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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 03-17-2007, 01:18 PM Thread Starter
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Another pet food recall...

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WASHINGTON A major manufacturer of dog and cat food sold under Wal-Mart, Safeway, Kroger and other store brands recalled 60 million containers of wet pet food Friday after reports of kidney failure and deaths.

An unknown number of cats and dogs suffered kidney failure and about 10 died after eating the affected pet food, Menu Foods said in announcing the North American recall. Product testing has not revealed a link explaining the reported cases of illness and death, the company said.

"At this juncture, we're not 100 percent sure what's happened," said Paul Henderson, the company's president and chief executive officer. However, the recalled products were made using wheat gluten purchased from a new supplier, since dropped for another source, spokeswoman Sarah Tuite said. Wheat gluten is a source of protein.

The recall covers the company's "cuts and gravy" style food, which consists of chunks of meat in gravy, sold in cans and small foil pouches between Dec. 3 and March 6 throughout the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

The pet food was sold by stores operated by the Kroger Company, Safeway Inc., Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and PetSmart Inc., among others, Henderson said.

Menu Foods did not immediately provide a full list of brand names and lot numbers covered by the recall, saying they would be posted on its Web site _ http://www.menufoods.com/recall _ early Saturday. Consumers with questions can call (866) 463-6738.

The company said it manufacturers for 17 of the top 20 North American retailers. It is also a contract manufacturer for the top branded pet food companies, including Procter & Gamble Co.

P&G announced Friday the recall of specific 3 oz., 5.5 oz., 6 oz. and 13.2 oz. canned and 3 oz. and 5.3 oz. foil pouch cat and dog wet food products made by Menu Foods but sold under the Iams and Eukanuba brands. The recalled products bear the code dates of 6339 through 7073 followed by the plant code 4197, P&G said.

Menu Foods' three U.S. and one Canadian factory produce more than 1 billion containers of wet pet food a year. The recall covers pet food made at company plants in Emporia, Kan., and Pennsauken, N.J., Henderson said.

Henderson said the company received an undisclosed number of owner complaints of vomiting and kidney failure in dogs and cats after they had been fed its products. It has tested its products but not found a cause for the sickness.

"To date, the tests have not indicated any problems with the product," Henderson said.

The company alerted the Food and Drug Administration, which already has inspectors in one of the two plants, Henderson said. The FDA was working to nail down brand names covered by the recall, agency spokesman Mike Herndon said.

Menu Foods is majority owned by the Menu Foods Income Fund, based in Ontario, Canada.

Henderson said the recall would cost the company the Canadian equivalent of $26 million to $34 million.


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Re: Another pet food recall...

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Recalled Cat Food:

- Americas Choice
- Preferred Pets;
- Authority;
- Best Choice;
- Companion;
- Compliments;
- Demoulas Market Basket;
- Fine Feline Cat,
- Food Lion;
- Foodtown;
- Giant Companion;
- Good n Meaty;
- Hannaford;
- Hill Country Fare;
- Hy-Vee;
- Key Food;
- Laura Lynn;
- Li'l Red;
- Loving Meals;
- Main Choice;
- Nutriplan;
- Nutro Max Gourmet Classics;
- Nutro Natural Choice;
- Paws;
- Presidents Choice;
- Price Chopper;
- Priority;
- Save-A-Lot;
- Schnucks;
- Sophistacat;
- Special Kitty;
- Springfield Pride;
- Sprout;
- Total Pet;
- My True Friend;
- Wegmans;
- Western Family;
- White Rose;
- Winn Dixie.

Recalled Dog Food:

- America's Choice;
- Preferred Pets;
- Authority;
- Award;
- Best Choice;
- Big Bet;
- Big Red;
- Bloom;
- Bruiser;
- Cadillac;
- Companion;
- Demoulas Market Basket;
- Shep Dog;
- Food Lion;
- Giant Companion;
- Great Choice;
- Hannaford;
- Hill Country Fare;
- Hy-Vee;
- Key Food;
- Laura Lynn;
- Loving Meals;
- Main Choice;
- Mixables;
- Nutriplan; Nutro Max;
- Nutro Natural Choice;
- Nutro;
- Ol'Roy; Paws;
- Pet Essentials;
- Pet Pride;
- President's Choice;
- Price Chopper;
- Priority;
- Publix;
- Roche Bros;
- Save-A-Lot;
- Schnucks;
- Springsfield Pride;
- Sprout;
- Stater Bros;
- Total Pet;
- My True Friend;
- Western Family;
- White Rose;
- Winn Dixie
- Your Pet


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Thanks for posting this! I'd heard about it but never looked up the details even though I should have. I still have my kittens on Iams kitten food, so I figured it would be a much bigger story if one of the "premium" animal foods had issues.

Edit: I want to clarify my post - Iams IS included in the recall. I figured that the story would be bigger but was unfortunately surprised when it DID include Iams. It's only the cuts & gravy that's affected though, so my kittens are AOK.



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i only learned of the recall through another message board so i thought i'd pass the info along


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what did they find in the pet food that they had to recall it?
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pedigree and Iams not in there? im suprised.


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[quote author=ak47clown link=topic=72246.msg1274657#msg1274657 date=1174243858]
there goes my afternoon snacks....
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There were no reports of humans having a problem with the food - you may be OK!


[quote author=Vegasdriver link=topic=72246.msg1274674#msg1274674 date=1174244388]
what did they find in the pet food that they had to recall it?
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They *think* it was something to do with a wheat protein. The company had just changed suppliers so that's where they're leaning but it's not confirmed yet.


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pedigree and Iams not in there? im suprised.
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Iams IS in there - but it's the wet stuff, not the dry food which I believe Iams is most popular with.



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My dogs eat cats. Do I have to worry about them eating cats that have eaten the recalled cat food? Or are they safe? :?


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