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March 24, 2007: Rat Poison Found in Contaminated Pet Food

New York state scientists found evidence of rat poison during tests of recalled pet food manufactured by Menu Foods of Canada. The company says they do not know how the pet food became contaminated.

Tests carried out at the New York State Animal Health Diagnostic Center of Cornell University and at the New York State Food Laboratory found a form of rat poison, or aminopterin, in wet cat food. Menu Foods has now expanded the recall to include all 95 brands of moist pet food, without regard to manufacturing dates.

The president of Menu Foods, Paul Henderson, said that the while company does not know how rat poison got into the pet food, they do not think that tampering is to blame. Henderson also stated that the company would compensate both American and Canadian owners whose pets became ill or died from eating the contaminated food. Officials have said that owners who handle the pet food in question are not at risk.

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