Rat poison in pet food has animal owners extra cautious

ALBANY, N.Y. – Pet owners were rechecking their cabinets and threatening legal action after state officials said rat poison was found in pet food blamed for the deaths of at least 16 cats and dogs. It was unclear how many deaths would eventually be linked to the “cuts and gravy”-style food produced by Menu Foods, but scientists said Friday that they expected more would be announced. The substance in the food was identified as aminopterin, a cancer drug that once was used to induce abortions in the United States and is still used to kill rats in some other countries, state Agriculture Commissioner Patrick Hooker said. The federal government prohibits using aminopterin for killing rodents in the U.S. State officials would not speculate on how the poison got into the pet food, but said no criminal investigations had been launched. The pet deaths led to a recall of 60 million cans and pouches of dog and cat food the company produced and sold throughout North America. After Friday’s announcement, Menu Foods food advised retailers to remove all brands from their shelves, a company spokesman said, though the recall still applies only to the dog and cat foods identified on its Web site since March 16. Those cover cans and pouches of food packaged from Dec. 3 through March 6. “The recall has not been expanded,” Menu spokesman Sam Bornstein said Saturday. Menu Foods, based in Ontario, Canada, said it would take responsibility for pet medical expenses incurred as a result of the tainted food, but it was cold comfort to the owners of pets sickened or killed. “Before they put this stuff in the bags, there should be some kind of test,” said San Fernando Valley resident Jeff Kerner, whose Yorkshire terrier Pebbles died Thursday. “I can’t just let it go. Even if they just change the law.” The dog had eaten some of the food, Kerner said, and he was contacting an attorney because he wanted to prevent another pet tragedy. Some pets that ate the recalled brands suffered kidney failure, and the company has confirmed the deaths of 15 cats and one dog. However, pet owners and veterinarians said the tally could actually be higher, and other deaths were reported anecdotally around the country. There is no risk to pet owners from handling the food, officials said. The Food and Drug Administration has said the investigation was focused on wheat gluten in the food. The gluten itself would not cause kidney failure, but it could have been contaminated, the FDA said. Paul Henderson, chief executive of Menu Foods, confirmed Friday that the wheat gluten was purchased from China. Bob Rosenberg, senior vice president of government affairs for the National Pest Management Association, said it would be unusual for the wheat to be tainted. “It would make no sense to spray a crop itself with rodenticide,” Rosenberg said, adding that grain shippers typically put bait stations around the perimeter of their storage facilities. Scientists at the New York State Animal Health Diagnostic Center at Cornell University and at the New York State Food Laboratory tested three cat food samples provided by the manufacturer and found aminopterin in two of them. The two labs are part of a network created after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks to keep the nation’s animals and food supply safe. “Any amount of this product is too much in food,” Hooker said. Aminopterin is highly toxic in high doses. It inhibits the growth of malignant cells and suppresses the immune system. In dogs and cats, the amount of aminopterin found – 40 parts per million – can cause kidney failure, according to Bruce Akey, director of Cornell’s diagnostic center. “It’s there in substantial amounts,” Akey said. Donald Smith, dean of Cornell’s veterinary school, said he expected the number of pet deaths to increase. “Based on what we’ve heard the last couple days, 16 is a low number,” Smith said. Aminopterin is no longer marketed as a cancer drug, but is still used in research, said Andre Rosowsky, a chemist with the Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. Rosowsky speculated that the substance would not show up in pet food “unless somebody put it there.” Henderson said Menu Foods does not believe the food was tampered with because the recalled food came from two different plants – one in Kansas, one in New Jersey. Menu continues to produce food at the two plants.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! read more


first_imgMalin 1-09, Glenfin 0-05. Malin are the Division 2 winners for 2012 and claiming the Sandy Harper Cup for the 3rd time.The Inishowen men were never behind in the game in front of a great crowd at Connolly Park.A John G McLaughlin goal late in the first half helped his side to a 1-05 to 0-02 lead at the break. Both sides lost a man to red cards in the first half but that was the only real incident of the game.Glenfin began the second half with purpose, hitting two points to reduce the deficit to four.But this just sparked Malin again with Matthew Byrne, who was man of the match, hitting three points on the trot at one stage.Apparently there’s a bit of a celebration going on Malin tonight! Maith Sibh  GAA: MALIN CROWNED DIVISION 2 CHAMPIONS was last modified: October 22nd, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:GAA: MALIN CROWNED DIVISION 2 CHAMPIONSlast_img read more

NASA pilot killed in plane crash

first_imgEDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE – Marta Bohn-Meyer, the only woman to serve as an SR-71 Blackbird crew member and an accomplished aerobatics pilot, was killed Sunday when her plane crashed shortly after taking off from an Oklahoma airfield. She was 48. Bohn-Meyer, a Tehachapi resident, was killed when her Giles G-300 aircraft crashed at 11:30 a.m. during takeoff from the Clarence E. Page Airport in Yukon, Okla., near Oklahoma City. Witnesses reported seeing a piece of the airplane come off right after takeoff. Bohn-Meyer, the chief engineer at NASA Dryden Flight Research Center, was at the airfield practicing aerobatics for the upcoming U.S. National Championship in Denison, Texas. Authorities said her husband, Robert, also an accomplished aerobatics pilot, witnessed the crash. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 “Marta Bohn-Meyer was an extraordinarily talented individual and a most trusted technical expert and manager at NASA Dryden,” Dryden director Kevin Petersen said. “She committed her life and career to aviation and the advancement of aeronautics and space in the United States. We at Dryden will miss her tremendously. All the hearts and prayers of NASA Dryden go out to her husband, Bob, and Marta’s family.” In addition to being a noted aerobatics pilot, Bohn-Meyer held the distinction of being the first female crew member to fly in the SR-71 Blackbird, and the second woman, behind former Congresswoman Beverly Byron, to ever fly in the triple-sonic aircraft. Bohn-Meyer first flew aboard the sleek, 2,200-mph airplane Oct. 3, 1991 – a flight she listed among her career highlights. “I’m passionate about the airplane,” Bohn-Meyer said in an interview with the Daily News shortly after that flight. “There is black magic about this airplane.” Bohn-Meyer said the response she received after that flight let her know that she was a role model for girls. She was a frequent participant in education programs, particularly for girls interested in entering into technical fields or becoming pilots. The Amityville, N.Y.-born Bohn-Meyer began flying at 14 after her father paid for flying lessons as a Christmas present. She flew solo for the first time at 16 and later went on to become an FAA-certified instructor. Bohn-Meyer began working at Dryden in 1979 after graduating from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y., with a bachelor’s degree in aeronautical engineering. During her career at Dryden, she served in a variety of posts, including director of flight operations, director of safety and mission assurance, deputy director of flight operations and deputy director of aerospace projects. Since October 2001, Bohn-Meyer had served as Dryden’s chief engineer. Bohn-Meyer was also an FAA-certified airframe and power plant mechanic. Among other honors, she received the NASA Exceptional Service Medal in 1996, the Aerospace Educator Award from Women in Aerospace in 1998, and the Arthur C. Fleming Award in the Scientific Category in 1992. Jim Skeen, (661) 267-5743 james.skeen@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more