FDA recalling potentially contaminated pet food

| Tuesday, March 20, 2007

If you've got a four-legged companion in your rig, take note - there may be some very bad stuff in your animal's food.

Menu Foods Inc., a private-label pet food manufacturer based in Streetsville, Ontario, Canada, is recalling all of the "cuts and gravy" dog and cat food that was produced at its facility in Emporia, KS, between Dec. 3, 2006, and March 6, 2007.

The pet food is packaged in cans and pouches under numerous brand names and is marketed nationwide by many pet food retailers, including Ahold USA, Kroger, Safeway, Wal-Mart, PetSmart and Pet Valu. The products are sold in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

The recall was prompted after a small number of consumers reported having cats and dogs that developed kidney failure after eating the affected product. There have been reported instances of 10 deaths - one dog and nine cats.

The firm has done extensive testing of the pet food products in question, but to date has been unable to find the source of the problem, according to a press release from the Food and Drug Administration.

Menu Foods has identified the potentially contaminated products 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 or vomiting, should consult with a veterinarian immediately.

Menu Foods is notifying retailers by telephone and mail and is arranging for the return of all recalled products. The FDA is also conducting an investigation.

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.

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