Pet Food Recall
Cuts and Gravy style dog and cat food by Menu Foods, Inc
by Pinedale Online!
March 21, 2007
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been informed that Menu Foods, Inc., a private-label pet food manufacturer based in Streetsville, Ontario, Canada, is recalling all its "cuts and gravy" style dog and cat food produced at its facility in Emporia, Kansas between December 3, 2006 and March 6, 2007. The products are sold in the United States, Canada and Mexico in cans and pouches under numerous brand names. The products are marketed nationwide by many pet food retailers including Ahold USA Inc., Kroger Company, Safeway, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., PetSmart, Inc., and Pet Valu, Inc.
The recall was prompted by consumer complaints received by the manufacturer and by tasting trials conducted by the manufacturer. There has been a small number of reported instances of cats and dogs in the United States that developed kidney failure after eating the affected product. To date, Menu Foods, Inc. has reported 14 animal deaths to the FDA. Nine cats died during routine taste trials conducted by the company. Consumers reported deaths of four cats and one dog. The firm has undertaken extensive testing of the pet food products in question, but to date has been unable to find the source of the problem.
Menu Foods, Inc. has identified the potentially contaminated products on the Internet at www.menufoods.com/recall.
Consumers who have any of these products should immediately stop feeding them to their pets. Dogs or cats who have consumed the suspect feed and show signs of kidney failure (such as loss of appetite, lethargy and vomiting) should consult with their veterinarian.
Menu Foods, Inc. is notifying retailers by telephone and mail and is arranging for the return of all recalled products.
The Food and Drug Administration is conducting an investigation and working with Menu Foods, Inc. to ensure the effectiveness of the recall. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-866-895-2708. Consumers who wish to report adverse actions or other problems can go to http://www.fda.gov/opacom/backgrounders/complain.html to contact the FDA complaint coordinator in their state.
Purina PetCare Company announced that as a precautionary measure, it is voluntarily withdrawing its 5.3 ounce Mighty DogŪ brand pouch products that were produced by Menu Foods, Inc. from December 3, 2006 through March 14, 2007. No Mighty Dog canned products, or any other Purina products are affected by Menu's recall.
Hill'sŪ Pet Nutrition, Inc. has announced a voluntary precautionary recall in the United States and Canada of a very small number of canned cat products that are co-manufactured by Menu.
Hill's is voluntarily recalling the following products:
1. Science DietŪ Kitten Savory CutsŪ Ocean Fish 3 oz. and 5.5 oz.
2. Science DietŪ Feline Adult Savory CutsŪ Beef 5.5 oz.
3. Science DietŪ Feline Adult Savory CutsŪ Chicken 5.5 oz.
4. Science DietŪ Feline Adult Savory CutsŪ Ocean Fish 5.5 oz.
5. Science DietŪ Feline Senior Savory CutsŪ Chicken 5.5 oz.
No other Hill's products are affected by this recall.
P&G Pet Care has announced a voluntary recall in the United States and Canada on specific 3 oz., 5.5 oz., 6 oz. and 13.2 oz. canned and 3 oz. and 5.3 oz. foil pouch "wet" cat and dog food products manufactured by Menu Foods Inc. Emporia, Kansas plant with the code dates of 6339 through 7073 followed by the plant code 4197. All other canned and small foil wet pouch products produced at other plants are not affected by this issue. Iams and Eukanuba "dry" products are not manufactured at Menu Foods and not affected by this issue. Iams and Eukanuba biscuits, treats and sauces are not affected by this issue.
FDA Pet Food News Release (March 17, 2007)