Mass recall of dog and cat food after pets die
POSTED: 9:12 p.m. EDT, March 18, 2007
• Recall of wet pet food made by Menu Foods for Wal-Mart,
Kroger, PetsMart, others
• Undisclosed number of cats and dogs suffered vomiting,
kidney failure; 10 died
• Recall affects specific sizes of Iams and Eukanuba brands of
dog, cat food
• See lists of recalled brands at bottom of story
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Pet owners were worried
Saturday that the pet food in their cupboards could be deadly after
millions of containers of dog and cat food sold at major retailers
across North America were recalled.
Menu Foods -- 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, the
company 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.
'Cuts and gravy' food sold in cans, pouches recalled
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 December 3 and March 6 throughout
the United States, Canada and Mexico.
The pet food was sold by stores operated by the Kroger
Co., Safeway Inc., Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and PetSmart Inc., among others,
Menu Foods said it makes pet foods 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.
Procter & Gamble 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
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, Kansas, and Pennsauken, New
Jersey, 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.
FDA also working to target brands
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.
Below are lists of specific brands recalled by Menu
Foods, in addition to Procter & Gamble's recall of certain Iams and
Eukanuba products. Menu Brands lists the brands on its Web site,
www.menufoods.com, and advises consumers to call 1-866-895-2708 for more
Recalled cat foods
Americas Choice; Preferred Pets; Authority; Best Choice;
Companion; Compliments; Demoulas Market Basket; Fine Feline Cat, Shep
Dog; 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; and Winn Dixie.
Recalled dog foods
America's Choice; Preferred Pets; Authority; Award; Best
Choice; Big Bet; Big Red; Bloom; Bruiser; Cadillac; Companion; Demoulas
Market Basket; Fine Feline Cat; 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 and Your
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