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Archived News Updates and New Links for the 2007 Pet Food Recalls

This A+ FRR Pet Nutrition FAQ discusses the voluntary recall for more than 60 million containers of wet dog food and moist cat food made by Menu Foods and sold under top pet food brands such as Iams, Eukanuba, Hill's Science Diet, and Nutro after thousands of pets suffered kidney failure.
A voluntary pet food recall of more than 100 brands of dog food and cat food was initiated by Menu Foods on March 16th, 2007, following the deaths of at least 9 cats and 1 dog and many more reports of kidney failure in pets after having eaten contaminated pet foods made by Menu Foods.

The Menu Foods recall has since expanded to include additional recalls from at least ten pet food manufacturers. We have complete details for each of these pet food brands (found below) as well as up-to-date information on the Menu Foods recall on our Menu Food recall news alert page. Below you can find archived news updates from the main page as well as a collection of news links for more information on the international pet food recalls.



Archived Pet Food Recall News Updates

August 2007 Update: Wal-Mart has pulled two Chinese brands of dog treats from its shelves following customer reports of sickened pets. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. stopped selling Chicken Jerky Strips from Import-Pingyang Pet Product Co. and Chicken Jerky treats from Shanghai Bestro Trading on July 26th. The company subsequently conducted 17 sets of tests on the dog treats, with test results released today indicating the presence of trace amounts of melamine in the treats.

A statement from Wal-Mart warns customers to be especially wary of Chicken Jerky treats from Shanghai Bestro Trading with a UPC number of 0087784900006 and item number of 839751. Wal-Mart officials don't know if the amount of melamine found in these dog treats would be enough to sicken or kill a dog that ate the suspect products, but there's been at least one report of a customer claiming her dog died after eating some of the tainted treats.

MSNBC has more on this developing story.

June, 2007 Update: Expertox, a lab in Deer Park, Texas, today reported that it has found toxic levels of acetaminophen and/or cyanuric acid poisons in dozens of pet food samples. The contaminants could be lethal for pets, and the FDA has already launched an investigation, but the lab cannot legally reveal which pet food brands tested positive for the drugs. Additional information is available on our pet care blog.

Also today, Doane Pet Care Co. issued a recall for its Ol' Roy Complete Nutrition dog food due to concerns of possible salmonella contamination. This recall is not related to the melamine-tainted pet food recalls. Additional information can be found on our pet care blog.

May 22, 2007 Update: Consumer Affairs today reports that Nutra Nuggets dry dog food, manufactured by Diamond Pet Foods, has tested positive for melamine and caused kidney problems in at least four dogs in California.

May 21, 2007 Update: More than two months after the pet food recall news first broke, Menu Foods has now announced that it will be "phasing out" the use of ingredients imported from China in its pet foods. The company says it will not resume using them until "Menu and the 'world community' are assured that they are safe."

May 11, 2007 Update: Royal Canin today recalled eight new dog foods and seven Kasco brand dog foods and cat foods due to the products containing trace amounds of a melamine derivative (cyanuric acid?) from contaminated rice protein concentrate that was provided to the company by Cereal Byproducts (the second company — Wilbur-Ellis being the first — to receive tainted rice protein concentrate from China).

May 7, 2007 Update: The USDA has lifted the quarantine on the 20 million chickens that may have received melamine-contaminated pet food. "USDA has concluded that, based on the human risk assessment and the inability to detect melamine in the feed samples, these animals no longer need to be quarantined or withheld from processing."

May 6, 2007 Update: Due to possible cross-contamination, Chenago Valley has expanded its pet food recall list. As a result, two additional dry dog foods and one canned cat food have been recalled: Drs. Foster & Smith Dry Adult Dog Food Lamb & Brown Rice Formula, Drs. Foster & Smith Country Classic Dinners - Chicken Stew Cat Food and SmartPak LiveSmart Adult Lamb and Brown Rice (details here.

At least eleven companies have now been included in the recall of tainted pet food and treats: Menu Foods, Hill's, Nestle Purina PetCare Co., Royal Canin, Del Monte Pet Products, Sunshine Mills Inc., Natural Balance Pet Foods, Wilbur-Ellis, Cereal Byproducts, American Nutrition, and Chenango Valley Pet Foods.

May 6, 2007 Update: Due to possible cross-contamination, Chenago Valley has expanded its pet food recall list. As a result, two additional dry dog foods and one canned cat food have been recalled: Drs. Foster & Smith Dry Adult Dog Food Lamb & Brown Rice Formula, Drs. Foster & Smith Country Classic Dinners - Chicken Stew Cat Food and SmartPak LiveSmart Adult Lamb and Brown Rice (details here.

