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[!----] Recall of wet pet food made by Menu Foods for Wal-Mart, Kroger, PetsMart, others
Undisclosed number of cats and dogs suffered vomiting, kidney failure; 10 died
Recall affects specific sizes of Iams and Eukanuba brands of dog, cat food


 WASHINGTON (AP) -- A major manufacturer of dog and cat food sold under Wal-Mart, Safeway, Kroger and other store brands recalled 60 million containers of wet pet food Friday after reports of kidney failure and deaths.

 An unknown number of cats and dogs suffered kidney failure and about 10 died after eating the affected pet food, Menu Foods said in announcing the North American recall. Product testing has not revealed a link explaining the reported cases of illness and death, the company said.

 "At this juncture, we're not 100 percent sure what's happened," said Paul Henderson, the company's president and chief executive officer. However, the recalled products were made using wheat gluten purchased from a new supplier, since dropped for another source, spokeswoman Sarah Tuite said. Wheat gluten is a source of protein.

[A name=1][/A][A name=rv4][/A] [H3]'Cuts and gravy' food sold in cans, pouches recalled[/H3] The recall covers the company's "cuts and gravy" style food, which consists of chunks of meat in gravy, sold in cans and small foil pouches between December 3 and March 6 throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico.

 The pet food was sold by stores operated by the Kroger Co., Safeway Inc., Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and PetSmart Inc., among others, Henderson said.

 Menu Foods said it makes pet foods for 17 of the top 20 North American retailers. It is also a contract manufacturer for the top branded pet food companies, including Procter & Gamble Co.

 Proctor & Gamble announced Friday the recall of specific 3 oz., 5.5 oz., 6 oz. and 13.2 oz. canned and 3 oz. and 5.3 oz. foil pouch cat and dog wet food products made by Menu Foods but sold under the Iams and Eukanuba brands. The recalled products bear the code dates of 6339 through 7073 followed by the plant code 4197, P&G said.

 Menu Foods' three U.S. and one Canadian factory produce more than 1 billion containers of wet pet food a year. The recall covers pet food made at company plants in Emporia, Kansas, and Pennsauken, New Jersey, Henderson said.

 Henderson said the company received an undisclosed number of owner complaints of vomiting and kidney failure in dogs and cats after they had been fed its products. It has tested its products but not found a cause for the sickness.

 "To date, the tests have not indicated any problems with the product," Henderson said.

[A name=2][/A][A name=rv3][/A] [H3]FDA also working to target brands[/H3] The company alerted the Food and Drug Administration, which already has inspectors in one of the two plants, Henderson said. The FDA was working to nail down brand names covered by the recall, agency spokesman Mike Herndon said.

 Menu Foods is majority-owned by the Menu Foods Income Fund, based in Ontario, Canada.

 Henderson said the recall would cost the company the Canadian equivalent of $26 million to $34 million.

 Below are lists of specific brands recalled by Menu Foods, in addition to Proctor & Gamble's recall of certain Iams and Eukanuba products. Menu Brands lists the brands on its Web site, www.menufoods.com, and advises consumers to call 1-866-895-2708 for more information.

[A name=3][/A][A name=rv2][/A] [H3]Recalled cat foods[/H3] Americas Choice; Preferred Pets; Authority; Best Choice; Companion; Compliments; Demoulas Market Basket; Fine Feline Cat, Shep Dog; Food Lion; Foodtown; Giant Companion; Good n Meaty; Hannaford; Hill Country Fare; Hy-Vee; Key Food; Laura Lynn; Li'l Red; Loving Meals; Main Choice; Nutriplan; Nutro Max Gourmet Classics; Nutro Natural Choice; Paws; Presidents Choice; Price Chopper; Priority; Save-A-Lot; Schnucks; Sophistacat; Special Kitty; Springfield Pride; Sprout; Total Pet; My True Friend; Wegmans; Western Family; White Rose; and Winn Dixie.

