Major pet food recall expands to dry food

A major recall of pet food in North America has
expanded to two more companies and now includes dry food for the first time,
U.S. federal health authorities and the companies
said.

The Food and Drug Administration
said late on Friday it notified Hill’s Pet Nutrition Inc. that tests had
detected byproducts of a suspect chemical in the wheat gluten it used to make
Prescription Diet m/d Feline dry food.

The FDA concluded earlier on Friday that melamine,
a chemical used in fertilizers in Asia and forbidden in pet food, had been found
in some wheat gluten used by a Canadian company at the center of the recall two
weeks ago.

Ontario-based Menu Foods makes
pet food sold under several popular labels. The FDA and Menu said the suspect
wheat gluten came from a Chinese supplier, which was not
identified.

Menu recalled certain batches
of wet pet food in mid-March after the products were blamed for the deaths of at
least 14 animals — mostly cats.

The FDA,
which is continuing its investigation, found that wheat gluten from the same
company that supplied Menu Foods was used to make the Hill’s product, the first
time a dry food had been
implicated.

Hill’s, a unit of
Colgate-Palmolive Co. based in Topeka, Kansas, has voluntarily recalled the
product sold through veterinarians. The company confirmed the recall in a
statement.

Separately, Nestle Purina
PetCare Co. announced in a statement it was voluntarily recalling all sizes and
varieties of its ALPO Prime Cuts in Gravy wet dog food with specific date
codes.

Nestle Purina, based in St. Louis,
said it learned on Friday that “some quantity” of wheat gluten from the same
supply company linked to Menu and Hill’s was used on a limited basis at one of
its facilities.

No Purina brand dry pet
foods were affected by the recall.


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