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    Pet Food Recall

    I'm sure many of you have already seen this, and I didn't search for an already created topic here about it, but:

    http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,259223,00.html

    WASHINGTON —  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. (WMT) 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 -- 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.


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    That's a lot of pet food - check your cans. I've already tossed mine. My cat was puking this morning, but that alone doesn't mean anything. We feed her one tiny can of wet food a day or every other day, and dry the rest of the time.

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    Well .. their site is down now ... I'm sure they're getting flooded !!!
    My kitty is a spoiled brat ... she got fresh rainbow trout today, and She'll keep on getting it until I know for certain that her food is safe.
    I'm pretty sure Purina isn't on the list , but don't quote me on that.

    Thanks for the heads up Jeannette
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    You talk about freaking out...my 14 year old cat has been puking up her wet food for quite awhile now...and I didn't know why?...
    She already has kidney/liver problems and I thought I was doing well with the special wet cat food until a few weeks ago when she started puking...Talk about being stressed out and sick over what was happening to her...I'm pissed...It's back to making her wet cat food as of this moment...I'm not trusting these so-called, "special" cat food makers anymore!!!...

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    I just checked out the web-site menufoods.com and there is supposedly nothing wrong witht the Pedigree chicken or beef formulated wet dog food. I'm not taking any chances with my Golden Retriever though. Actually I'm concerned because she hasn't been very energentic lately. Seems very lazy and drinking huge amounts of water.

    I'm going to contact the vet tomorrow morning and get her in right away and see what tests can be performed.

    This is a big problem. They are concerned that who ever is in charge of the quality of dog food isn't doing there job. I say FIRE the s.o.b.
    The person probably has no animals and could care if the food preperation is being performed properely.
    Looks to me that menu foods will be looking for a better quality control manager/inspectior. I'll have to find out where the head quarters is and try for the new position. Not really though.

    Anyone else pissed about what has happened?
    Eddie

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