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3catkidneyfailure
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« on: January 10, 2008, 11:54:36 AM »

Everywhere but at the corporations who continue to produce chemically concocted congealed crap canned pet food:

http://www.lawyersandsettlements.com:80/articles/01777/menu-food-underestimated.html

Menu Foods Tainted Pet Food: The Pain is Felt Everywhere
January 9, 2008. By Gordon Gibb

Emporia, KS: Menu Foods has been out of the headlines for awhile now, since news of tainted pet food broke back in the spring that contaminated wheat gluten imported from China was making pets ill across the nation, many of them dying.

In fact, the Veterinary Information Network had reported 1500 deaths, but that number could fall far short of the reality, according to comments attributed to Veterinary Cardiologist Dr. Paul Pion appearing Christmas Day in Cleveland.com's The Plain Dealer. He says that number could easily be thousands, or tens of thousands.

That number could have easily increased by five, had Janine Anderson and Mike Dainis failed to nurse their five cats back to health. The cats were hospitalized with kidney failure after eating some of the contaminated pet food eventually recalled by Menu Foods.

The cats aren't out of the woods yet, and still require home-cooked meals together with regular doses of TLC. The Lakewood couple estimates they have spent $16,000 to rescue the health of their cats, since the felines ate the tainted food.

It appears the Menu Foods recall has resulted in tremendous cost to Menu Foods as well. In recent months the Canadian company, headquartered in Streetsville in the Metropolitan Toronto area, has had to lay off staff at its Emporia, Kansas plant—and overall expects to have to cut its total workforce by up to 15 per cent, in the wake of the tainted pet food debacle.

Bloomberg.com reports that retailers and foodmakers, which accounted for 37 per cent of Menu Foods pet food sales, have halted orders.

And the company now expects recall costs to be 22 per cent higher than originally forecast. Expenses directly related to the recall will reach Cdn. $55 million, a rise from the previous estimate of Cdn. $45 million.

What's more, the CEO of the company is voluntarily reducing his compensation by 22 per cent, and other key Menu Foods executives have agreed to a 17 per cent wage rollback. Directors will see a 20 per cent cut in their fee packets, all in an effort to share the pain of a massive recall that saw Menu Foods trigger the return of 60 million cans and wet pouches of food sold across 100 different brands.

While the company made some money on the sale of some of its assets, including a production plant located in North Sioux City, South Dakota—it will also be losing business as a result. Mars Inc., a pet food supplier that controls the Nutro and Royal Canin brands, has decided to manufacture the brands on its own, rather than contract the work out to Menu Foods. Mars, in fact, bought the South Dakota plant from Menu.

Menu Foods served as a contracted third-party manufacturer of pet food on behalf of several brands. Not only has the recall and the surrounding media attention been a blow to Menu, but it has also contributed a black mark to some high-profile brands affected by the contamination. Consumers of these products would have no idea, without reading the fine print, that someone else manufactured their favorite pet food.

Menu found itself recalling a massive amount of pet food in the spring of this year after pets nationwide were falling ill from various ailments, including renal failure. Many died.

It was later determined that imported wheat gluten contained melamine, a toxic substance used in the manufacturing of plastic cutlery and fertilizer.

Menu Foods sourced the wheat gluten from China.

Janine and Mike, the Lakewood couple, appear to have their five cats on the mend. A settlement with Menu Foods' insurance company approached, but did not cover all of their expenses.

For Menu Foods, the pain is still being felt. Product returns are an ongoing issue, and the company expects to spend Cdn. $ 6.2 million to scale down operations.

There are more than 100 class-action lawsuits pending.


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sharky
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« Reply #1 on: January 10, 2008, 12:09:32 PM »

The true numbers will never be known... I had a CRF girl who possibley ate tainted food die in May after four yrs of numbers being steady Huh
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Carol
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« Reply #2 on: January 10, 2008, 12:14:32 PM »

"For Menu Foods, the pain is still being felt. Product returns are an ongoing issue, and the company expects to spend Cdn. $ 6.2 million to scale down operations."


For Carol and her family, the pain is still being felt.  Chronic kidney issues and eating/puking are an ongoing issue, and the family expects to spend US $XXX.00 to keep Smudge alive. Angry

The Pain is indeed felt everywhere!

