Pet deaths prompt recall of pet food

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.

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 Dec. 3 and March 6 throughout the U.S.,
Canada and Mexico.

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

Menu Foods did not immediately
provide a full list of brand names and lot numbers covered by the recall, saying
they would be posted on its Web site — http://www.menufoods.com/recall — early
Saturday. Consumers with questions can call (866)
463-6738.

The company said it
manufacturers for 17 of the top 20 North American retailers. It is also a
contract manufacturer for the top branded pet food companies. Its 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, Kan., and
Pennsauken, N.J., 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.

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.

Recalled Cat Product
Information

1. Americas Choice, Preferred Pets
2. Authority
3. Best Choice
4. Companion
5. Compliments
6. Demoulas Market Basket
7. Eukanuba
8. Fine Feline Cat
9. Food Lion
10. Foodtown
11. Giant Companion
12. Hannaford
13. Hill Country Fare
14. Hy-Vee
15. Iams
16. Laura Lynn
17. Li’l Red
18. Loving Meals
19. Meijer’s Main Choice
20. Nutriplan
21. Nutro Max Gourmet Classics
22. Nutro Natural Choice
23. Paws
24. Pet Pride
25. Presidents Choice
26. Price Chopper
27. Priority US
28. Save-A-Lot Special Blend
29. Schnucks
30. Science Diet Feline Savory Cuts
Cans
31. Sophistacat
32. Special Kitty Canada
33. Special Kitty US
34. Springfield Prize
35. Sprout
36. Stop & Shop Companion
37. Tops Companion
38. Wegmans
39. Weis Total Pet
40. Western Family US
41. White Rose
42. Winn
Dixie

Recalled Dog Product
Information

1. Americas Choice, Preferred Pets
2. Authority
3. Award
4. Best Choice
5. Big Bet
6. Big Red
7. Bloom
8. Cadillac
9. Companion
10. Demoulas Market Basket
11. Eukanuba
12. Food Lion
13. Giant Companion
14. Great Choice
15. Hannaford
16. Hill Country Fare
17. Hy-Vee
18. Iams
19. Laura Lynn
20. Loving Meals
21. Meijers Main Choice
22. Mighty Dog Pouch
23. Mixables
24. Nutriplan
25. Nutro Max
26. Nutro Natural Choice
27. Nutro Ultra
28. Nutro
29. Ol’Roy Canada
30. Ol’Roy US
31. Paws
32. Pet Essentials
33. Pet Pride – Good n Meaty
34. Presidents Choice
35. Price Chopper
36. Priority Canada
37. Priority US
38. Publix
39. Roche Brothers
40. Save-A-Lot Choice Morsels
41. Schnucks
42. Shep Dog
43. Springsfield Prize
44. Sprout
45. Stater Brothers
46. Stop & Shop Companion
47. Tops Companion
48. Wegmans Bruiser
49. Weis Total Pet
50. Western Family US
51. White Rose
52. Winn Dixie
53. Your
Pet

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ingredients.

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and
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Abundance
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(no by-products).


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