Monday, May 28, 2007

A report in the May 26th edition of USA Today says that the reason why Menu Foods was barred from communicating with people who had lawyers to handle their case against the company was that US District Judge Noel Hillman ruled that the calls were "aggressive" and "harassing". Menu had automated dialing systems set up to phone plaintiffs not just through the week but also on weekends. Menu hired an Atlanta Georgia insurance adjuster, Crawford, to put pressure on the owners of dead pets. They attempted to get owners to sign waiver releases to waive their right to be represented by a lawyer. The Itchmo Blog recently posted a letter from the law firm of Blim and Edelson who represent many of the people suing Menu Foods giving further details of how Menu was harassing plaintiffs.
Meanwhile, on the other side of the world today's issue of the China Daily reports on 'A System to Be Set Up' for regulating food recalls in that country. The final draft of this regulation is expected to be ready by the end of this year. The article presents what is, in fact, a fairly weak response on the part of Chinese authorities, but they are at least trying to improve. It will be interesting to see if they beat the USA to the post in terms of improved regulations, or, as reported previously on this blog, they simply do "something" while the USA "does nothing" and allows its House and Senate bills to die a quiet death.


Rob said...

Is there a site where we can compare notes and catch up on the latest ?

My dog suffered the original kidney problems, but later died due to further damage from the foods to her heart...Many pet owners may feel home free when the kidney problems are treated only to feel the heartbreak weeks later
from heart failure.

We need a common voice and a place to be heard. The media could care less what we are going through.

mollymew said...

Molly has recommended two sites repeatedly on this blog:
Pet Connection
and the Itchmo Blog
These two places are up to date on the latest.Molly depends upon the avma list for a comprehensive list of recalled products. This is available through the American Veterinary Medical Association site at
I find your comment interesting as cardiac toxicity has yet to be cited as an effect of melamine and/or cyanuric acid. I could suggest two possibilities:
A: Fluid retention due to the kidney damage "unmasked" previously existing cardiac disease. Without the assault on her kidneys youir dog may have taken years to develop heart problems
B: There is something unknown about the melamine/cyanuric acid combination that is cardio toxic OR there are yet others contaminants, both identified and otherwise that have as yet unidentified cardiac toxicity.