In May and June of this year, a Texas laboratory claimed to
have discovered acetaminophen in samples of petfood submitted
by petfood manufacturers and consumers. On June 5, the FDA
announced that they would launch their own investigation into
the claims. Eight days later they concluded, "At this point,
FDA sees no compelling need to analyze any more samples of
acetaminophen," stated FDA spokesman, Mike Herndon. According
to lab personnel and consumers who submitted the samples, the
FDA reached this conclusion without testing the petfood found
to be contaminated with acetaminophen.
On August 9, an action was filed to compel another FDA
investigation into the petfood poisonings of companion animals,
calling the FDA's five-month investigation "whimsical." The
main issues raised in the action claim the FDA has controlled,
withheld and otherwise manipulated information, and destroyed
essential evidence; and that they have focused on melamine, to
the exclusion of contrary evidence and expert testimony showing
the substance to be virtually nontoxic. The action seeks
non-monetary relief, asking the FDA to properly investigate
recalled and unrecalled petfood, and to cease destroying
related petfood evidence.
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