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Settlements Reached in Dog Food Recall
Remember the thousands of dogs and cats that were sickened, and even killed, in 2007's pet food contamination? Both the civil and criminal cases resulting from this massive case have now been settled.
This was the largest pet food recall in U.S. history. More than 180 pet food brands - ALPO, Blue Buffalo, Doctors Foster & Smith, Eukanuba, Hills, Iams, Natural Balance, Nutro, Royal Canin - and retailers including Costco, Wal-Mart, Target, Petco and PetSmart were affected.
It resulted because unscrupulous suppliers in China added the contaminants melamine and cyanuric acid in their pet food ingredients to inflate the protein levels. These contaminants formed crystals in the kidneys of dogs and cats and caused kidney disease and failure.
The Chinese product was sold through an importer/distributor to Menu Foods, a Canadian manufacturer, that produced private-label and name-brand pet foods for a number of major companies. For those who are paranoid about large corporations, it was Menu Foods that discovered and reported the contamination to government authorities.
Here's the results of the cases:
The owners of ChemNutra, an American company that imported and sold the products to Menu Foods, pled guilty in 2010 to charges of selling and distributing adulterated foods. They were fined $35,000 and given three years of probation. They did not admit to knowingly selling the adulterated products.
One positive result of this disaster was that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is more closely monitoring pet food safety. It also established a web-based tracking network called PETNet (Pet Event Tracking Network) for federal, state and territorial agencies to report incidents involving pet food problems.
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