Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Pet Food Recall Settlement Reached


Consumers whose pets were affected by tainted pet food, will be compensated by a fund set up by Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, and five other companies which have been sued for damages. They have asked a U.S. Judge to approve a 24 million dollar settlement. These funds will will permit consumers to recover up to 100 percent of their money damages.

Those consumers must be able to document their claims, according to attorneys for both sides, stated in papers filed this past Friday with the U.S. District Judge Noel Hillman, in Camden, New Jersey.

Reports received by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration from consumers whose pets were injured by from these products, contained information stating that approximately 1,050 cats and 2,200 dogs died as the result of eating contaminated pet food, according to a statement made on February 6.

According to court papers, over 100 lawsuits were filed in the United States and Canada following Menu's initial product recall in March 2007. Over 180 pet food and treat brands manufactured by 12 different companies were eventually recalled.

Ingredients made in China which were used in the manufacturing process of the 180 brands of pet foods and treats, contained melamine-tainted wheat gluten putting the animals at  high risk of kidney failure and death.

However, the FDA never released information about precisely how many pets were affected, but it received over 17,000 pet-owner complaints.

The settlement document does not reveal how much each of the recalled product companies will have to pay. Upon approval, the settlement will be widely publicized with a web site and a toll-free number  provided in order to distribute information about how to make a claim.

Of course, no matter what the financial settlement may be, it will never  never heal the hearts of those who have experienced the pain and suffering of the needless  loss of their beloved pets.

You can read more about this decision by visiting: Tulsa World and

Gina Spadafori's blog, Pet Connection.

What are your thoughts about this pending approval? Do you think that it is fair? Please share your feelings with a comment.


Anonymous said...

Not another 'made in China' episode! When the warning came out about items from China being dangerous to the health of chilren, friends took a stand. Goodie for us! They want all items as gifts for their daughter, not to be from China. Try this some time! What a headache! Everything is made in China! Whatever happened to our American Pride? Anyways...I feel terrible for these pet owners! And the poor pets themselves having to leave in such a way. We try to give them the best and something like this happens. God Bless and mend the hearts of those involved. May a new set of footprints be walking into their hearts! ~rc~

Arlene said...

Hello, Does anyone have information or know which or what web-site one should go to in order to file a claim???

My cat died in December of 2007 of kidney failure and I have some paperwork from the vet clinic.



Anonymous said...

Website is

Anonymous said...

Pet Food Products Liability Litigation Settlement
c/o Heffler, Radetich & Saitta LLP
Claims Administrator
P.O. Box 890
Philadelphia, PA 19105
(800) 392-7785 or Fax is (215) 320-2004.
Very Sorry about your kitty.