18 March 2007

Pet Food Recall

Menu Foods, a major manufacturer of dog and cat food, has announced a recall of several very popular pet foods after reports of kidney failure and death. While the exact cause has yet to be determined, consumers are urged to check their pet food supply for affected brands. http://www.menufoods.com/recall


Associated Press UNION, N.J. - 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, the Ontario-based company that produced the pet food, said Saturday it was recalling dog food sold under 48 brands and cat food sold under 40 brands including Iams, Nutro and Eukanuba. The food was distributed throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico by major retailers such as Wal-Mart, Kroger and Safeway.

An unknown number of cats and dogs had suffered kidney failure and about 10 died after eating the affected pet food, the company said.

Meanwhile, two other companies — Nestle Purina PetCare Co. and Hill’s Pet Nutrition Inc. — announced Saturday night that as a precaution they were voluntary recalling some products made by Menu Foods.

Many stores that sold the affected brands frantically pulled packages off shelves.

At a Petsmart store in Union, Silviene Grzybowski became worried when the four types of Iams products she buys for her cat, Smokey, had vanished from shelves. The cat was very sick and had not been eating for days, she said.

“The vet told us to buy her her favorite food, but I’m going to call the vet right now,” Grzybowski said, looking at an announcement Petsmart had taped to shelves announcing the recall.

Pet owners spot symptomsRon Finegold of Boynton Beach, Fla., said he noticed about a week or so ago that his family’s 3-year-old cat — who was regularly fed a variety of Iams cat food — had stopped eating and did not appear well. He quickly took the animal to the veterinarian, who determined she was in renal failure.

He said he heard about the recall on the radio Friday night. He checked his trash, and found out he had given the cat some of the affected food.

“That’s when I realized (the illness) had to be related,” Finegold said. “She won’t be eating that stuff anymore.”

A complete list of the recalled products along with product codes, descriptions and production dates was available from the Menu Foods Web site, http://www.menufoods.com/recall. The company also designated two phone numbers that pet owners could call for information — (866) 463-6738 and (866) 895-2708 — but callers kept the lines busy for much of Saturday.

Menu Foods’ chief executive and president Paul Henderson told the Associated Press on Friday that the company was still trying to figure out what happened.

He said that the company had received an undisclosed number of owner complaints that dogs and cats were vomiting and suffering kidney failure after eating its products. He estimated that the recall would cost the company, which is mostly owned by the Menu Foods Income Fund, an estimated $26 million to $34 million.

2 comments:

  1. Oh Jovi, this isn't what happened to your dog, is it?? That is so sad that people lost pets just buying dog food. Thanks for the article.
    Gina K.

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  2. OMG my sister sent this to me and I almost died - both my pets eat the special kitty brand wet food from walmart - but neither have been sick so far.....guess I will have to find another food for my dog and cat. :(

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