[A name=4][/A][A name=rv1][/A] [H3]Recalled dog foods[/H3] America's Choice; Preferred Pets; Authority; Award; Best Choice; Big Bet; Big Red; Bloom; Bruiser; Cadillac; Companion; Demoulas Market Basket; Fine Feline Cat; Shep Dog; Food Lion; Giant Companion; Great Choice; Hannaford; Hill Country Fare; Hy-Vee; Key Food; Laura Lynn; Loving Meals; Main Choice; Mixables; Nutriplan; Nutro Max; Nutro Natural Choice; Nutro; Ol'Roy; Paws; Pet Essentials; Pet Pride; President's Choice; Price Chopper; Priority; Publix; Roche Bros; Save-A-Lot; Schnucks; Springsfield Pride; Sprout; Stater Bros; Total Pet; My True Friend; Western Family; White Rose; Winn Dixie and Your Pet.

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well thank god my beasts eat Pedigree!

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As long as I can remember we've never fed our cats and dogs artifical and processed pet food.  They ate what we ate.  If it is good enough for us it is good enough for them.  They all lived to be almost 20 years old, except for two that got run over by vehicles.  Hearing about things like this pet food recall solidify my resolve to continue that feeding practice with future furry children.

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Yikes! Scary thought there. Thanks for the info, kingy.
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this just shows you that iams, eukanuba and any generic brand food are exactly the same. obviously, they are using the same product.
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Absolutely. Not one is better than the other though they play to it. My vet doesn't recommend any brand.... so long as the first ingredient is either chicken or beef and not just say 'meat'.
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kingy wrote:
this just shows you that iams, eukanuba and any generic brand food are exactly the same. obviously, they are using the same product.



 Lise wrote:
Absolutely. Not one is better than the other though they play to it. My vet doesn't recommend any brand.... so long as the first ingredient is either chicken or beef and not just say 'meat'. [/DIV][/DIV][/DIV]
 Good points; never understood that "meat by-product" stuff in most of those pet food (dry and wet) nor the cost (more expensive than human food in a lot of cases!).  

 

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Pedigree is not a good brand. The standard of meat in this particular product has gone downhill which is why most pet stores do not carry it any more. You should pick Science Diet or Natural Choice.

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I also like Canidae Pet Foods for my boys.  

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Recall Update. I went back to PetCetera to return my Eukanuba brand and was told to get something else. I think I got Natural Source or whatever it's called. Cost me $5.00 more than my usual cans but you can't pay enough for peace of mind.

   [H3]Tainted pet food fears growing in Canada[/H3] [P class=timeStamp][FONT size=1]Updated Mon. Mar. 19 2007 3:26 PM ET[/FONT]

 [P class=storyAttributes]One of North America's largest pet-food suppliers is recalling some of its premium dog and cat food after the deaths of several pets in the U.S. and a number of suspected cases of illness in Canadian animals.

 Menu Foods, a Streetsville, Ont. company, is recalling dog food sold throughout North America under 48 brands and cat food sold under 40 brands, including Iams, Purina PetCare, and Eukanuba.

 [A href="http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20070319/pet_food_recall_070319/20070319?hub=TopStories"][FONT size=1]http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20070319/pet_food_recall_070319/20070319?hub=TopStories[/FONT][/A]

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 It was Rat poison.




[h2]Rat poison found in recalled pet food[/h2]A toxic chemical used to kill rats and treat cancer has been found in pet food produced by Mississauga, Ont.-based Menu Foods that has been blamed for the mysterious deaths of family pets in the United States and Canada.  Traces of aminopterin were found in tests of food suspected of causing kidney failure in cats and dogs, New York state officials said Friday.[/p]  Last week, Menu Foods issued a massive recall of its products on reports that at least 16 animals had died after eating wet pet food. That recall is expected to cost the publicly traded firm an estimated $40 million.[/p]

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 Just because it has been approved OK on humans does\'nt mean the food is safe for pets.

 

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