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Rat Poison Contaminates Pet Food

Rat poison found in store bought pet food has lead to the recall of more than 60 million cans of cat and dog food from company Menu Foods, this includes all 95 brands of "cuts and gravy" style food produced by the company. The contaminated food has been blamed for the deaths of at least 15 cats and two dogs, but scientists say they still don’t know how the poison got there in the first place. More animal deaths are expected as the recall goes into effect. The poison itself 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.

The Associated Press article talks about the specifics of the recall and focuses on the poison. The article explains how Scientists at the New York State Animal Health Diagnostic Center at Cornell University and at the New York State Food Laboratory tested different foods and finding the poison in the majority.

The New York Times article digs much deeper into the people who are involved with the ongoing investigation, quoting officials from the Food and Drug Administration and chairmen and chairwoman from Menu Foods. The overall reporting of the times article is much deeper. They seem to mention every group possible being affected by the recall, even pet owners who believe their pets have been poisoned by the contaminated food.


Read the New York Times article here

or click the title to get the AP article