. The agency has sent FDA the database information it has on the chemical and will provide technical assistance as needed, stated EPA spokeswoman Enesta Jones.

But I bet that she isn’t eating any! Neither are her pets either!

Sundlof stated that the FDA had not found any studies of melamine in cats, and the results of only a single 1945 study that tested it on dogs. That study suggested the chemical increased urine output when fed to dogs in large amounts.

Well now folks nothing has changed since 1945 now has it…come on give me a break…is that is what they are posting their comments on…and they can honestly look someone in the eye and saw that??? WOW…what a farce…they have once again fallen on the mark of ignorance and stupidity… 1945 study…HA!

Well, if this is the FDA’s Chief Veterinarian, I am NOT impressed…are you??????

“That was pretty much it,” Sundlof said.

…you have that right! That does sum it up…the FDA has slipped when it comes to our pets…

Have you ever looked up how many bugs are “allowed” to be processed in our food?

You would be surprised on that one!

As the Chief Veterinarian, what does he do all day???

Sounds like he sits on his laurels to me! It sure isn’t ordering studies on cats and does and what they eat or how the food is being processed!

Still, it is well known that identical substances can have very different effects on cats and dogs. For example, the flea killer permethrin is OK to use on dogs but lethal to cats, Hansen said. The same could be the case with melamine.

Dahhhhhhhhhhhhh says ~The Baby Boomer Queen~ and this guy is a spokes person…lol

“Cats are very sensitive to many different chemicals, whether drugs, pesticides or plants. We certainly know they have some unique physiological responses that make them susceptible in cases where we wouldn’t expect it in other species,” stated Hansen.

The investigation has traced the melamine to wheat gluten that Menu Foods, Nestle Purina PetCare Co. and Hill’s Pet Nutrition bought from an unnamed U.S. supplier. The latter two companies have recalled a limited number of products since Friday.

The wheat gluten, a protein source, was imported from China.

Once again going cheaper instead of paying the American Farmer for untainted wheat.

Sundlof said the recall could expand further, depending whether other pet food manufacturers also bought wheat gluten from the same supplier.

Well, I can tell you this has happened before…thank goodness the media can warn everyone before more animals have to suffer and die.

In reguards to the tainted pet food…”We’re still in the process of tracing it at this point,” Sundlof said. There is no indication the wheat gluten entered the human food supply, he added.

He’s a Vet what does he know, he is still studing 1945 studies!

Now there is a happy thought…in human food…but we are looking into it. That gives me great security…LOL Wonder what else they package in those plants????

Wonder who else buys bad wheat gluten from China? Will we ever know???

AND…where are they going to dump all of this poisonous wheat gluten??? There is an environmental issue…if I ever heard one!