ASPCA Responds to Concern Regarding Nationwide Pet Food Recalls Affecting Several Pet Food Brands

Advises Pet Parents to Discontinue
Affected Product Use Immediately
NEW YORK, March 18, 2007—The ASPCA was recently
informed of a voluntary nationwide recall of certain dog and cat foods
manufactured by Menu Foods, Inc. This recall affects more than 40 brands of pet
food distributed in the U. S. and Canada, including specific wet pet food
varieties. Brands affected include Iams, Eukanuba, Purina and Science Diet, as
well as store brands distributed by major retailers including Wal-Mart, Kroger
and Safeway, such as Ol’Roy, Special Kitty, and so on. For a complete list
of affected brands, please visit http://www.menufoods.com/recall.

There have been a small number of reports of
adverse effects on kidney function associated with the consumption of these pet
food products. Extensive testing is underway to determine the exact cause. Iams
has discussed this situation with ASPCA veterinary toxicologists and will inform
the ASPCA as soon as a cause is identified. For information on specific Iams
products affected, please visit the Iams website.

It is important for pet parents to remember this
recall affects several brands that are widely distributed at pet specialty
stores, supermarkets, mass retailers, as well as other retail and wholesale
outlets. The ASPCA recommends that pet parents discontinue the use of all
affected products immediately until further information has been received. Pet
parents should immediately consult with a veterinarian if any signs or symptoms
are noticed in their pets. In an emergency situation, they may also call the
ASPCA’s Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435.
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Founded in 1866, the ASPCA® (The American Society
for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) was the first humane
organization established in the Western Hemisphere and today has one million
supporters. The ASPCA’s mission is to provide effective means for the
prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. The ASPCA
provides national leadership in anti-cruelty, animal behavior, humane education,
government affairs and public policy, shelter support, and animal poison
control. The NYC headquarters houses a full-service animal hospital and adoption
facility. The Humane Law Enforcement department enforces New York’s animal
cruelty laws and is featured on the reality television series
Animal
Precinct
on Animal Planet. Visit www.aspca.org for more information.


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