Melamine in Pet Food Blamed in Death of 70 Dogs

In November 2007 the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a voluntary recall of five hundred thirty different varieties of pet food containing melamine. A joint news release from the FDA and Menu Foods confirmed the findings of the Reuters report. On November 30, 2007, Michigan State University released a report that found a potentially lethal mixture of contaminants in the recalled foods. On December 28, 2007, the Canadian Press published an article linking 27 dog deaths and illnesses to the recall of recalled pet foods.

Dog and cat food has expanded

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has expanded its voluntarily recalled Sport mix dog and cat food, which is linked to a mold-borne toxin that caused the deaths of at least seventy dogs and a dozen others. The company’s original recall was prompted by the recent discovery of high levels of aflatoxins in the product. The company has yet to recall its chicken jerky treats, but the current outbreak has sparked widespread consumer concern about the safety of the recalled pet food.


The FDA has also taken the lead in a voluntary recall of Sport mix dog and cat food after reports of eighty-two dogs and three cats died. However, the recalls are not complete, and not all the deaths have been linked to aflatoxin. Ultimately, the safety of this recalled pet food will depend on what the FDA finds in its lab tests. The recalled pet foods were sold to more than a million people in the United States.