Ok, so I did some looking around on the PFPSA site to help answer some of the questions in this thread. Here's what I pulled together:
CAVEAT: This is not all-inclusive, just a quick run-through. Some of this is copied and pasted, some is re-worded to shorten the text.PFPSA has either paid for the following tests or received copies of the results from a consumer who paid for the testing after dealing with a sick animal (cat and dog food has been tested) http://www.pfpsa.org/news.html
--Nutro - two of three samples contained zinc at 270 ppm and 380 ppm, levels that would be illegal for sale in the European Union. The third sample came in at 230 ppm.
--Wellness & Purina - Zinc came in at 190 ppm
--Nutro Max Cat - Zinc at 38 times the amount of zinc recommended by the National Research Council
--Nutro Natural Choice Chicken Meal - e-coli, salmonella, and listeria, aflatoxin, all non-detected. Copper was approx 2 and 3 times higher than AAFCO recommendations. Zinc over 4 times the recommended amount
--Nutro Max Cat Gourmet Classicsr" - positive for cyanuric acid
--Fancy Feast - Ethylene glycol and DEG were not detected. Organic acids were undetected at a level of sensitivity of 1,000 ppm, with the exception of lactic acid, which was present in the food at 2,200 ppm.
--Fancy Feast - no unknown toxins and below detectable limits for peroxide and mercury
--Evangers pheasant and brown rice - Solanine and Aflatoxin tested negative. Copper levels were approximately twice the recommended level for dogs.
--Hill's Science Diet (test not requested by PSPSA) - positive for cyanuric acid and melamine
--Waggin Trails Brand Chicken Jerky Dog Treats - Unknown Toxin Scan and Radiation by Geiger Counter both non-detected.
--Hills Science Diet - Acetaminophen only, non-detected
--Frisky's - No foreign objects found
--Special Kitty - positive for acetaminophen and melamineThe following labs were used for the above testing
Washington Animal Disease Diagnostic Lab.
Analytical Sciences Laboratory University of Idaho
ExperTox Inc. Analytical Laboratory
MidWest Laboratories Inc.
Bodycote Testing Group
Silliker JR Laboratories, ULC
PFPSA is not (that I could find) involved in any group litigation, nor does it ask for anyone to join any litigation cases. It DOES say that litigation has it's place in forcing change - but that's nothing more than the truth - and mentions at least one case (I think) that someone else has or is putting together.Here's a paragraph reference the finances:
"June 14, 2008: ..... Pfpsa.org has been helping pet owners with testing pet food suspected in a pet's illness for almost nine months now. At this time, we felt it would be appropriate to make information on donations and expenses available to persons interested in the progress of this start up phase of the effort. Through June 8, 2008, pfpsa.org has received $2454 in donations and our expenses totaled $2116. To date, pfpsa.org has been operated strictly through the efforts of volunteers. As a result, we're proud to report that 95% of all funds donated to the effort have been applied directly to the project's objectives, with the remainder going to merchant services for processing contributions."
- - - - - - - -
Itchmo is my first go-to for recall information and pet food product issues. I've been a member of the forum since early 2007 and I deeply respect the efforts those people put into delving into nitty gritty details. Are they passionate about what they're doing? You bet, but that doesn't invalidate the info they're collecting. Itchmo has enough respect that Pet Food personnel come and discuss issues with board members.
Finally, I found another site that tracks recalls (both human and animal) and conducts it's own research as well as interviews of the parties involved:http://efoodalert.blogspot.com/
Ok, *whew*, I'm out of breath!
I think my final thought here would be - just be aware folks. Keep up with Itchmo, check out Pet Connection every now and again, get the efoodalerts sent automatically, then find your own comfort level with the information you're receiving. Don't panic, but don't buy blindly either.