In other news, federal officials have quarantined 20 million chickens after learning their feed was mixed with pet food contaminated with melamine. The USDA, FDA and EPA are conducting a risk assessment to determine whether the chickens would pose a threat to human health if eaten. Results are expected Monday.

May 3, 2007 Update: The ASPCA today today warned pet owners that the contaminated pet food crisis is far from over, and urged them to watch their pets closely for any symptoms that may be related to the recall. The ASPCA also recommended that pets be fed products containing U. S.-sourced protein supplements only (ed. note: Flint River Ranch uses only US-sourced protein supplements.)

May 2, 2007 Update: Menu Foods has expanded its pet foods recall again, this time due to the possibility of wheat gluten cross-contamination. The expanded recall adds dozens of canned pet foods to the list (including some wheat gluten-free pet foods) that were manufactured at the company's plants during the period ChemNutra wheat gluten was used at the Menu Foods plant.

The U.S. Senate today also voted in favor of tighter regulations on imported food as well as stricter production and labeling standards for pet foods to give pet owners more information about what they are feeding their pets.

May 1, 2007 Update: In response to the melamine-tainted pet food recalls, the U.S. FDA has initiated a new import alert that requires importers to prove the following ingredients are safe before being allowed in U.S. foods: wheat gluten, rice gluten, rice protein, rice protein concentrate, corn gluten, corn gluten meal, corn by-products, soy protein, soy gluten, mung-bean protein, and amino acids.

The agency also announced it has received reports that approximately 1,950 cats and 2,200 dogs have died after eating melamine-contaminated pet foods.

April 30, 2007 Update: An article in the NY Times discusses how melamine has been used for years as a low-cost filler to spike the protein levels in pet food and other animal feeds.

April 28, 2007 Update: One interesting and surprising explanation for the devastating health issues from the tainted pet food has emerged. Research out of the University of Guelph in Canada has found that when mixed together, melamine and cyanuric acid, a chemical typically employed in pool chlorination, react to almost immediately form crystals that may block kidney function. "You wouldn't normally expect to find those compounds in pet food, and hence nobody was really looking for it," a labratory director at the university said.

April 27, 2007 Update: The American Nutrition recall has expanded to include additional foods and treats from Blue Buffalo, Harmony Farms, Mulligan Stew, and Canine Caviar (complete list here). According to the company, no American Nutrition brands are affected by the recall — only American Nutrition products sold through other companies (ed. note: yes, you read that last part correctly.)

At least ten companies have now been included in the recall of tainted pet food and treats: Menu Foods, Hill's, Nestle Purina PetCare Co., Royal Canin, Del Monte Pet Products, Sunshine Mills Inc., Natural Balance Pet Foods, Wilbur-Ellis, American Nutrition, and Chenango Valley Pet Foods.

April 26, 2007 Update: Another day, another pet food recall — or three. Diamond Pet Foods has recalled two Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover's Soul canned pet foods and one Diamond canned dog food; two Kirkland Signature Super Premium Canned food formulas sold through Costco have been recalled; and Natural Balance added four new canned pet foods to its recall list.

American Nutrition, the manufacturer for all of the foods recalled today, has initiated the recalls for all canned products made in their plant that contain rice protein concentrate. American Nutrition is the fifth and final company to be supplied supplied melamine-contaminated rice protein concentrate by Wilbur-Ellis Co. Details on the specific formulas recalled today are available here.

April 25, 2007 Update: The latest pet food manufacturer to be supplied melamine-contaminated rice protein concentrate by Wilbur-Ellis Co. has been identified, as Chenango Valley Pet Foods has initiated a voluntary recall for pet foods manufactured for sale by three companies: Drs. Foster & Smith (Adult Dry Lite Dog Food and Adult Dry Lite Cat Food), Lick Your Chops (Lamb Meal, Rice, and Egg Cat Food), and SmartPak LiveSmart Weight Management Chicken and Brown Rice Dog Food.

On the possible connection to the human food chain, the U.S. FDA is currently investigating whether melamine-contaminated livestock feed was sent to hog farms in North and South Carolina, California, New York, Utah, Kansas, and Oklahoma. Hogs on farms in these seven states have been quarantined after testing positive for the melamine toxin.

April 23, 2007 Update: Two U.S. senators are claiming a second company (Wilbur-Ellis Co. being the first) may have imported melamine-contaminated rice protein concentrate from China. The U.S. FDA has not released any details about this second company or the two yet-to-be-identified pet food manufacturers that received potentially contaminated rice protein product from Wilbur-Ellis.