Still mad! and Sad!
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catbird
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« Reply #3 on: January 10, 2008, 12:39:41 PM »

Still mad.  Still sad.  But I am glad this article was so much more truthful about the numbers of affected pets, and the ongoing costs of caring for them.
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« Reply #4 on: January 10, 2008, 12:40:06 PM »

The only good thing I get out of this news is that the executives are losing some money too. Not nearly enough, but at least they are feeling it.
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« Reply #5 on: January 10, 2008, 05:54:36 PM »

Carol, i'm mad and sad too. And I sure hope they feel it alright. they will never hurt the way We do, though.
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« Reply #6 on: January 10, 2008, 07:10:54 PM »

Thanks for posting the article.
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« Reply #7 on: January 10, 2008, 08:23:58 PM »

What's more, the CEO of the company is voluntarily reducing his compensation by 22 per cent

What a real stand up guy.  Is this the same guy who sold his stock before the recall?  Let's see, what's 22% of $2 million?  I'll bet his poor kids can't even have that trip to Europe this year. So sad.
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3catkidneyfailure
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« Reply #8 on: January 11, 2008, 01:14:06 PM »

I am so glad to know others sometimes feel unreasonably angry at these manufacturers.
Just think, our pets were dying from December 2006 to now, and the food companies
signed an agreement Memorandum of Understanding (MOU, posted here on Itchmo)
with the FDA/CVM in April 2007 to make sure they retain control of pet food ingredients until
April of 2012. I'm still waiting for them to demonstrate one iota of concern for anything
but profits. Hope I'm not alone!
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« Reply #9 on: January 11, 2008, 02:58:56 PM »

Part of this story was printed back in October and we had some interesting opinions back then too--  here's a reminder of what we all said then........

http://itchmoforums.com/the-ring-unmoderated/menu-foods-sharing-the-pain-o-t2249.0.html
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5CatMom
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« Reply #10 on: January 13, 2008, 11:12:20 AM »

"There are more than 100 class-action lawsuits pending."

 Grin  Grin  Grin

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3catkidneyfailure
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« Reply #11 on: January 13, 2008, 11:25:14 AM »

And those 100 lawsuits will more than likely result in monetary awards similar
to the 2005 Diamond lawsuit, about $1,000 per plaintiff or class member. Just
in my case, that $1,000 was spent in the first two days of trying to save my
first cat of three in February 2007. That hardly will compensate for the subsequent
treatment of many chronically ill animals to date. I just hope the lawsuits will force some
changes in the commercial pet food industry. I think that's why many of us are
in lawsuits, to force changes to the industry we don't seem to be getting any other way.
So I'm with you, 5Cat, hoping the lawsuits will expand the pain for the whole worthless
industry. There really are parts of the food chain and rendering process that are
garbage, PFI, and you're going to have to start disposing of them safely instead of
canning and bagging them for profit.
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JanC
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« Reply #12 on: January 14, 2008, 06:53:34 AM »

I know this isn't a MF issue but reading that Good Housekeeping has put their seal of approval on Iams & Eukanuba about gagged me.  I didn't see anything in the article about all the testing they're doing to ensure that their "food" (& I use that term loosely) is now safe for our fur babies.  Just that it's "free from defects" whatever the **** that means.

None of these jokers, even with a very slight decrease in pay, will ever know the pain that everyone went through because of their greed & carelessness.  They are laughing all the way to the bank which is what infuriates me. Angry
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sharky
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« Reply #13 on: January 14, 2008, 09:41:26 AM »

And those 100 lawsuits will more than likely result in monetary awards similar
to the 2005 Diamond lawsuit, about $1,000 per plaintiff or class member. Just
in my case, that $1,000 was spent in the first two days of trying to save my
first cat of three in February 2007. That hardly will compensate for the subsequent
treatment of many chronically ill animals to date. I just hope the lawsuits will force some
changes in the commercial pet food industry. I think that's why many of us are
in lawsuits, to force changes to the industry we don't seem to be getting any other way.
So I'm with you, 5Cat, hoping the lawsuits will expand the pain for the whole worthless
industry. There really are parts of the food chain and rendering process that are
garbage, PFI, and you're going to have to start disposing of them safely instead of
canning and bagging them for profit.

I was over charged by the phone company for yr s with a tax that they should not have collected .. Joined a class action and kid you not got a check for .04 cents
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3catkidneyfailure
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« Reply #14 on: January 15, 2008, 11:32:30 AM »

Hey, sharky, even if it was just my 2 cents, but cyuranic acid and melamine got banned
forever, along with a lot of other AAFCO Official Publication ingredients for animal feed
and pet food, including by-products, rendering products, pentobarbitol, and there was
immediate automatic recall of any product containing same, it would be worth it for
all the future generations of companion animals. Just the principle that manufacturers
and retailers are responsible for the products they generate could also save many
people.
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