Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor | Richard A. Ball, Commissioner
Jessica A. Chittenden

March 30, 2007

Statement from NYS Ag Commissioner Patrick Hooker

Regarding FDA’s Findings in Menu Foods Pet Food Recall


Regarding FDA’s Findings in Menu Foods Pet Food Recall

"Today, FDA has identified another substance in implicated cat food, Melamine, which adds further information to what was already discovered and helps move this investigation forward. While we have no doubt that Melamine is present in the recalled pet food, there is not enough known data on the mammalian toxicity levels of Melamine to conclude it could cause illness and deaths in cats. With little existing data, many questions still remain as to the connection between the illnesses and what has caused them.

"Last Friday, we announced that the New York State Food Laboratory identified Aminopterin as a toxin present in cat food samples from Menu Foods. We stand confident in our finding of Aminopterin and know of at least one other laboratory that has confirmed its presence, the University of Guelph’s Animal Health Laboratory in Canada. Since, neither Aminopterin nor Melamine are compounds that should be found in pet food, it is important for full public disclosure.

"We believe the laboratories involved in this investigation should continue to maintain an open forum to definitively identify the one or more agents that are causing the deaths and illnesses of cats and dogs so that they do not enter the animal or human food chain in the future. We are committed to continuing to work closely with FDA and collaborating laboratories in sharing testing protocols and samples to ensure all possibilities are explored with the hope for a timely outcome to this situation."


New York State Food Laboratory Aminopterin Announcement

University of Guelph’s Animal Health Laboratory’s LabNote

2007 Press Releases