April 22, 2007 Update: Royal Canin has joined the recall list, with eight dry dog foods and two dry cat foods recalled due to the presence of a new contaminant in these formulas' rice gluten and rice protein concentrate ingredients. The contaminant in this case is cyanuric acid, which is chemically related to, but distinct from, melamine.

April 19, 2007 Update: The pet food recall has expanded once again as Wilbur-Ellis Co. today announced it is voluntarily recalling all lots of a rice protein concentrate potentially contaminated by melamine that the company's feed division had shipped to five different pet food manufacturers. The only manufacturers involved that have been identified so far are Diamond Pet Foods, which manufactured the dry dog and cat foods recalled by Natural Balance, and the Blue Buffalo Company, which today issued a voluntary recall on a production run of its Spa Select Kitten dry food that contains rice protein concentrate obtained from Wilbur-Ellis.

April 18, 2007 Update: The U.S. FDA reports melamine is likely to have contaminated the rice protein concentrate ingredient used in a variety of Natural Balance Pet Foods.

Also, Menu Foods today added another dog food brand to the recall list: canned Natural Life Vegetarian brand dog food.

April 16, 2007 Update: Dick Van Patten's Natural Balance Pet Foods has recalled its Venison and Brown Rice Dry Dog Food and Venison and Green Pea Dry Cat Food formulas after receiving reports of animals vomiting and experiencing kidney problems. It's not known at this time whether this recall is related to the melamine problem.

April 10, 2007 Update: Menu Foods has once again expanded its pet food recall to include additional production batches and twenty-six new brands of dog foods and cat foods manufactured in a Canadian production plant, including 13 additional Nutro formulas as well as select foods sold at Winn Dixie, Publix, and Price Chopper.

The expanded list also includes the first and only Royal Canin pet food formula to be recalled, Royal Canin Canada's Medi-Cal Feline Dissolution Formula canned cat food diet, a prescription diet not sold in retail stores.

April 5, 2007 Update: Menu Foods has expanded its recall to include additional production batches and twenty-seven new brands of dog foods and cat foods (20 in Canada and U.S. and seven in Europe).

Sunshine Mills has voluntarily recalled a portion of its branded dog biscuits made at its Red Bay, Alabama plant due to potential wheat gluten melamine contamination. Brands recalled include Nurture, Pet Life, and Lassie brands of treats, and private label biscuits for six of Sunshine's customers were also affected.

April 4, 2007 Update: A new recall has been issued for the Dingo brand of dog and cat treats due to concerns over salmonella contamination. This recall is not related to the Menu Foods melamine contamination recall.

March 31, 2007 Update: Add Del Monte Pet Products to the recall list. The company has issued a recall for select product codes of its pet treat products sold under the Jerky Treats, Gravy Train Beef Sticks, and Pounce Meaty Morsels brands as well as select dog snack and wet dog food products sold under private label brands such as Ol' Roy and Happy Tails.

March 30, 2007 Update: Additional testing of the recalled pet foods by the U.S. FDA has revealed the presence of melamine, a chemical used to make plastics and also used as a fertilizer, in samples of the Menu Foods pet foods and in the wheat gluten imported from China and used an ingredient for the pet foods.

The first dry pet food has been added to the list of recalled pet foods. Hill's Pet Nutrition today recalled its Prescription Diet m/d Feline dry cat food due to the formula containing wheat gluten from the same supplier that Menu Foods used.

March 27, 2007 Update: Menu Foods has now recalled all of its wet pet food formulas, regardless of the date of manufacture.

March 23, 2007 Update: Rat poison (aminopterin) has been found in the pet foods blamed for the deaths of at least 16 cats and dogs, a spokeswoman for the State Department of Agriculture and Markets announced today.

March 22, 2007 Update: A new article on ABCNews.com reports the number of pets that have died from eating recalled Menu Foods pet foods may now be in the hundreds and could eventually extend into the thousands. The U.S. FDA has eliminated mold and heavy metals as potential contaminants, with a pesticide or chemical on the wheat now suspected as a possible contaminant.

Pet Care News from A+ Flint River Ranch March 19, 2007 Update: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is conducting an investigation on the Menu Foods pet food recall and stated today that seven out of fifty subject animals died, more than 1 of every 6, in tests conducted on the manufacturer's suspect dog and cat foods after complaints surfaced regarding the products.

The U.S. FDA investigation is focusing primarily on wheat gluten, a fairly common filler used in pet foods to help shape and bind the product, as the likely source of contamination.



Pet Food Recall News Links

The following are news stories and information updates from across the country covering the 2007 Menu Foods pet food recall.

Look for more information on this page as it becomes available.



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