A voluntary pet food recall of more than 100 brands of dog food and cat food has been initiated by Menu Foods as of March 16th, 2007, following the deaths of thousands of cats and dogs and many more reports of kidney failure in pets after having eaten "Cuts and Gravy"-style wet pet foods made by Menu Foods.
Ontario, Canada-based Menu Foods manufactures cat foods and dog foods sold at grocery stores, pet stores, and other major retailers across North America, including 17 of the top 20 North Amercian retailers.
Popular pet food brands from Iams, Eukanuba, Hill's Science Diet, Purina, and Nutro are included in the recall, and major retailers involved include Wal-Mart (Ol' Roy), Target, PetSmart, Kroger, Food Lion, Price Chopper, Publix, and Safeway. Menu Foods is also a contract manufacturer for many of the top pet food companies, including Procter & Gamble, Nestle Purina PetCare, and Hill's Pet Nutrition Inc.
Less than two months after Menu Foods' initial pet food recall, at least ten other pet food manufacturers announced their own recalls for pet foods and treats potentially contaminated by melamine toxins in the wheat gluten or rice protein concentrate ingredients. These manufacturers include Hill's, Nestle Purina PetCare Co., Del Monte Pet Products, Sunshine Mills Inc., Wilbur-Ellis, Cereal Byproducts, Chenango Valley Pet Foods, American Nutrition, Royal Canin, Diamond Pet Foods, and Natural Balance Pet Foods.
The United States Food and Drug Administration (U.S. FDA) has received more than 17,000 complaints about tainted pet foods related to these pet food recalls, and experts are concerned that the pet death toll could reach well into the thousands.What cat and dog foods are affected?
The recall specifically applies to Menu Foods' "Cuts and Gravy" style food, a moist pet food consisting of chunks of meat in gravy that is sold in cans as well as small foil pouches. The cat and dog food recall is currently for foods sold between December 3rd and March 6th, 2007, a range that includes more than 60 million containers of pet food.
The recall is a direct result of the company having received an undisclosed number of owner complaints that their dogs and cats were vomiting and/or suffering kidney failure-related issues from eating its products, but exhaustive tests by both internal and external specialists have so far failed to identify the specific problem, according to the CEO for Menu Foods, Paul Henderson.
While specifics on the cause of the recall are still not available, there's speculation that a contaminated wheat gluten ingredient in the pet foods could be at the source of the resulting health issues. The dates for the recalled dog foods and cat foods coincide with the introduction of a wheat gluten ingredient from a new supplier for Menu Foods. The inclusion of this ingredient from the supplier has since been discontinued, according to Menu Foods.
It's possible the new wheat gluten ingredient could have been contaminated by a fungal toxin similar to the aflatoxin that contaminated corn and corn by-products in Diamond Dog Foods and claimed the lives of more than 100 dogs during last year's Diamond Pet Foods Recall.What should I do if I'm concerned my pet is affected?
Many of the major pet food retailers have already removed the affected dog and cat foods from their shelves, but if your cat or dog has been fed any of these foods recently, pay particular attention to your animal companion's appetite and health. If your pet starts vomiting, appears to lose its appetite, exhibits excessive water intake and/or urination, or shows unusual signs of lethargy, consult a veterinarian immediately.
If you're using a food on the Menu Foods recall list, we highly recommend you discontinue use of the food and switch to a dry food formula (the only pet foods currently being recalled are the canned and the foil-pouch foods) or switch to another top pet food manufacturer.
Menu Foods has also set up two toll free phone numbers that concerned pet owners can call for additional information: (866) 463-6738 and (866) 895-2708. A complete list of the recalled pet food products, along with product codes, descriptions, and production dates for the petfood recall, can be found on the Menu Foods Web site at http://www.menufoods.com/recall.
Affected Dog Foods in the Recall
The following dog foods are included in the Menu Foods dog food recall / dogfood recall (listed in alphabetical order): ALPO Prime Cuts in Gravy (Purina), Americas Choice (Preferred Pets), Authority, Award, Best Choice, Big Bet, Big Red, Bloom, Bruiser, Cadillac, Companion, Demoulas Market Basket, Eukanuba, Food Lion, Giant Companion, Great Choice, Hannaford, Hill Country Fare, Hy-Vee, Iams, Key Food, Laura Lynn, Loving Meals, Meijers Main Choice, Mighty Dog (Purina), Mixables, Nutriplan, Nutro Max, Nutro Natural Choice, Nutro, Ol Roy Canada, Ol' Roy US, Paws, Pet Essentials, Pet Pride - Good n Meaty, Presidents Choice, Price Chopper, Priority, Publix, Roche Bros, Save-A-Lot, Schnucks, Shep Dog, Springfield Prize, Sprout, Stater Bros, Total Pet (My True Friend), Western Family, White Rose, Winn Dixie, and Your Pet.Affected Cat Foods in the Recall
The following cat foods are included in the Menu Foods cat food recall / catfood recall (listed in alphabetical order): Americas Choice (Preferred Pets), Authority, Award, Best Choice, Companion, Compliments, Demoulas Market Basket, Eukanuba, Fine Feline Cat, Food Lion, Foodtown, Giant Companion, Hannaford, Hill Country Fare, Hy-Vee, Iams, Key Food, Laura Lynn, Li'l Red, Loving Meals, Meijers Main Choice, Nutriplan, Nutro Max Gourmet Classics, Nutro Natural Choice, Paws, Pet Pride, Presidents Choice, Price Chopper, Priority, Save-A-Lot, Schnucks, Science Diet Feline Savory Cuts Cans, Science Diet Prescription Diet m/d Feline, Sophistacat, Special Kitty Canada, Special Kitty US, Springfield Prize, Sprout, Total Pet (My True Friend), Wegmans, Western Family, White Rose, and Winn Dixie.
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A+ FRR Note: No Recalls for Flint River Ranch - Flint River Ranch has no involvement with Menu Foods or the companies it sells pet foods to, and none of Flint River Ranch's all natural, healthy dog food formulas or cat food formulas are involved in this pet food recall or any other pet food recall.Related Information: